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Shirley-Eustis House to Participate in Blue Star Museums

Shirley-Eustis HouseThe Shirley-Eustis House announces their participation in the Blue Star Museums initiative and is one of more than 1,300 museums across America included in the program. A participating museum agrees to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013.

Blue Stars Museum is a partnership with the following organizations:
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Blue Star Families
  • More than 1,300 museums across America
Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Accolades to the Program's Outreach

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman speaks highly of the program. "Blue Star Museums may be the program at the NEA of which I am proudest. It 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."

Blue Star Families Chair is Kathy Roth-Douquet. "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. We are thrilled that 300,000 military family members visited our partner museums in the summer of 2010. We hope to exceed that number this year as the military community takes advantage of the rich cultural heritage they defend and protect every day. We appreciate the NEA and the nation’s museums who chose to partner with us. We also are grateful to our friends at the MetLife Foundation, the lead supporter of the Blue Star Museums outreach initiative, whose generous donation helps make our work possible."

More than 1800 Museums

This year, more than 1,800 (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 Association 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 not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 75 children’s museums.

Among this year’s new participants are the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum in Northport, Michigan, the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan, Alaska, and the World Museum of Mining in Butte, Montana.

Program Covers Memorial Day thru Labor Day

Blue Star Museums runs from Memorial Day, May 27, 2013 through to Labor Day, September 2, 2013. 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. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. To find out which museums are participating, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

About the Shirley-Eustis Hous

The Shirley-Eustis House, proud to be a partner in this program, was built by Massachusetts Royal Governor William Shirley in 1747 and later the home of Democratic-Republican Governor William Eustis in 1819 is located on 33 Shirley Street in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The house is open for the summer season from Thursdays through Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please call 617-442-2275 or email governorshirley@gmail.com.

Contact Information

Patricia Violette, M.S. Ed
Executive Director/Curator
Shirley-Eustis House
33 Shirley Street
Boston, MA 02119

Posted: May 21, 2013 Nancy J Conrad

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