By: Lori Lewis | Category: Other | Issue: July 2015
Jane Chu, NEA Chairman and Kathy Roth Douquet, Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members.
“Parents of young children tell us that they go together to museums to learn new things and have family time together,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Blue Star Museums helps them do both, by helping military families learn about the cultural resources in their communities, and offering a fun, high-quality experience that’s budget friendly as well as family friendly. We’re proud to help connect museums to military communities nationwide.”
“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.” This year, more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative.
“We are grateful for the members of our military and their families that support them. Being a Blue Star Member is just one small way that we can show our appreciation for everything that they do,” Lori Lewis, Executive Director of the Broken Arrow History Museum. Any and all qualifying families are invited to stop in to see the Broken Arrow History Museum located at 400 South Main in downtown Broken Arrow, in the heart of the Rose District. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Broken Arrow History Museum houses a permanent collection of artifacts and displays that tell the tale of the history of Broken Arrow, from the arrival of the Creek Indians at the end of the Trail of Tears to some of the more modern developments in our town including some of our prominent early citizens. The museum houses exhibits of the Childers log cabin, the train depot, “Broken Aro” coal and our two banks that were established prior to statehood. The first floor exhibit hall houses temporary exhibits that are changed throughout the year. In mid-July, an exhibit from the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will open.
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