The Star of the Republic Museum, the Barrington Living History Farm and Independence Hall at Washington on the Brazos Historic Site are proud to join the Blue Star Museums program to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and five family members from Memorial Day (May 30, 2016) through Labor Day (September 5, 2016).
The Blue Star Museums program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC); DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID); or DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military—Army, Navy, Air
Force, Marines, Coast Guard—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.
The Star of the Republic Museum was created by the Texas Legislature and is administered by Blinn College as a cultural and educational institution to collect and preserve the material culture of the Texas Republic (1836-1846) and to interpret the history, cultures, diversity, and values of early Texans. The museum strives to inspire interest, understanding and appreciation of Texas heritage for students, teachers, scholars, and the general public through exhibits, tours, programs, web activities, and outreach. Since 1972, the museum has held the highest honor a museum can receive: accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM)—one of the first museums in the state and nation to be so designated.
Revered as the place “Where Texas Became Texas,” Independence Hall was the site, in 1836, where representatives of the Texas settlements met to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico. A replica of Independence Hall marks the place where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed and the government of the Republic of Texas was created. Tours of Independence Hall are offered daily and provide a great opportunity to discover the unique history of Texas. Special programming is offered on the third Saturday of each month.
Barrington Living History Farm is a living history representation of the farm founded by Dr. Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas. With Jones’ daybook and accounts as their guide, the interpreters at Barrington Living History Farm conduct themselves as the earliest residents of the original farmstead did – raising cotton, corn, cattle and hogs. Visitors take a step into the lives of Barrington’s earliest residents and participate in daily activities to better understand what life was like over 150 years ago.
Beyond these attractions, visitors can also enjoy the expansive park grounds along the Brazos River for picnicking, sightseeing and bird watching. There are group facilities for gatherings of all kinds, and most facilities and attractions in the park are accessible to the physically challenged. Park grounds and parking are always free.
Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site is found on the Brazos River at the original townsite of Washington, Texas, a major political and commercial center in early Texas. It is located at 23400 Park Road 12, Washington, TX, 77880—approximately halfway between Brenham and Navasota, off of State Hwy. 105. From Hwy. 105, follow either FM 912 or FM 1155 to Park Road 12. For additional information, call (936) 878-2214 or visit the site’s website at http://www.wheretexasbecametexas.org.