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Patriotic Program Series and Blue Star Museum

The Beardsley family has a long tradition of civic involvement -- the idea of America as a unique political experiment is reflected in this series of celebrations honoring our country and the men and women who serve it.  Ruthmere is a proud participant in the Blue Star Museum program -- free admission to all active duty service men and women including their families. On the following listed holidays, each visitor will receive a free patriotic souvenir or experience a special activity appropriate to the occasion.  

  • May 25 - Blue Star Museums Begins

  • May 27 - Memorial Day (Observed May 26)

  • June 14 - Flag Day

  • June 19 - Juneteenth (Emancipation Day)

  • July 4 - Independence Day (Observed July 3)

  • September 1 - Blue Star Museums Ends

  • September 11 - Patriot Day

  • November 11 - Veterans Day (Observed November 10)

The Ruthmere Patriotic Program Series and participation in Blue Star Museums is sponsored by  

Ruthmere is a Blue Star Museum!

Ruthmere has been a proud participant in the National Blue Star Museum program since 2011. 

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. For more information on Blue Star Museums, please see click on the logo:

Blue Star Museums Parent Toolkit: A Guide for Before, During, and After Your Family Trip to the Museum (created by Blue Star Families).

The United States flag at the Havilah Beardsley House is donated by Premiere Signs in Goshen, Indiana.  Thank you!



302 E. Beardsley Ave.

Elkhart, IN 46514

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