Blue Star Museums in Arkansas

Blue Star Museums in Arkansas
by Carolynn Waites
Jun 1, 2014

Service Members Receive Free Admission at Select Arkansas Museums This Summer

On May 21, 2014, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families announced the launch of the fifth year of Blue Star Museums. This outstanding program offers free admission to American service members and their families at over 2,000 museums across the United States. The free admission is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Here are the participating museums in Arkansas.

Delta Gateway Museum (Blytheville)
The Delta Gateway Museum is a regional heritage museum that exhibits historical and cultural objects and works of art that relate to the region, one of the most fertile agricultural areas of the world. The historic arch located at the Arkansas-Missouri state line inspires the name of the museum. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday. It is located in the historic Kress Building at 210 West Main Street, Blytheville, Arkansas 72315.

Clinton House Museum (Fayetteville)
Bill and Hillary Clinton’s first house is now the Clinton House Museum. They were married in the living room in 1975. The museum features memorabilia, photos, documents, and videos from early in former President Bill Clinton’s political career. The museum is open Monday through Saturday. The address is 930 West Clinton Drive, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701.

Fort Smith Regional Art Museum (Fort Smith)
The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum dedicates itself to providing new and diverse experiences to visitors and cultivating imagination, innovation, and discussion among people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum moved into its new building in January of 2013, which allowed for expansion of its programs and exhibitions. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. It is located at 1601 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.

Arkansas Arts Center (Little Rock)
Founded in 1960, the Arkansas Arts Center is an art museum with a children’s theater and a studio school. The museum has a notable permanent collection and it presents visiting exhibits and educational programs. It is open Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is located in MacArthur Park at 501 E 9th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203.

Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (Piggott)
The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center focuses on the Pfeiffer family and their son-in-law Ernest Hemingway during the 1920s and 1930s. This includes promoting and supporting interest in literature and excellence in writing. It also serves as the Visitor Center for the northern end of Crowley’s Parkway, the first National Scenic Byway in Arkansas. The museum is open Monday through Saturday. The address is 1021 West Cherry Street, Piggott, Arkansas 72454.

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum (Pine Bluff)
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum honors those who settled the area, fought to keep it safe, and fought for freedom. The museum covers two centuries of change in the area. It highlights early settlements, industries, and transportation. Service men and women are honored from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. It is open Wednesday through Friday. The museum is located at 201 East 4th Avenue, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601.

River Valley Arts Center (Russellville)
Located in Russellville’s City Park, the River Valley Arts Center features an art gallery and classes for kids and adults. A memorial garden provides a beautiful, peaceful place for reflection. The center works to promote interest in the arts and culture and improve the quality of life of residents in the area through the arts. The center is open Monday through Friday. It is located at 1001 East B Street, Russellville, Arkansas 72801.

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Blue Star Museums in Houston

Blue Star Museums in Houston
by Carolynn Waites
May 25, 2014

Service Members Receive Free Admission at Select Houston Museums This Summer

On May 21, 2014, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families announced the launch of the fifth year of Blue Star Museums. This outstanding program offers free admission to American service members and their families at over 2,000 museums across the United States. The free admission is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Here are the participating museums around Houston, Texas.

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American Soldier. It is open Monday through Saturday. The museum’s address is 3816 Caroline Street, Houston, Texas 77004.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents innovative international, national, and regional art. It is open Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is located at 5216 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006.

Dunham Bible Museum
The Dunham Bible Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the Bible through its large collection of rare Bibles, scriptures, and manuscripts. It is open Monday through Saturday. The museum is located at Houston Baptist University, 7502 Fondren Road, Houston, Texas 77074.

Holocaust Museum Houston
The Holocaust Museum Houston educates visitors about the Holocaust, remembering the victims and honoring the legacy of the survivors. It is open Sunday through Saturday. The address of the museum is 5401 Caroline Street, Houston, Texas 77004.

The Menil Collection
The Menil Collection houses, exhibits, and preserves the outstanding art collection of Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil. It is open Wednesday through Saturday. The museum is located at 1533 Sul Ross Street, Houston, Texas 77006.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston includes two main gallery buildings that house the art collections and exhibitions, the Cullen Sculpture Garden, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Rienzi, and the Glassell Scholl of Art. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. The museum’s main campus address is 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas 77005.

Alvin Museum Society (Alvin)
The Alvin Museum Society operates the Marguerite Rogers House Museum and the Alvin Historical Museum. Both museums are open Thursdays, Fridays, and the first Saturday of each month. The Marguerite Rogers House Museum is located at 113 East Dumble, Alvin, Texas 77511. The Alvin Historical Museum is located in the former post office at 300 West Sealy, Alvin, Texas 77511.

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum (Galveston)
The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum allows visitors to experience the offshore industry first-hand on an actual retired drilling rig. The museum is open Sunday through Saturday. The museum is located at Pier 19, Harborside Drive, Galveston, Texas 77550.

Sam Houston Memorial Museum (Huntsville)
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum is a center for education and information about Sam Houston and the role he played in Texas history. It is open Tuesday through Sunday. The museum’s address is 1402 19th Street, Huntsville, Texas 77340.

San Jacinto Museum of History (La Porte)
The base of the San Jacinto Monument houses the San Jacinto Museum of History. The museum honors those who fought in the Battle of San Jacinto to win Texas’ independence from Mexico and presents the history of Texas and the Spanish Southwest. The museum is open Sunday through Saturday. The museum is located at One Monument Circle, La Porte, Texas 77571.

Lake Jackson Historical Association (Lake Jackson)
The Lake Jackson Historical Society runs the Lake Jackson Historical Museum. The museum focuses on the history of Lake Jackson with interactive exhibits and high-tech displays. It is open Tuesday through Saturday. The museum’s address is 249 Circle Way, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566.

The Woodlands Children’s Museum (The Woodlands)
The Woodlands Children’s Museum provides creative play experiences and interactive activities for children. It is ideal for children seven years old and under. It is open Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is located at 4775 West Panthercreek Drive #280, The Woodlands, Texas 77381.

Lucky Wedding Traditions From Around the World

Lucky Wedding Traditions From Around the World
by Carolynn Waites
Apr 17, 2014

Add a Cultural Tradition to Your Wedding for Good Luck

There are many traditions followed around the world to bring good luck to the bride and groom. In the United States, we are familiar with “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Brides and grooms across the globe have their own unique good-luck charms and traditions to help the marriage get off to a great start. Have fun by incorporating some of these unique practices into your own wedding ceremony.

Sweden: In Sweden, the parents of the bride present her with a special gift before the ceremony. Her father places a silver coin in her left shoe and her mother places a gold coin in her right shoe. These are to make sure that their daughter will always be provided for.

Bermuda: Bermudian couples place a small cedar sapling on the bride’s wedding cake. After the wedding, they plant the sapling at their home. This helps ensure that the couple grows old and prospers together.

England: Many English couples will invite a chimney sweep to their wedding. King George II declared chimney sweeps to bring good luck after one saved his life. It is considered good luck to see a chimney sweep on the day of your wedding.

Greece: According to Greek culture, brides should tuck a wrapped sugar cube into their glove in order to sweeten their marriage.

Ireland: Ringing bells at an Irish wedding keeps evil spirits away and brings harmony to the couple’s life. It is common for Irish brides to carry small bells in their bouquets and bells often decorate tables at the reception.

Czech Republic: A tree decorated with colorful ribbons is planted in the bride’s yard on the day before her wedding. The tradition is that the bride will live as long as the tree.

Thailand: In Thailand, guests tie a white string around each of the bride’s wrists. Wearing them for at least three days will bring the most luck.

Nigeria: Nigerian brides wash their feet with cold water before they cross the threshold. This brings a clean slate to the start of the marriage.

China: Many Chinese couples begin the wedding ceremony at half past the hour, so they begin their lives together when the clock is on an upswing.

Italy: Couples in Italy will smash a vase or a glass at their wedding. Tradition states that however many pieces the glass breaks into symbolizes the number of years they will be happily married.

Sources:
50 Wedding Traditions and Superstitions
Wedding Superstitions from Around the World
15 Wedding Traditions for Good Luck