FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 23, 2011
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
Blue Star Museums program returns to N.H. this summer
Again this summer, New Hampshire museums and historic sites are participating in the Blue Star Museums program, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts and the military family support network Blue Star Families.
Blue Star Museums offer free admission to active duty military—including active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve—as well as their spouses and children. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 30, through Labor Day, September 5, 2011.
Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums and historic sites, nature centers and children’s museums.
In 2010, New Hampshire had the nation’s highest rate of participation in the program, based on the state’s population and the number of sites participating.
Currently, more than 1,300 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa are taking part; others will continue to join the program throughout the summer. The Blue Star Museums website, www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums, will update the list of participating sites as more are added.
Currently, participating New Hampshire museums and historic sites include:
American Independence Museum, Exeter
Canterbury Shaker Village
Cathedral of the Pines, Rindge
Currier Museum of Art, Manchester
Laconia Historical & Museum Society
Little Nature Museum, Contoocook
MAA Art Gallery, Manchester
Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center, Peterborough
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord
Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, Portsmouth
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner
New Hampshire Boat Museum, Wolfeboro
The New Hampshire Farm Museum, Milton
New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord
New Hampshire Telephone Museum, Warner
Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, Londonderry
N.H. Bureau of Historic Sites (several throughout New Hampshire)
Portsmouth Historical Society, Portsmouth
Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, Tamworth
Seacoast Science Center, Rye
SEE Science Center, Manchester
Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness
Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth
The Warner House, Portsmouth
Museums and historic sites that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums should contact Wendy Clark at [email protected] or (202) 682-5451.
For more information about the National Endowment for the Arts, please visit www.arts.gov. For more information about Blue Star Families, please visit www.BlueStarFam.org. For more information about the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, visit www.nh.gov/nhculture.