National Museum of Civil War Medicine to Participate in Blue Star Museums

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CIVIL WAR MEDICINE TO PARTICIPATE IN BLUE STAR MUSEUMS

Today The National Museum of Civil War Medicine (NMCWM) announces the launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The NMCWM is one of more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer.

Blue Star Museums runs from Memorial Day, May 30, 2011 through to Labor Day, September 5, 2011. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members.

“Blue Star Museums recognizes and thanks our military families for all they are doing for our country, and simultaneously begins young people on a path to becoming life-long museum goers.” said National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman.

“Last year the success of the inaugural year of the Blue Star Museums program showed that  partnerships between the nation’s museum and military communities are a natural,” said Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet.

This year, more than 1,324 (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 500 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 70 children’s museums.

For more information on the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, please contact Joanna Jennings at 301-695-1864.

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