WOODSTOCK, VERMONT… Billings Farm & Museum, a landmark dairy farm where fun and history meet, announces its participation in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families. Museums across America plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands will offer free admission to all active-duty military personnel and their families from Armed Forces Day (May 15) through Labor Day (September 6), 2021.
Billings Farm & Museum will offer free admission 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, Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Military personnel and military family members who have questions about the program may contact Blue Star Families at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
“After a year filled with uncertainties, we are thrilled to launch the 2021 Blue Star Museums program! The impact that this program has on our members is tremendous and something they look forward to each year,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO Blue Star Families. “It is wonderful to offer military families the opportunity to explore the arts with their loved ones and create lasting memories.”
“We are grateful for the many organizations that have signed up for the Blue Star Museums program this summer, demonstrating strength and resiliency on the heels of a very challenging period for the arts sector,” said Ann Eilers, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Visiting safely. We take the safety of our staff, animals, and our guests seriously. Billings Farm & Museum enforces safety standards in compliance with Vermont State guidelines. Each person must answer health screening questions and have followed the Vermont’s travel guidelines. Face coverings must be worn by all guests over the age of 2 everywhere on the site, including the outdoors. For more about visiting Billings Farm safely, updates on our site capacity, and to learn which spaces are open, visit billingsfarm.org/safety.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.
About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is the nation’s largest grass-roots military family support organization, with a mission to support military families to improve military readiness. Its distinctive approach builds stronger communities around military families through knowledge and programs that address the unique needs of those who serve. Blue Star Families’ nationally recognized surveys and analysis give military families an important voice that informs policymakers and its military family programs. It uses the power of its collective resources and cross-sector collaborations to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of members of military families to strengthen the troops, their families, and our nation as a whole. For more information, visit bluestarfam.org.
About Billings Farm & Museum
Billings Farm & Museum, now in its 39th season, is pleased to provide classroom space for the Woodstock Elementary School sixth grade this spring, to allow of in-person learning. The Spring Hours of Operation are 10AM-5PM: April 19-May 30: Wednesday-Sundays, 10AM-5PM. Open 7 days a week May 31-Oct. 31. Celebrate Billings Farm’s 150th Anniversary with a visit this season and support its education mission at billingsfarm.org/donate.
The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable non-profit institution. Billings Farm & Museum is committed to providing educational opportunities and experiences to our visitors, whether here in Woodstock, Vermont or at home wherever you are through our online resources at Billings Farm at Home. Visit us on billingsfarm.org, and find us on Facebook at facebook.com/BillingsFarmMuseum/ and Instagram at instagram.com/billingsfarm/.