In conjunction with the City of Florence recently being named a ‘Coast Guard City’, the Oregon Coast Military Museum is pleased to announce an increased Coast Guard presence at the Museum as well.
“We have always sought to have a greater display for our Coast Guard since we enjoy having a Station of our own in Florence, and after an appeal out to our supporters and the community earlier this summer, we were rewarded with the donation of multiple items to actually create that display.” explained Chief of Staff Geoff Cannon. “While we had some token Coast Guard items, we lacked some more significant artifacts to build it around, and thanks to Master Chief Tim Tregoning and his wife Amy, we now have two of their former uniforms on display.” The display also includes photos, literature and a video of Florence area Coast Guard members in action, produced by Auxiliary member Deborah Cordone.
In addition to the expanded display, the Museum also now offers the new Challenge Coin created specifically for the Coast Guard City designation. With the concept designed by Chief Ben Snider of Station Siuslaw River, the graphics were created by Ginger Jones of TR Hunter Real Estate, and the Florence Band of Brothers donated the cost of producing the coins. The City of Florence awarded coins to local Coast Guard members as well as visiting dignitaries, and the public can purchase their own at the Museum’s gift shop.
The Museum is located at 2145 Kingwood Street in Florence, and open to the public Thursday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.