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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2010

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

N.H. Museums to honor active duty military and their families this summer

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is pleased to announce that this summer several New Hampshire museums are participating in “Blue Star Museums,” a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the military family support network Blue Star Families.

“Blue Star Museums” offers free admission to active duty military—including active duty Reserve and active duty National Guard—and their immediate family members. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 31, through Labor Day, September 6, 2010. Participating New Hampshire museums include:

  • American Independence Museum, Exeter
  • Currier Museum of Art, Manchester
  • The Frost Place, Franconia
  • New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord
  • Poore Farm Homestead, Stewartstown
  • Remick Country Doctor Museum, Tamworth
  • Seacoast Science Center, Rye
  • Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth

Other museums may join the program throughout the summer. The State Arts Council will keep a list of participants on its website, www.nh.gov/nharts. More than 600 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.

“Blue Star Museums” is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Others have included “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience,” “Great American Voices Military Base Tour,” and “Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.”

Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact Nicole Murray at the NEA, bluestarmuseums@arts.gov, or (202) 682-5578.

For more information about Blue Star Families, please visit www.BlueStarFam.org. For more information about the National Endowment for the Arts, please 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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