850th Museum joins the Blue Star Museums Honor Roll
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, New Hampshire is the 850th museum to join Blue Star Museums. Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and 850 museums nationwide to offer free museum admission to active duty military and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2010.
The Discovery Center honors two American space heroes from the "Granite State" Alan B. Shepard, the first American in space, and Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher in space. The Center features national education standards-based exhibits and programs on aviation, astronomy, science, and engineering. Learn about the waning gibbous moon and other night sky features at "Tonight's Sky," a daily show in the Planetarium.
Another recent addition is Tamástslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton, Oregon. Tamástslikt (pronounced "Tah-MUST-Slicked") Cultural Institute tells the story of three American Indian Tribes, the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla, who for 10,000 years have inhabited the Plateau region of the Pacific Northwest, and who welcomed and assisted the Lewis and Clark Expedition. All summer long, the Institute hosts a living cultural village, Naamí Níshaycht, where modern Tribal members continue to practice ancient traditions from food preparation and hide tanning to making a traditional lodge.
For military families interested in planning a museum trip, visit the NEA website for more information on participating Blue Star Museums.
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