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May 27, 2014

Military families get in free at Ga. Museum of Agriculture

TIFTON — The Georgia Museum of Agriculture will offer free admission to all military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The offer is supported by Blue Star Museums, the collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. This is the second year the Georgia Museum of Agriculture has participated in the Blue Star Museums program. 

“The Blue Star Museums program offers an excellent opportunity to introduce the rich, rural heritage of South Georgia to the military and their families,” Museum Assistant Director Garrett Boone said.

 “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.”

The Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at ABAC is one of 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move.

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. For a complete list of participating museums visit www.arts.gov/national/blue‐star‐museums. Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact bluestarmuseums@arts.gov or Wendy Clark at 202‐682‐5451.

The Georgia Museum of Agriculture at ABAC in Tifton resides on over 96 acres and includes a Country Store, Museum Hall, Art Gallery, Historic Village, Peanut Museum, and conference facilities.  Admission Tuesday thru Friday is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children 5-16 years of age, and free for children under five. Saturday admission is $8 for seniors, $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-16 years of age, and free for children under five. Active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families are admitted free of charge.

For more information on the states Museum of Agriculture, interested persons can contact the Country Store at (229) 391-5205 or email Garrett Boone at gboone@abac.edu.

 

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