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May 11, 2012

The Old Governor’s Mansion at Georgia College salutes active-duty military personnel and their families.

The mansion will join more than 1,500 museums across the nation to offer free admissions to active-duty service members and their families through the 2012 Blue Star Museums program.

The program begins Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 and lasts through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.

“This program is an opportunity for military families in the area to experience the mansion’s history and culture,” said Matthew S. Davis, curator for the Old Governor’s Mansion. “It’s also an opportunity for us to thank military personnel for their services.”

A collaboration among the National Endowment for Arts, Blue Star Families and Department of Defense, the Blue Star Museums program provides access to popular museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa throughout the summer months.

Mansion guests will experience the nation’s Civil War and Antebellum history while touring each of the mansion’s historic rooms.

“We hope our servicemen and servicewomen take advantage of this program as our way to thank them for serving our country,” said Jim Turner, mansion director. “We’re proud of our military personnel and look forward to sharing our rich history with them.”

For more information about this program contact Matthew S. Davis at 478-445-4545 or visit For a list of participating museums visit

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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