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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2010

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov

N.H. first in nation in Blue Star Museums support of active military

In time to celebrate Independence Day, the N.H. State Council on the Arts is pleased to announce that New Hampshire ranks first in the nation for participation in the Blue Star Museums program, based upon the state’s population and the number of institutions participating.

“Blue Star Museums,” a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the military family support network Blue Star Families, offers free admission to active duty military—including active duty Reserve and active duty National Guard—and their immediate family members. The program began on Memorial Day, May 31, and runs through Labor Day, September 6, 2010.

The 28 New Hampshire museums and historic properties participating in Blue Star Museums are:

  • American Independence Museum, Exeter
  • Cathedral of the Pines, Rindge
  • Currier Museum of Art, Manchester
  • Daniel Webster Birthplace, Franklin
  • Endicott Rock Historic Site, Laconia
  • Fort Constitution Historic Site, New Castle
  • Fort Stark Historic Site, New Castle
  • Franklin Pierce Homestead Historic Site, Hillsboro
  • The Frost Place, Franconia
  • Governor Wentworth Historic Site, Wolfeboro
  • Hanna Duston Memorial Historic Site, Boscawen
  • John Wingate Weeks Historic Site at Weeks State Park, Lancaster
  • Mariposa Museum, Peterborough
  • Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden, Portsmouth
  • Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner
  • New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord
  • New Hampshire Telephone Museum, Warner
  • Poore Family Foundation, Stewartstown
  • Portsmouth Historical Society – John Paul Jones House, Portsmouth
  • Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, Tamworth
  • Robert Frost Farm Historic Site, Derry
  • Seacoast Science Center, Rye
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness
  • Strawbery Banke Museums, Portsmouth
  • Taylor Mill Historic Site, Derry
  • Tip Top House at Mount Washington State Park, Sargent’s Purchase
  • Willey House – Crawford Notch State Park, Harts Location
  • Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, Portsmouth

“I believe strongly that we should do all we can to support our brave men and women in the military and their families, and this is one more way that New Hampshire is showing its support,” said Governor John Lynch.

“Summer is a wonderful time for families to visit the many museums, historic sites, and other cultural organizations around our state,” said Lynn Graton, acting director of the State Council on the Arts. “It is heartwarming to see that active duty military families, who give so much to our country, are being recognized in this way and are invited to learn more about the arts, culture, and history without incurring expenses.

“The unprecedented generosity of our cultural institutions reveals a great deal about what New Hampshire values and presents us with yet another reason to be proud of our state and our citizens.”

Museums in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are taking part in the initiative; for a list of participants nationwide, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. For more information about Blue Star Families, visit www.BlueStarFam.org. For more information about the National Endowment for the Arts, visit www.arts.gov. For more information about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, visit www.nh.gov/nharts.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The State Arts Council provides a wide variety of services, competitive grants, and technical assistance to not-for-profit organizations, schools, health care facilities, and individual artists, helping to ensure that the arts thrive in New Hampshire and are accessible to all. Funding for grants and services is provided by the New Hampshire Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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