NEW! History "Passport" is Fun New Tool for Exploring Ohio


COLUMBUS, OH—This summer, visitors to the Ohio Historical Society’s 58 sites and attractions will have a new way to record their memories with the Passport to Your Ohio History. Visitors can fill up their passports by receiving special “I Visited” stickers at each site and answering treasure-hunt-style questions related to the historic venues.

The passport can quickly become a souvenir as visitors document their travels and experiences all over the state of Ohio—including the Wahkeena Nature Preserve in Hocking Hills, Cincinnati’s Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Marietta’s Ohio River Museum and dozens of other destinations. After collecting all 58 stickers, the explorer will qualify to be included in the Passport to Your Ohio History “Hall of Fame” at

“Ohio is incredibly diverse in history-related travel experiences and the new ‘Passport to Your Ohio History’ is a great way to track your Ohio history adventures,” says State Tourism Director Amir Eylon. “The Ohio Historical Society has created a fun, new tool to help you plan trips, learn about Ohio’s importance to our national history and create lasting memories.”

The new passports are free and will be available now through the summer at all Ohio Historical Society sites, as well as Ohio Travel Information Centers, many highway rest stops, and visitor’s bureau offices in counties where the 58 sites are located.

Also starting with the launch of the program and presented in Passport to Your Ohio History is the Ohio History Photo Contest. Visitors can take photos at their favorite sites and send them in for a chance to win. The grand prize winner’s photo will be featured on the cover of the 2013 Ohio History Calendar and each month will feature one of the 12 runners up. Complete details for the contest are available in each passport.

Rick Finch, site manager at Fort Meigs in Northwest Ohio says, "We feel the passport program will create a buzz about visiting sites. We are excited to have a program that helps to create a very personal experience to our guest's visit."

"Now there is no excuse to not explore your 'own backyard' of Ohio. The Ohio Historical Society is your travel agent. They supply the tour book and take care of issuing the passport. All you have to do is have fun traveling and collecting stickers in your passport," commented Nancy Kleinhenz of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont.

Ohio is home to an abundance of historic sites. As a caretaker of the state’s heritage, the Ohio Historical Society provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history. The Society’s network of 58 historical sites and museums is one of the largest single networks of historic sites in the United States.

Each historic site tells a unique story about the state’s rich history. They tell of Ohio’s settlement, migration, and transportation and reveal Native American and African American heritage and culture. Other sites tell of Civil War history, dramatic battles, presidential artifacts, and even space travel. And all of Ohio’s history is wrapped in the state’s natural beauty—including nature preserves, trails, plants and wildlife—which can be the perfect retreat for nature study and relaxation.

About the Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio History Center
Founded in 1885, the non-profit Ohio Historical Society (OHS) provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archeology and natural history. The society has about 1.6 million items in its collections throughout its 58 sites and within its 250,000-square-feet Ohio History Center at 800 E 17th Ave. (Exit 111 off Highway I-71), Columbus, Ohio, 43211. The Society receives a portion of its funding from the state, but relies on admission fees, memberships, grants, donations and other forms of revenue to continue to serve Ohioans in the future. For information regarding the Society, contact Jane M. Mason, Director of Marketing and Communications, Ohio Historical Society: 614.297.2312,