Historic Dumfries Virginia (HDV), the non-profit organization that operates the Weems-Botts Museum, announced its participation in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among 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 the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A list of participating museums nationwide is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
“Our museum is located very close to Marine Corps Base Quantico,” said HDV Executive Manager Karleen Kovalcik. “Our organization is very connected to our nation’s military through the active duty personnel, veterans, and military family members who are volunteers, staff, and visitors at our museum. We hope to include even more military members and families in that group by participating in Blue Star Museums.”
This year’s participating Blue Star Museums represent fine arts museums, science museums, history museums, zoos, nature centers, and children’s museums. Museums are welcome to sign up for Blue Star Museums throughout the summer by emailing [email protected].
“As many military families spend the summer months moving from one duty station to another, or reconnecting with a parent who has returned from deployment, Blue Star Museums helps service members and their families create memories,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Blue Star Families has great appreciation for the generosity of the museums across the country who roll out the red carpet for the families who serve alongside their service members. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”
By Prince William Living