|Allen Museum to participate in Blue Star Museums|
|Friday, May 24, 2013 12:29 AM|
The Allen County Museum will be participating in the Blue Star Museums program this summer. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. This unique collaboration gives service members and their families the opportunity to connect with our national treasures and visit some of the country’s finest museums for free. Allen County Museum Director Patricia Smith stated, “Our participation with Blue Star Families ensures that we can reach out to military families and thank them for their service and sacrifice.” The Allen County Museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The complete list of participating museums is available at: www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. For more information, call the Allen County Museum at 419-222-9426 or visit: http://www.allencountymuseum.org/ACM2/Welcome.html.
This year, more than 1,800 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 450 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association for State and Local History, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just art museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 75 children’s museums. Among this year’s new participants are the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum in Northport, Michigan, the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan, Alaska, the World Museum of Mining in Butte, Montana, and the Allen County Museum in Lima.
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families hosts a robust array of morale and empowerment programs, including Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corp, Blue Star Careers and Operation Appreciation. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. Working in concert with fellow nonprofits, community advocates, and public officials, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Our worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents, and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit: http://www.bluestarfam.org.