Reddick Mansion participating in Blue Star Museums program

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OTTAWA - The Reddick Mansion in Ottawa will again offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families this summer as part of the Blue Star Museums program.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration of the National Endowments for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more that 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. The complete list of participating museums is available at

Lorraine McCallister, president of the Reddick Mansion Association, said this is the fifth year the Ottawa museum is participating. “The Reddick Mansion is proud to be part of this national appreciation program - it is one way for us to express our gratitude to military families for their sacrifice, service and dedication,” she noted. “We look forward to showing them the Reddick Mansion - one of Ottawa’s and Illinois’ cultural treasures. During the last four years, we have had several veterans and their families tour the Mansion as part of this program and we are hoping for even more participants this year.”

The Reddick Mansion, built in 1858, is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and is open for tours four days a week (Friday-Monday) from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Mansion, at 100 W. Lafayette St., Ottawa, also has meeting/reception rooms available to rent for special events.

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