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UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures to offer free admission to active duty military this summer

UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures to offer free admission to active duty military this summer

Displays at the museum include the winter service jacket worn by Texan Harlon Block. Block was at the base of the flag the U.S. Marines planted at Mt. Sirubachi, Iwo Jima. In the background, a navy uniform belonging to Lyndon B. Johnson.

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(May 26, 2016) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Texan Cultures is one of more than 2,000 museums across America that will offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Blue Star Museums takes place from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The program provides families with an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage.

"San Antonio is Military City, U.S.A.," said Angelica Docog, executive director of the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures. "With Lackland, Randolph, Fort Sam Houston and a variety of health care, training and military support missions, hundreds of military families come to San Antonio each year. A free visit to the Institute of Texan Cultures is a fantastic way to learn what Texas is all about, and maybe find a piece of themselves in Texas history."

The museum's main exhibit floor displays more than 20 cultures that settled Texas, contributing to the state's character through their everyday ways of life: music, art, artisanship, food, traditions, technology, clothing, language and more.

"The Blue Star Museums program is a fun, free activity for military families to enjoy during the summer months," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "The program is also a great way for service member families to connect to their new communities, and it can provide a meaningful way for families to reconnect after deployment. The Blue Star Museums program is also a perfect way for the arts community to say 'thank you' to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf, every day."

"Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year," said Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families. "It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their hometowns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers."

The Institute of Texan Cultures is located at the UTSA Hemisfair Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday

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For a complete list of participating museums.

For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit Texancultures.com.

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