For the fourth year, the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking will be participating in the Blue Star Museums program this summer, a collaboration across the United States offering free or reduced admission or special programs to active duty military and their families.
Blue Star Museums is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense (DoD) and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program kicks off on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) and runs through Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 5).
The museum, located in the Paper Tricentennial Building on 10th Street, is free to the public, but Virginia Howell, the museum’s education curator, said the participation in the Blue Star Museum program is a way to say “thank you” to military families. “The opportunity to thank them for their service and to be able to share cultural treasures is something we are proud of,” she said.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu added, “The Blue Star Museums program is a fun, free activity for military families to enjoy during the summer months. The program is also a great way for service member families to connect to their new communities, and it can provide a meaningful way for families to reconnect after deployment. The Blue Star Museums program is also a perfect way for the arts community to say ‘thank you’ to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf, every day.”
Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet said the program has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year. “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.”
All summer long, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums, on Facebook, and read the NEA Art Works blog for weekly stories on participating museums and exhibits.
The museum is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. You may contact the office at 404-894-5700 or 404-894-5726.
About the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking
The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking is an internationally renowned resource on the history of paper and paper technology. In addition to more than 2,000 books, the museum features a remarkable collection of over 10,000 watermarks, papers, tools, machines, and manuscripts. The museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, increase and disseminate knowledge about papermaking – past, present and future. In addition to exhibits, programs on papermaking and paper-related arts are offered throughout the year. Visit the museum’s web site for more information.
About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military spouses, children, parents and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families leverages data-driven insights to curate resources for military families, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members annually. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. Visit bluestarfam.org for more information.