Blue Star Museums
Mandarin Museum and Historical Society Welcomes Military Families
The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society is one of more than 2000 museums across America and three in Jacksonville that are participating in Blue Star Museums for military personnel and their families this summer.
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, September 5, 2016. Since Mandarin Museum is always free, it welcomes military families during this time by giving a member discount in the Museum Gift Shop to Blue Star families. There are three museums in Jacksonville participating: Mandarin Museum, MOCA and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.
President Sandy Arpen points out that “2016 continues to be an exciting time for military families to visit the Mandarin Museum because we are still observing the 150th Anniversary of the sinking of the U.S. Army Troop Transport steamship Maple Leaf with a special exhibit of rare Civil War artifacts.” These relics of the past were recovered from the National Historic Landmark shipwreck site in the St. Johns River in the late 1980s and early 1990s by local dentist Dr. Keith Holland and the St. Johns Archaeological Expeditions Inc. This Union steamship was sunk by Confederate mines placed in the St. Johns between Mandarin Point and Clay County on April 1, 1864. Special “Meet the Maple Leaf Divers” Days are offered throughout the summer. Please check www.mandarinmuseum.net/events/calendar
The complete list of participating museums is available here.
Honoring Mandarin residents who served in World War II
Mandarin resident George Waldoch – USN NAS JAX
Mandarin resident William Potter, USN WWII
Mandarin Resident Billy Barwald – US Army Air Force – England