Free admission to military personnel and their families this summer
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 4, 2013) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will participate in Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to veterans and active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Free admission to the KHS history campus is now available to veterans and active-duty military and their immediate family members, and includes access to the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum. This offer applies to veteran and active duty members of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard and Reserve.
“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 2,000 museums across the U.S., 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.”
This year, more than 2,000 (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 of State and Local History, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent fine arts museums, science museums, history museums, nature centers and 75 children’s museums.
The KHS history campus is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Visitors can explore the exhibits “A Kentucky Journey” and “Toyota Kentucky Hall of Governors” at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History and “Kentucky Military Treasures” at the Kentucky Military History Museum. Tours of the Old State Capitol begin at the Center for Kentucky History each Wednesday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., with an additional tour each Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history by providing connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at www.arts.gov.
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. Blue Star Families, with its partners, hosts a robust array of morale and empowerment programs, including Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corps, 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 www.bluestarfam.org.