Fundraising for National Coast Guard Museum in New London crosses $1 million threshold

New London — The fundraising effort to support the planning and construction of the National Coast Guard Museum in downtown New London has crossed the $1 million threshold, the museum association has announced.

A recent donation of $1,980 from Howard Slotnick, treasurer and chairman emeritus of the National Maritime Historical Society, pushed the National Coast Guard Museum Association over the $1 million mark.

“Thank you to Howard Slotnick and all of our individual donors and corporate contributors for their pledges of support,” John S. Johnson, treasurer of the association, said in a statement. “It’s through their leadership and philanthropy that we continue to make strides in our efforts to construct a living tribute to our brave US Coast Guard men and women.”

The association is in the midst of an initial nationwide campaign to raise $1.5 million and also plans to ask the federal government for funding.

The state has pledged up to $20 million for a pedestrian bridge across the railroad tracks and for improvements to the city’s regional intermodal transportation center.

The museum, which is expected to include four floors of interactive exhibits, event space, lecture rooms and a reception area with a gift shop and cafe, could be opened late in 2017.

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