Local leader tapped to develop Coast Guard Museum

(from the ChinookObserver.com) By the way- Jerry is a really good guy. A perfect choice for the task.
Ostermiller officially named to develop new Coast Guard museum

Jerry Ostermiller, former president of the Columbia River Maritime Museum, was named president of the National Coast Guard Museum in Connecticut Thursday.

He will establish museum programming, develop internal infrastructure and lead capital campaign fund raising efforts for the construction of the country's newest national museum in New London, Conn.

The Coast Guard is the only military service that does not have a national museum.

"We are honored to have Jerry lead the National Coast Guard Museum, especially during the pinnacle of its development," said James Coleman, chairman of the museum association's board of directors. "Jerry has an impressive record of leadership that will be the necessary conduit to prepare the museum to open its doors. We look forward to partnering and supporting him in this impressive undertaking to honor the U.S. Coast Guard."

"Through the encouraging work of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, the Coast Guard Foundation, the city of New London and the state of Connecticut, we are within reach of our goal to establish a National Coast Guard Museum that will educate Americans about our nation's rich maritime heritage and the heroic history of the Coast Guard and its guardians," said Adm. Thad W. Allen, commandant of the Coast Guard.

Ostermiller worked for 19 years at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the first nationally accredited maritime museum on the West Coast entirely supported by private donations. His tenure included completing a $6,000,000 remodel.

Previously he was historic sites administrator for the state of Idaho and was a member of the Idaho Historic Preservation Council and served as its president. He is a past president of the Council of American Maritime Museums and a member of the board of the U.S. Lifesaving Service Heritage Association.