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LEWISTON - Museum L-A has renewed its partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011 as part of the "Blue Star Museums" program. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.

Last year, the first year of the Blue Star Museums program, Museum L-A was one of only two Maine museums to participate. Additional Maine museums taking part this year are: Brick Store Museum (Kennebunk), Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine (Portland), Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville), Fifth Maine Regiment Museum (Peaks Island), L.C. Bates Museum (Hinckley) Maine Military Museum and Learning Center (South Portland), Margaret Chase Smith Library (Skowhegan), Mount Desert Island Historical Society (Mount Desert), Page Farm and Home Museum (Orono), Penobscot Marine Museum (Searsport), and Portland Museum of Art (Portland). Nationally, more than 1,324 museums in all 50 states are participating. A complete list is available online at:

"Museum L-A is proud to be part of Blue Star Museums, which gives us a chance to thank our military families for their service, share with them America's cultural treasures, and to be inspired by their experience with us," said Executive Director Rachel Desgrosseilliers.

"Blue Star Museums may be the program at the NEA of which I am proudest," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "Blue Star Museums recognizes and thanks our military families for all they are doing for our country, and simultaneously begins young people on a path to becoming life-long museum goers."

Blue Star Museums runs from Memorial Day, May 30, 2011 through to Labor Day, September 5, 2011. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members.