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Onderdonk House Is A ‘Blue Star Museum’

The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society is proud to be part of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families through Labor Day 2014.

The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society is proud to be part of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families through Labor Day 2014.

The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums.

The free admission program is available to 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 Vander Ende-Onderdonk House is open to the public on Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. for guided tours of the current exhibits, restored rooms and 1.5 acres of gardens and open space.

“We are excited to offer this opportunity for our military families for the 4th year and we have 2 events that may be of special interest to them,” said GRHS President Linda Monte.

On Saturday, Aug. 16, the Onderdonk House opens its gates from noon to 6 p.m. for our community to enjoy Picnic Days at the Onderdonk House. The society will also be opening a new exhibit on Saturday, Aug. 23, as part of the Battle of Brooklyn, Battle Week events on Gen. Nathaniel Woodhull and his role in the Revolutionary War.

Woodhull was president of the Provincial Congress of New York and led the militia of Queens and Suffolk.

There will also be activities for children-Colonial Kids-including games, craftmaking and firsthand colonial life experiences.

For information on these and other programs provided by the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society, visit www.onderdonkhouse.org and Facebook.

This program is supported by public service grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs through the efforts of City Council Members Antonio Reynoso and Elizabeth Crowley.

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