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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Several Kentucky ‘Blue Star’ museums offer military families free summer admission

More than 20 Kentucky museums are opening their doors free of charge to active duty military personnel and their family members as participants of the Blue Star Museums initiative.
 
Participating Kentucky Blue Star Museums join more than 2,000 of their counterparts in the initiative across the 50 states. The program is a collaboration of the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and the museums. Free admission to participating museums is available to all active duty military personnel and their families now through Labor Day 2013.
 

Shell Grotto in Headley-Whitney museum in Lexington. (Photo from headley-whitney.org.)

Shell Grotto in Headley-Whitney museum in Lexington. (Photo from headley-whitney.org.)

“According to information provided by the Blue Star Museums initiative, there are more than 1 million children who have had at least one parent deployed during times of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Lori Meadows, executive director. “We applaud Kentucky’s Blue Star Museums for participating in this program and offering our service families memorable, fun and informative experiences when many have limited time together this summer.”
 
The 24 participating museums are:
 
Bowling Green
Eloise B. Houchens Center; for more information, click here
Historic RailPark & Train Museum; for more information, click here
Kentucky Museum; for more information, click here
 

Covington
Behringer-Crawford Museum; for more information, click here
 
Danville
McDowell House Museum; for more information, click here
 
Fort Knox
The General George Patton Museum of Leadership; for more information, click here
 
Frankfort
Kentucky Historical Society; for more information, click here
 
LaGrange
Oldham County History Center; for more information, click here
 
Lexington
The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky; for more information, click here
Aviation Museum of Kentucky; for more information, click here
Headley-Whitney Museum; for more information, click here
 
Louisville
Frazier History Museum; for more information, click here
Historic Locust Grove; for more information, click here
KentuckyShow!; for more information, click here
Muhammad Ali Center; for more information, click here
 
Maysville
Kentucky Gateway Museum Center; for more information, click here
 
Morganfield
James D. Veatch Camp Breckinridge Museum & Arts Center; for more information, click here
 
Owensboro
International Bluegrass Music Museum; for more information, click here
Owensboro Museum of Science and History; for more information, click here
 
Paducah
National Quilt Museum; for more information, click here
River Discovery Center; for more information, click here
 
Paris
Hopewell Museum; for more information, click here
 
Renfro Valley
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame; for more information, click here
 
Winchester
Bluegrass Heritage Museum; for more information, click here
 
This is the fourth year for the Blue Star Museums initiative. Museums are welcome to join throughout the summer, and this year’s national roster represents fine arts museums, science museums, history museums, nature centers and children’s museums. Museums that wish to participate may contact bluestarmuseums@arts.gov, or Wendy Clark at 202-682-5451.
 
Blue Star Families is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families.
 
From KAC

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