23 May 2011

SCGS to Participate in Blue Star Museums this Summer

Contact Heidi Ziegler
SCGS President
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504


SCGS, one of more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer

BURBANK, CA – May 23, 2011 – Today the Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Center (SCGS) announced its participation in Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,300 museums across America offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.

Both active-duty and retired/veteran military personnel and their families have FREE access to the SCGS Library's 30,000+ item research collection and a number of genealogical on-line databases including Ancestry.com Library Edition.

SCGS will officially launch the program as part of the 42nd Annual SCGS Jamboree - a genealogy conference - starting June 9, 2011 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport. Upon pre-registering, military personnel and their families can participate in a number of the JamboFREE events to be held on Thursday and Friday such as a Kid's Genealogy Camp, beginning and advanced genealogy courses, and the Genealogy World Roundtables. The main conference sessions are available on a per fee basis.

“Blue Star Museums may be the program at the NEA of which I am proudest,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “Blue Star Museums recognizes and thanks our military families for all they are doing for our country, and simultaneously begins young people on a path to becoming life-long museum goers.”

About Blue Star Museums
Blue Star Museums runs from Memorial Day, May 30, 2011 through to Labor Day, September 5, 2011. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find out which museums are participating, visit http://www.arts.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index2011.php. The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.

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