Rodgers Tavern Museum joins museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program begins today, May 15th, Armed Forces Day, and ends on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021. Find the list of additional participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums nationwide.
"We are so happy to be a Blue Star Museum again and thrilled to be part of this important program providing military personnel and their families with a place to create special moments in their own family history," said Jennifer Pitts, Director of the Rodgers Tavern Museum.
"Like the resilience that military families demonstrate time and again the Rodgers Tavern Museum is an example of resiliency in the arts sector of the the past year," said Ann Eilers, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. "We are grateful to the Rodgers Tavern Museum for their leadership in strengthening community through their participation in the Blue Star Museums program this summer."
Blue Star Museums include children's museums, art, science, and history museums, zoos, gardens, lighthouses, and more, and hail from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The current list of participating museums will continue to develop over the summer as organizations are welcome to register to be a Blue Star Museum throughout the summer.
"We are thrilled to celebrate the launch of the Blue Star Museums 2021 program! Thank you to the Rodgers Tavern Museum for participating in this impactful and highly anticipated program," said Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO Blue Star Families. Because of the Rodgers Tavern Museum and their counterparts in the arts community, military families have the opportunity to create special memories and experience the arts again!"
The free admission program is available for those currently-serving in the United States Military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.
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