Announced yesterday, the Fuquay-Varina Museums have been named a Blue Star Museum site.
“We thought it was just a nice thing we could do for such deserving people,” museum volunteer director Shirley Simmons said.
Blue Star Museums allow military personnel and their families to visit for free from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013.
As a member of the North Carolina Museums Council, Simmons received information about the opportunity in an email. Although admission to the museums is already free, she was happy for the Fuquay-Varina Museums to earn the distinction.
And it played right in with Simmons’ desire to pay tribute to veterans. She hopes to expand the military collection, but it is contingent on space. Currently, the museums only have a limited amount of military-related memorabilia, including a uniform that dates back to WWI.
The museums offer a wealth of information about the Fuquay-Varina area. Simmons thinks it is a great opportunity for military families that live in the area to learn about their hometown.
And it’s a wonderful opportunity for those families to get out into the community.
“A nice trip might be nice for their kids,” Simmons said.
The museums are working to set up an event that will be announced at a later time.
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 1,800 museums in all 50 states.
“Blue Star Museums is something that service members and their families look forward to every year and we are thrilled with the continued growth of the program,” said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet.
The Fuquay-Varina Museums are located at 121-131 South Fuquay Ave. Regular hours each week are Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. The museums are open at other times during special events and art walks each month. Find out more at www.fuquay0varina-museums.org.
The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
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