CLINTON — The C.H. Moore Homestead & DeWitt County Museum announced it will join 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 began on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, and end on Labor Day, Monday, September 6. Find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Blue Star Museums
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.
“The C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museums Program as a way to show our sincere gratitude to all who are currently serving in the military as well as their families,” said Museum Director Joey Long. “Being a museum of history, we also honor all of those who have served in our nation’s military throughout our history.”
“Like the resilience that military families demonstrate time and again, the C.H. Moore Homestead & DeWitt County Museum is an example of resiliency in the museum sector over the past year,” said Ann Eilers, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “We are grateful to the C.H. Moore Homestead & DeWitt County 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.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the launch of the Blue Star Museums 2021 program! Thank you to the C.H. Moore Homestead & DeWitt County Museum for participating in this impactful and highly anticipated program,” said Kathy Roth Douquet, CEO Blue Star Families. “Because of the C.H. Moore Homestead and DeWitt County Museum and their counterparts in the museum community, military families have the opportunity to create special memories and experience the arts, science, and history 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.
Blue Star Families is the nation’s largest grass-roots military family support organization, with a mission to support military families to improve military readiness.