An innovative interim report created for the benefactors of the Blue Star Museums program, which I managed during the summer of 2010 (it ran memorial Day-Labor Day). A version of this was also created as a virtual press release.
- Blue Star Museums Thursday, August 12, 2010
Blue Star MuseumsFree admission to museums for military personnel and their families* From Memorial Day, May 31, 2010, through Labor Day, September 6, 2010 *The !ee admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DDForm 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members and up to ve immediate family members. Thursday, August 12, 2010 Blue Star Museums...Over 900 museums(and counting) participatingnationwide More contactrequesting to join* every week!* to join contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicole Murray at 202-682-5578 Thursday, August 12, 2010 Blue Star Museums...Reaches tens of thousands of families stationed all across the US, and thousands have already enjoyed the benet of free admission to popular museums that appreciate their serviceThursday, August 12, 2010 Blue Star Museums......oer quality family time, meaningful memories, and extend tremendous appreciation for service from our nations cultural centers, the museum community. A letter Blue Star Families received !om FRG leader Linda Fu&er a'er attending an event at the Da&as Museum of Art: I cannot thank you enough fornot onlythe experienceof a lifetime but a most memorableFather's Day. . .The fact thatyou appreciate andhonor the military means so much to so manypeople . . .Thank you seems so menial for so greatof a gi' but it is a& I have to oer. That and ourheartfelt thanks. Thank you !om us but also!om others who don't quiteknowhowtovocalizetheir thanks. From our hearts to yours. THANK YOU! Thursday, August 12, 2010 Blue Star Museums... Military spouse Michelle Galvez wrote her thanks to Blue Star Museums and Colonial Williamsburg, which gave her family aspecial Memorial Day weekend We toured a& the houses and restored buildings,sampled the authentic-to-the-period beverages at the restored coee house, learned to dance in aparlor, picnicked on the grounds of the Governor's Palace, wrote our names with a feather pen and came to appreciate our history a bit more (especia&y how they could have born the Southern humidity in those days without A/Cand in a corset). A special touch was the"Honoring Service" notation on our admissionbadges. Several people stopped our family to thank us for our service and sacrice.Thursday, August 12, 2010 Blue Star Museums... This is a perfect opportunity for military families to enjoy theculture and heritage our military members ght for a& year long.-- Kathy Roth-Douquet,Chairman of Blue StarFamiliesBlue Star Families with the docent atthe San Diego launch event. Thursday, August 12, 2010 Blue Star Museums... Our wonderful Honorary Committee: Mrs. Deborah Mrs. E&en RougheadMrs. CherylMu&en McKinley Mrs. Mary MurphyMrs. Sheila Casey Mrs. Bonnie Amos Mrs. Diane JonesMrs. Jackie Bolden Mrs. Paula Roy Mrs. Laura StultzMrs. Sandee Mrs. Liz KentCartwright Mrs. Suzie SchwartzThursday, August 12, 2010 Blue Star MuseumsWe would like to thank you for your participation in Blue Star Museums! On behalf of the families in Americas military services - in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps,Air Force, Coast Guard and the National Guard and Reserve components, we, the HonoraryCommittee for Blue Star Museums, thank and commend you for your excellent support ofour military families service members, spouses, and children. The Blue Star Museum program is tremendously meaningful as an expression of appreciationfrom the nations cultural community to our military community. Even more, your participation in the Blue Star Museum program brings the gift of ourcultural heritage to our families and gives families a wonderful way to spend time togetherover the summer. Please accept our sincere gratitude for your generous gesture, which honors and supports ourmilitary families. Thank you. Very Sincerely, The Blue Star Families Blue Star Museums Honorary Committee With additional appreciation from Blue Star Families: Kathy Roth-Douquet, Chairman Laura Dempsey, Vice Chairman Mark Smith, Executive Director Thursday, August 12, 2010 Blue Star MuseumsJuly 8, 2010 - Chrysler Museum Yesterday I packed up the family and we headed to a Blue Star Stephanie Museums event hosted by the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Himel-Nelson Virginia. We joined Blue Star Families, Senator Mark Warner,and her Norfolk mayor Paul Fraim, Admiral Mark Boensel (Commander,sons. Navy Region Mid-Atlantic), other local participating museums, and many military families, all excited to see the museum and learn more about the program, which oers free museum admission to military families at participating museums this summer.Speaking of the importance of supporting military families, Senator Warner noted, This is a nice way to demonstrate support for our military personnel and their families, and I congratulate the Chrysler Museum and all of the other Virginia cultural sites that have stepped up to partner with the Blue Star Museums program.Admiral Boensel indicated that, in providing programs like this for military families, we are contributing to military readiness. Is there really any greater thanks we could receive?by Stephanie Himel-Nelson, the New Media Director for Blue Star Families. Speakers at Blue Star Museum event at The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA. (L-R) BSF Executive Director, Mark Smith; Admiral Mark Boensel She lives with her military family in Chesapeake, Virginia.(Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic); Senator Mark Warner (Va); Norfolkmayor Paul Fraim; Chrysler Museum Director William Hennessy. Thursday, August 12, 2010 Blue Star MuseumsJuly 9, 2010 -- At the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston with Blue Star Families SueHoppin and Lisa Ripa, their families, cast from Army Wives, and local and state ocials: Blue Star Families learn about local art. The Ripa family, who just said From L-R Army Wives cast member Terry Serpico, military spouse Lisa goodbye to their father for his third deployment, get a morale boost Ripa, son Thomas Ripa, daughter Caroline Ripa, Garrett Hoppin, militaryspouse Sue Hoppin, Army Wives cast member Brian McNamara Thursday, August 12, 2010 Blue Star Museums One of the most amazing exhibits was probably the miniature portraits. The intent was for their loved ones to keep the pictures with them so that whenever they were separated they would have a memento to remind them of home. As our tour guide noted, the closest modern day comparison would have to be Facebook!In addition to the great tour, one of the mornings highlights was being joined by Brian McNamara and Terry Serpico (to those of you who are Army Wives fans, General Michael Holden and Lt Colonel Frank Sherwood respectively) from the Lifetime show, Army Wives. I got a chance to interview both of them and learn more about their experiences working on the show.Mr. McNamara said that out of the many roles that he has played, it is denitely one of his favorites due to the fact that he has the chance to channel his brother who is a retired Navy captain. When asked how he prepares for his role, he merely rolled back his shoulders and stood up a bit straighter, commenting that his authoritative posture is a big part of his character.Mr. Serpico likes to emulate his father who is a retired Army Colonel. When asked how he gets into character once the cameras are rolling, he simply said that his father was a hard core Garret Hoppin (back) views the miniature Army ocer, so he plays his character the same way.exhibit with Tyler McNamara (center) andCaroline Ripa (front). Needless to say, I enjoyed my time at the Gibbes Museum and learned so much. Since the Blue Star Museum program has over 850 participating museums, I will denitely be visiting plenty more before the program ends Labor Day. - Garrett Hoppin, writing about his experience at Blue Star Museum, Gibbes Museum of Art Thursday, August 12, 2010 Blue Star Museums "Blue Star Museums is an incredible way for the museum community to thank themilitary and their families. On Army Wives, Ive learned about the heavy demands on military families, and it adds to my appreciation of their service. When BlueStar Families, National Endowment for theArts and the museums come together to oer military families free admission its away for our American culture to show that appreciation. Its a great program, and Im soAt the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, Tyler McNamara shakes Bret Lotts hand while father Brian McNamara and Terry Serpico watchglad to be able to endorse it and make sure happily. Mr. Lott is the author of 12 books, on the faculty at College of Charleston, and is a member of the National Council on the Arts. He iseveryone knows about it and heads to a also a Blue Star Families dad.participating museum." -- Brian McNamara, General Michael Holden,on Army Wives. Thursday, August 12, 2010 Blue Star MuseumsField Trips We oered all of our chapters the chance to organize a eld trip with our assistance atany nearby Blue Star Museum -- we promised a special experience and members who took advantage enjoyed that. They shared with us through stories and photos, such asthese from Crystal Cavalier, chapter leader, who visited Cape Fear Museum. Thursday, August 12, 2010 Blue Star Museums On August 2, 2010 in New Orleans at the Ogden Museum during the National Guard ConferenceOne of our wonderful supporters, Mrs. Sheila Casey, as we& asCongressman Steve Scalise, General Reddel, Sue Hoppin, and local hostess Greta Perry came together for a wonderful event. A& of the guests enjoyed an interesting tour by Chief Curator David Houston. Thursday, August 12, 2010 Blue Star MuseumsMuseum of Modern Art, NYC "You are what you share." via @museummodernart #milmoma #blogher10 3:56 PM Aug 5th via TwitBirdTheShoppingMama Kate, Shopping Mama On August 5, 2010, digital communication ex