CHM TO PARTICIPATE IN BLUE STAR MUSEUMS

THE CULTURE AND HERITAGE MUSEUMS TO PARTICIPATE IN BLUE STAR MUSEUMS


The Culture and Heritage Museums are four of more than 1800 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.


York County, SC – Today, the Culture & Heritage Museums announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. Historic Brattonsville will officially launch the program on Monday, May 27. From 10:00am until 4:00pm, Historic Brattonsville will be open for a special day of Living History to honor those who have served in our military through the ages. Visitors can learn 19th century military customs from men who represented a military unit from the past. Active military personnel and their families will be admitted free to the site. Regular admission applies for all other visitors. “This is something that we are proud to be a part of as a way to say thank you to military families for their service and sacrifice,” said Carey Tilley, CHM Director.


Note: The Museum of York County, the Main Street Children’s Museum and the McCelvey Center will be closed on Memorial Day. Free admission for military personnel and their families at these sites will begin on May 28th.


"Blue Star Museums is something that service members and their families look forward to every year and we are thrilled with the continued growth of the program,” said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Through this distinctive collaboration between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1800 museums across the United States, service members and their families can connect with our national treasures with this unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country’s finest museums for free.”


Leadership support for the Blue Star Museum program has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members.