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Reddick Mansion will participate in Blue Star Museum Program

OTTAWA — The Reddick Mansion 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, non-profit 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

According to Lorraine McCallister, president of the Reddick Mansion Association, “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. We look forward to showing them the Reddick Mansion — one of Ottawa’s and Illinois’ cultural treasures. During the past five 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 through Monday). The Mansion, at 100 W. Lafayette St. in Ottawa, also has meeting/reception rooms available for rent for special events.

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