Blue Star Museums Initiative

Blue Star Museums Initiative

May 15, 2021 – September 6th, 2021
The Franklin County Historical Society/Old Jail Museum announced it will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program will begin on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, 2021, and end on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021. Find the list of participating museums at
Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums nationwide.
The free admission program is available for those currently-serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.
Information about the Society and museum can be found at, the Franklin Historical Facebook page, or by calling 717-264-1667.
Summer Bash – PA Army National Guard

Summer Bash – PA Army National Guard

June 5th, 2021 * 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Community Event * FREE Admission at your local PA Army National Guard Armory.
Local vendors along with local show cars.  We will have military displays including vehicles, equipment, and weapons.  Come explore your local armory and support local businesses.
  • Food Vendors
  • Car Displays
  • Military Displays
  • Rock Wall
  • Car Show
Presented by PA Army National Guard
1010 Lincoln Way West Chambersburg, PA 17202
“Housewife” Goes to War – Sewing Kits that Accompanied Soldiers to the Front, 1776-1918

“Housewife” Goes to War – Sewing Kits that Accompanied Soldiers to the Front, 1776-1918

Presented by Steve LaBarre
When it comes to sewing and textile management the American public has been none too kind to males, especially its soldiers. And yet, throughout the centuries, it has seen fit to continually equip its fighting men with one essential tool – the “housewife” sewing kit. Join historian Steve LaBarre for a fascinating look at the use of sewing kits or “housewives” – as American soldiers often referred to them – as a means to both investigate and uncover an aspect of American military service throughout the centuries. , sewing, textextilesm,
1. In-Person
Wagon Shed Room – Visitors Center
1010 E. Main Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268
Limit 25. Advance registration required.
We will be at 50% of our normal capacity for this room. Physical seating will be spaced 6′-0″ apart per CDC and DOH guidelines for social distancing. Masks are required.
AVAILABILITY: 25 seats remaining
2. Online via Zoom
Link and password will be provided via email prior to the event.
AVAILABILITY: 100 spots remaining
Price is $5/person and free to Renfrew members.