The Dedham Historical Society is joining museums across the country to support America’s military families throughout the summer. As part of the Blue Star Museums program, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Society will offer free museum admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 31 through Labor Day, September 6, 2010.

The NEA launched the Blue Star program in response to the massive overseas military deployments of the past decade. Over a million Americans have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and over 900,000 children have said goodbye to a parent at least once since the fighting began.

“The Blue Star Museum program says to our nation’s military families that the cultural community recognizes and honors their contribution, by opening the doors to our nation’s art treasures to those to have been serving so long and so faithfully”, the NEA stated in a news release.

Society President Steve Brayton said, “The Dedham Historical Society is pleased to join in the Blue Star initiative by welcoming military families from Dedham and beyond during the summer of 2010.”

To receive the free admission military personnel and their families must present identification when visiting the Dedham Historical Society museum. The museum is open Tuesday – Friday, 12 noon – 4 pm and even dated Saturdays, 1 – 4 pm. Admission is free for DHS members; non-members $2 adults and $1 children. For more information call the Dedham Historical Society at 781-326-1385.