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Source: Kathrine Schlageck, 785-532-7718, klwalk@k-state.edu;
and Caitlin Muret, 785-532-6415, cmuret@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415, kmayes@k-state.edu

Thursday, April 23, 2009

K-STATE'S BEACH MUSEUM OF ART HONORING AMERICAN SOLDIERS AT OPEN HOUSE MAY 3

MANHATTAN -- Civil War re-enactors, art by American children affected by the Iraq war and a chance to thank a soldier for their service are part of an open house from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

The event is part of the museum's exhibition "The American Soldier: A Photographic Tribute," on display through May 31.

The open house is free and the public is invited. All activities are free thanks to a grant from the Bramlage Family Foundation. At the open house, visitors will be able to:

* See Civil War re-enactors and handle reproductions of items from that era;

* Decorate and hang yellow ribbons on museum grounds;

*Learn about the signal corps and Wig Wag and Morse codes;

* Write and illustrate a letter to soldiers who are currently deployed. The letters can be for someone you know or can be a general letter; the museum will mail them.

* View artwork by children. The works are part of K-State's The Home of the Brave Project, which gives an artistic voice to the children of deployed National Guard or Reserve soldiers, or those who live in communities affected by deployment. The Home of the Brave Project is related to On Our Behalf, a campaign supported by K-State's School of Family Studies and Human Services that is documenting the affect of war on children and their families.

For more information, call the Beach Museum of Art at 785-532-7718 or drop by the museum on the southeast corner of the K-State campus at 14th Street and Anderson Avenue. Admission is free, and complimentary visitor parking is available next to the facility. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays.