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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2012 > May-August > Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Offers Free Admission to Active Duty Military and their Families

Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Offers Free Admission to Active Duty Military and their Families

Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Offers Free Admission to Active Duty Military and their Families

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The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum is among more than 1,500 museums participating in the Blue Star Museum program for 2012. The program begins May 28 and runs through Labor Day.

The program offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their immediate families and is a result of collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families (NEA), the Department of Defense and independent museums.

“This is the third year the museum has participated in the program,” Janice L. Ogurcak, Museum Director, said. “We are pleased to offer the opportunity for military families to enjoy the museum.”

“Through Blue Star Museums, the arts community is extending a special invitation to military families to enjoy over 1,500 museums this summer,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these families that will continue throughout the year. Especially for families with limited time together, those on a limited budget, and ones that have to relocate frequently, Blue Star Museums offers an opportunity to enjoy one another and become more fully integrated into a community.”

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Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum

“As we enter the third consecutive year of the Blue Star Museums program, we are happy to provide an opportunity for our nation’s service members and their families to connect with our national treasures,” said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Through this distinctive collaboration between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1,500 museums across the United States, military families have an unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country’s finest museums for free.”

This year, more than 1,500 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 300 new museums this year.

This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers and 70 children’s museums.

The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members.

The site, www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums, includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.

Starting May 28, the Little League Museum will be open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Prior to that date, the museum is open on Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Effective July 1, the Museum will be open seven days a week until Labor Day. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information on the museum’s programming, contact Mrs. Ogurcak, at: (570) 326-3607. Admission to the museum is $5 for anyone 14 and older; $1.50 for children ages 5-13; and $3 for senior citizens (62 and over). Children age 4 and younger are admitted free of charge. Group rates and tours are available. The museum also offers birthday parties and after hour facility rentals.

More information on the Little League Museum is available on the Little League web site at: www.LittleLeague.org/museum; or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/LittleLeagueMuseum.

 

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit www.bluestarfam.org.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.