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National Health and Public Safety Museum opens doors

The grand re-opening of the the National Health & Public Safety History Museum (located at 112 S. Grafton) was kicked off May 15 with a ribbon cutting, in which curator Jonathon Weiss was joined by family, Dublin Chamber of Commerce members and other members of the community.

The National Health and Public Safety History Museum announced it will join museums nationwide in participating in the eleventh summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer.

The 2020 program will launch on Saturday, May 16, 2020, Armed Forces Day, and ending on Monday, September 7, 2020, Labor Day. Military can find the list of participating museums at Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide.

First Lady of the United States Melania Trump and Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence are honorary co-chairs of Blue Star Museums 2020.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to celebrate the tenth summer of collaborating with Blue Star Families, Department of Defense, and especially the more than 2,000 museums across our nation that make this program possible, “ said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as The National Health and Public Safety History Museum are providing wonderful opportunities for military families to share a memorable experience together this summer.”

This year’s participating organizations include fine art, science, history, and children’s museums, as well as zoos, aquariums, gardens, and more. Museums are welcome to sign up for Blue Star Museums throughout the summer at “We've seen the tremendous impact the Blue Star Museums program brings to our military families, and we're thrilled to be celebrating a decade of support,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, chief executive officer of Blue Star Families.

“Not only are museums fun to explore but are also great for making memories and strengthening military families as a whole.” “The Defense Department congratulates Blue Star Families and the National Endowment for the Arts on reaching an incredible milestone: ten years of service to the military community though Blue Star Museums,” said A.T. Johnston, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Military Community and Family Policy.

“We offer our sincere gratitude to the more than 2,000 museums across the country who open their doors through this wonderful program. Your patriotism and generosity have enriched the lives and experiences of our military families.” The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members.

Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums.

Founded in 2019 by teenage Jonathon Weiss, The National Health & Public Safety History Museum will take you on a journey through America's development of healthcare, emergency medical care, disaster response, emergency management, firefighting, law enforcement and more. Focused on preserving the past and the legacy of generations before, while inspiring the next generation of responders, military, healthcare workers and innovators. For more information visit

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