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May 23, 2013

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Whittier Birthplace offers free admission for special events

Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill is participating in both the regional 17th Century Saturdays and national Blue Star Museums programs beginning in June. Both offer free admission opportunities.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 1, visitors get in free for the launch of 17th Century Saturdays, part of the Escapes North cultural tourism initiative led by the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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.

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

Thomas Whittier built the home in 1688 during America’s First Period of European settlement (1625-1725). Now 325 years old, the Birthplace is one of only 14 sites throughout Essex County open during 17th Century Saturdays.

Whittier Birthplace is one of more than 1,800 museums across the country to offer free admission to military service members and their families. Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members.

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston also is participating in the Blue Star Families program, offering free museum admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 27, through Labor Day, Sept. 2.

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