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LEWISTON - Museum L-A is pleased to announce its participation in the Blue Star Museum program offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2010. Museum L-A is one of only two Blue Star Museums in Maine.

The free admission program is available to active duty and deployed military and up to five of their immediate family members. Eligible military include active-duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and active-duty Reserve and active-duty National Guard. Immediate family members who are eligible for free admission include spouse, sibling or child of active duty military. To qualify for free admission, a Geneva Conventions Common Access Card (CAC) for active duty military personnel or a DD Form 1173 for active duty military family must be presented to Museum L-A staff upon arrival. Children under the age of 10 without military ID are welcome to attend with their parents or siblings who either hold a CAC Geneva Conventions ID or a DD 1173 active duty military family ID.

Blue Star Museums is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 600 museums across America. Blue Star Families is a national, non-partisan, non-profit network of military families from all ranks and services including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts - both new and established - bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. To find out which additional museums are participating, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.

Museum L-A is currently offering two special exhibits in addition to its second-floor gallery focusing on the textile and shoe making industries of Lewiston-Auburn and the people who worked in them. Portraits & Voices: Brickyard Roads tells the story of the local brickmaking industry through first-person oral histories, documentary photographs, films showing the process of the past and present, specially-commissioned artwork celebrating the art of brickmaking, and more. Rivers of Immigration: Peoples of the Androscoggin showcases the cultural diversity of Lewiston-Auburn, historically and in the present, with an illustrated timeline, interactive writing wall, photographs, and personal histories contributed by local English-language learners. Museum L-A is located in the historic Bates Mill at 35 Canal Street and open from Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 207-333-3881 or email info@museumla.org.