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Carlton museum offers free admission to military personnel

For the sixth year, the Carlton County Historical Society joins more than 2,000 museums across America designated as Blue Star Museums, offering free admission to military personnel and their families during the summer through a collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and Museums across America.

All active duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, are invited to visit the Carlton County Historical Society museum in Cloquet free of charge from through Labor Day.

This summer, visitors at the Carlton County Historical Society museum can enjoy two exhibits, "A Call to Arms: Carlton County in World War I" and "Barns of Carlton County." The WWI exhibit showcases many 100-year-old uniforms, artifacts and photos belonging to Carlton County residents who served overseas and at home during the Great War from 1917 to 1919. The barn exhibit features recent color photos of the county's barns photographed by the barn photo committee, and historic black and white photos of barns from our county's past.

If you are an active duty military family, or know of a family that can benefit from this initiative, spread the word about this unique opportunity. Blue Star Museums was created to show support for military families who have faced multiple deployments and the challenges of integration. This program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together.

Regular admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children under 12, and free for children younger than 5 and Carlton County Historical Society members. The museum is handicapped accessible and air-conditioned.

For information, call (218) 879-1038.

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