The York County Heritage Trust's participation in a nationwide Blue Star Museum program means free museum admission for military personnel and their families.

The trust, at 250 E. Market in York City, will launch the local Blue Star program at its museum sites on Saturday, according to the organization's news release. The program continues through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2.

The trust will be among more than 1,800 museums nationwide offering free Blue Star admission this summer.

The program is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the U.S. Department of Defense.

"Our work with Blue Star Families and (the museums) ensures that we can reach out to military families and thank them for their service and sacrifice, " said Joan Shigekawa, NEA's acting chairman, in a statement.

Blue Star Families, a nonprofit based in Falls Church, Va., presents programs to support and empower military families.

The free admission is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (or CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty military Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, as well as the National Guard and Reserve , U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps.


Up to five family members can receive free admission along with the military card bearer.

More than 450 of the participating museums are new to the program, according to the news release. Participating museums include fine arts, science, history and children's museums and nature centers.

York County Heritage Trust has participated in the program previously.