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May 23, 2013

Whittier Birthplace to offer free admission

Whittier Birthplace is participating in both the regional “17th Century Saturdays” and national “Blue Star Museums” programs beginning in June, with both offering free admission opportunities.

Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, as well as on the first Saturday of July, August and September as part of 17th Century Saturdays, an Escapes North cultural tourism initiative led by the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Thomas Whittier built the home in 1688 during America’s First Period of European settlement (1625-1725).

“It is the mission of Whittier Birthplace to raise awareness of the life and important work of John Greenleaf Whittier,” said Tim Coco, president of the Trustees of the John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead.

“While he was a popular and successful poet during his lifetime, his legacy is as a stalwart supporter of equal rights. He fought slavery and advocated for women’s voting rights, placing his life at risk championing these causes on the national stage.”

In addition, Whittier Birthplace offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Saturday, June 1 through Labor Day.

The military program is part of Blue Star Museums, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members.

“Blue Star Museums is a collaboration between the arts and military communities,” said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “Our work with Blue Star Families and with more than 1,800 museums ensures that we can reach out to military families and thank them for their service and sacrifice.”

Visit Whittier Birthplace online at www.johngreenleafwhittier.com.

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