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Military Family Day at Mission San Luis

Tallahassee –

Secretary of State Ken Detzner invites the public to Military Family Day at Mission San Luis on Saturday, July 5, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"The Florida Department of State is proud to host Military Family Day at Mission San Luis," said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. "This is a wonderful opportunity for our service members and their families to enjoy free heritage and nature activities. We are indebted to the sacrifices that our military make every day, and this is one way that we can give back."

Military Family Day will include:

  • Archery for all ages
  • Special exhibit case of 300-year-old military and daily life artifacts excavated at Mission San Luis
  • Site scavenger hunt
  • San Luis word jumble, Apalachee language word search, archaeology crossword puzzle, and exhibit artifact search activities
  • Living history in the village and gardens
  • Blackpowder musket firing demos  (11:00 a.m. – Noon)
  • "Bugs" entomology presentation by Chris Linton from Lichgate historic house (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Colonial Crafts activity for kids (Noon – 2 p.m.) 
  • Archaeology slideshow (2:15 p.m.)

 (archery and weapon firings are weather dependent)

All activities are included with admission. In recognition of the Blue Star Museums initiative, active duty military and their families get free admission to Mission San Luis all summer. Non-military guest admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors 65+, and $2 for ages 6-17. Children under 6 and members get in free.


About Mission San Luis
Mission San Luis was the western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656 to 1704. Today, Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum brings the early 1700s to life with reenactors in period dress, reconstructed colonial buildings, exhibits, archaeological research, and other programming. The historic site is managed by the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Archaeological Research, and support is provided by the Friends of Mission San Luis, Incorporated. Mission San Luis is Tallahassee’s only National Historic Landmark and the only reconstructed mission in the Southeast. It is located at 2100 West Tennessee Street. For more information visit or call 850-245.6406.

About Blue Star Museums
Blue Star Museums 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 initiative offers free admission to the nation’s service members, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard, and Reserve members with up to five family members. The program extends from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. Learn more at