May 23, 2011
Sherman County Museum to Participation in Blue Star Museums
Sherman County Historical Museum is one of more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to active military personnel and their families this summer.
Moro, Oregon, May 23, 2011 – Today the Sherman County Historical Museum announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Patriotism: Pride & Anguish, a permanent exhibit in the Sherman museum, honors the American Legion post that donated the building to use as a museum and Sherman County’s veterans and military service men and women.
“Sherman County’s WWII war bond purchases and contributions to scrap drives were among the highest per capita in the nation. Sherman County women with sons in the service launched the Liberty ship William T. Sherman at the Portland ship yards, and other women in the county were honored for their work with war bond sales. The Museum staff maintains a community bulletin board for photographs of its military men and women, and exhibits artifacts from the Civil War through the Vietnam action,” according to Museum Director Sherry Kaseberg.
“Blue Star Museums may be the program at the NEA of which I am proudest,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “Blue Star Museums recognizes and thanks our military families for all they are doing for our country, and simultaneously begins young people on a path to becoming life-long museum goers.”
“Last year the success of the inaugural year of the Blue Star Museums program showed that partnerships between the nation’s museum and military communities are a natural,” said Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet. “We are thrilled that 300,000 military family members visited our partner museums in the summer of 2010, and hope to exceed that number this year as the military community takes advantage of the rich cultural heritage they defend and protect every day.”
This year, more than 1,324 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. Blue Star Museums represent fine arts museums, science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 70 children’s museums across the nation in a partnership of The American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, and the American Association of State and Local History.
About Blue Star Museums
Blue Star Museums runs from Memorial Day, May 30, 2011 through to Labor Day, September 5, 2011. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To plan your visit to participating museums, visit http://www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. Contact Sherman County Historical Museum at email@example.com or 541-565-3232.