FRANKFORT, Ky. (6/5/13) – 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 at 3 p.m., Thursday at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Friday at 3 p.m., and Saturday at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
To learn more about KHS, its events and programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.
Information provided by the Kentucky Arts and Heritage Cabinet
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