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Blue Star Museums


For immediate release:  August 17, 2010
Contact:  Catherine Bermon
860-658-2500 ext. 102

The Simsbury Historical Society
Offers Free Admission
to Military Personnel and Their Families


Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 700 museums across America offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2010.   The Simsbury Historical Society, a Blue Star Museum participant, will offer free admission to military personnel and their families throughout the year.

More than 700 museums in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are taking part in the initiative, representing a broad range of art, history, science, and cultural topics.  “America’s museums are proud to join the rest of the country in thanking our military personnel and their families for their service and sacrifice,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman. “I cannot imagine a better way to do that than welcoming them in to explore and enjoy the extraordinary cultural heritage our museums present.” To find out more, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.  

“There have always been wonderful examples of partnerships between museums and military installations, but the scale of this gift from the museum communities to military families is thrilling,” said Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet.  “Military families work hard for this country, and it is gratifying for us to be recognized for that.”  Visit www.BlueStarFam.org. for information on Blue Star Families.

Established in 1911, the Simsbury Historical Society owns and operates a 2+ acre complex at 800 Hopmeadow Street; its buildings include the Phelps Tavern and barn, a late 18th century center-chimney house, the Scotland North District School House, and the Ensign-Bickford Fuse Manufactory Exhibit Building.  A non-profit organization that depends upon community support, the Society includes a research library and archive, museum store, and gardens with historic plantings. The Visitors Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12 noon to 4 pm.  For more information, please call 860-658-2500.






Simsbury Historical Society
800 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070