Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Smithsonian Magazine’s 5th Annual Museum Day

Greenville, Ohio - On Saturday, September 26, 2009, Garst Museum &a The Annie Oakley Center will participate in the fifth annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine. A celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian’s Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine, and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based properties. Doors will be open free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors at museums and cultural institutions nationwide.

Last year, upwards of 200,000 people attended Museum Day, with all 50 states plus Puerto Rico represented by over 900 participating museums, including 84 Smithsonian affiliate museums. This year, the magazine expects to attract over 1,000 museums.

“We think it is important to participate in Museum Day in order to be part of a nationwide observance of American heritage and culture,” said Garst Museum’s executive director, Penny Perry.

Garst Museum & The Annie Oakley Center is a seven building complex with about 33,000 sq ft of exhibit space. Darke County natives Annie Oakley, Lowell Thomas, and Zachary Lansdowne are featured exhibits. The Crossroads of Destiny galleries trace Darke County’s origins from prehistoric times to the signing of the Treaty of Greene Ville in 1795. Antique furnishings, Currier & Ives prints, the old village shops, antique farm equipment & household appliances, and the Iddings sprint race car are but a few of the many exhibits to see in the museum complex.

Visit www.smithsonian.com/museumday to download your Museum Day Admission Card. Attendees must present the Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry to participating institutions. Each card provides museum access for two people, and one admission card is permitted per household. Listings and links to participating museums’ can also be found at www.smithsonian.com/museumday.

About Smithsonian Media

Founded in 1970 with the launch of Smithsonian magazine, Smithsonian media—comprising Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian Publishing Digital Network, Smithsonian Books and advertising for Smithsonian Channel—allows the intellectually curious to indulge and engage their passions for history, the arts, science, the natural world, culture and travel. Smithsonian Media’s flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, has a circulation of more than two million. This multimedia network is also affiliated with the world’s most visited museum and research complexes at the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, visit www.smithsonian.com, www.airandspacemag.com, and www.gosmithsonian.com.

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