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Free access to Reagan home for military families

Published: Saturday, May 31, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, June 2, 2014 9:21 a.m. CST

DIXON – The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home this week announced its affiliation with Blue Star Families as a Blue Star Museum.

The designation means that the Reagan Home joins more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states to offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year.

“It just seemed right to participate,” Brandi Langner, executive director of the Dixon museum, said in a news release. “I believe this affiliation would have made President Reagan proud.”

Said volunteer Heidi Beaugrand-Eberhardt, “I feel very honored to be involved in a project like this that honors our military families.”

Free admission is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card, a DD Form 1173 card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active-duty military 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.

More information, including lists of other participating museums, is available at arts.gov and reaganhome.org.

New plaque

Leland Garrison on Friday presented a plaque to the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home identifying a tulip poplar tree that he donated several years ago. The tree is planted outside the horse barn where the home’s Model T, “Bessie,” is stored.

The tree was donated as a sapling from a tulip poplar at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

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