Blue Star Museums Now Number 900 Nationwide
The Douglas County Historical Society in Carson Valley, Nevada, is the 900th member of the Blue Star Museums honor roll. Blue Star Museums offers free admission to active duty military and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 2010. Six hundred museums signed up for the kickoff in late May. Throughout the summer, 300 more museums – from fine arts museums to science centers – have joined the effort, providing greater access to America’s cultural heritage for the 1.4 million active duty members of the military and their families.
The Douglas County Historical Society is comprised of two museums, the Courthouse Museum in Genoa, Nevada, and the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville, Nevada. Both offer exhibit, bookstores, and public events that tell the story of Northern Nevada’s Carson Valley, where early pioneers stopped to rest after months of hard travel from the East.
Another recent Blue Star Museum is the Taubman Museum of Art, which opened in November 2008 in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. The award-winning 81,000 square foot structure includes permanent and special collections of fine and decorative art, and photography from the 19th century to the present. The Taubman Museum has sustainable design elements as well as distance learning technologies (such as broadband networks in all galleries and education spaces) to share the museum’s visual arts resources with the state and the nation.
Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, a national, non-partisan, non-profit network of military families from all ranks and services including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. Learn more about Blue Star Museums across the country at www.arts.gov.
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