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Dunham Bible Museum to Participate in Blue Star Museum Program

May 22, 2014



HOUSTON, May 22 -- Houston Baptist University issued the following news release:

The Dunham Bible Museum announced its participation in the 2014 Blue Star Museums program, 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, including National Guard and Reserve and their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move.

The Dunham Bible Museum, with its large collection of rare Bibles, is dedicated to telling the story of the history and influence of the Bible, the most influential book in individual lives and in the culture of Western civilization. Soldiers' Bibles from the Civil War, World Wars I & II, and Iraq/Afghanistan are part of the permanent exhibits. Other displays include ancient manuscripts, some of the earliest Bibles printed in English and in the United States, and Bible translations from across the centuries and across the world.

In addition, a special exhibit of artifacts from excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir is on display through December 2014. Khirbet el-Maqatir is likely the site of Ai, an ancient city described in Joshua chapters 7-8 in the Bible. More than 40 objects, dating from the Late Bronze Age through the Byzantine period, were brought from Israel to the Dunham Bible Museum for this exhibit. Among them is an Egyptian scarab named by Christianity Today as the top archaeological find of 2013.

The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums.

About the Dunham Bible Museum

The Dunham Bible Museum, with its large collection of rare Bibles, is dedicated to telling the story of the history and influence of the Bible, the most influential book in individual lives and in the culture of Western civilization. The Museum is located in the Morris Cultural Arts Center of Houston Baptist University and is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., except days when the University is closed. For more information or to schedule a group tour or presentation, contact Dr. Diana Severance at (281) 649-3287 or dseverance@hbu.edu.

About Blue Star Museums

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. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit arts.gov/national/blue-star- museums.

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