County Historical Museum to take part in Blue Star program


The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum is one of more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

Tuesday will be the national announcement of the program, which will run from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

“Blue Star Museums is a collaboration between the arts and military communities,” said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “Our work with Blue Star Families and with more than 1,800 museums ensures that we can reach out to military families and thank

them for their service and sacrifice.”

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, 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 their family members.

The museum is open Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 2 pm.

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum is located at: 201 E. 4th Avenue, Pine Bluff, AR, 71601; 870/541-5402; www.pbjchistory.org.