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For Immediate Release:
June 19, 2015
Media Contact:
Cathy Guerra
ferrec@miamidade.gov
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The Deering Estate participates in Blue Star Museums by offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day


(MIAMI, June 19, 2015) – The Deering Estate is participating in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America, by offering free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families through Labor Day, September 7, 2015. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move.

 “As a participant in Blue Star Museums, the Deering Estate provides an opportunity for military families like my own to engage our communities, learn about the natural resources around us, and enjoy this historical site that serves as a center for education, culture and recreation” said Joseph Wimbley, Sergeant, United States Marine Corps who is also Chief of Security at the Deering Estate.

Visitors of all ages can experience a Historic House Tour at Deering Estate and learn about the Town of Cutler, Perrine Land Grant, Richmond Family, Balloon Frame & Mediterranean Revival Architecture, and the Deering Family. Tours are offered daily at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm & 3:00 pm throughout the summer. Active duty military personnel and veterans also receive a $2.00 discount off general admission to Deering Estate on Tuesdays throughout the year.

Blue Star Museums: Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Deering Estate at Cutler: The Deering Estate at Cutler, a Miami-Dade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue in Miami. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 am & 3:00 pm. EcoAdventure Tours are also offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate's educational and cultural programs, please visit www.deeringestate.org.