The U.S. Coast Guard should establish a historical center to enhance its ability to collect, preserve, record, study, interpret, and publish history for the service and the American people. In this era of scarce taxpayer resources and greater priorities such as defending the homeland or fighting militant Islam around the globe though, it is fair to ask why the Coast Guard needs such a facility.
The Coast Guard needs its own historical center, modeled after the Navy's because it has a rich and proud history that is worth-collecting, preserving, and re-telling for future generations. If not given the proper resources (private or public funding), the danger will always exist that this proud and glorious heritage won't be available to subsequent generations. It is just that simple, especially since Coast Guard history is at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to dollars as it competes against aging ships, aircraft, and shore installations.