Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Bradford County Museums Promote “Passport Through History” Contest

The museums of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, have released a newly revised 20-page guide highlighting the twelve museums of Bradford County. The guide is now available at over 60 locations in New York and Pennsylvania as well as each museum. It can be supplied to other locations upon request.

The full-color glossy booklet, titled "A Comprehensive Guide to Bradford County Museums" features an introduction to local history, a list of popular history topics and the museums where those topics can be explored, a map identifying museum locations in the county, and a "Passport through History." Each museum is featured on its own page with a photo, description, months of operation, contact information, driving directions, GPS coordinates and a QR Code that when scanned by a QR code app, will instantly connect the user directly to the respective museum website.

The "Passport through History" found in the guide is a yearly challenge. Visitors carry their "passport" as they visit all twelve museums in one season and collect a unique sticker or mark from each location. When the passport is filled, it can be turned in to the Bradford County Historical Society and added to a drawing at the end of the tourist season. The drawing will take place at the October meeting of the museums of Bradford County. The winner will receive one year of family membership in one of the Bradford County museums, or a comparable prize if the museum they choose does not offer family membership.

Bradford County’s museums include the Bradford County Heritage Association (Farm Museum and Historic Village), Bradford County Historical Society, French Azilum historic site, Home Textile Tool Museum, LeRoy Heritage Museum, Manley-Bohlayer Farm, P.P. Bliss Gospel Songwriters Museum, Sayre Historical Society, Tioga Point Museum, Wyalusing Valley Museum, Tuscarora Township Historical Society and the Troy Historical Society (currently under construction). Some of the museums have limited hours or are only open for special events. Contestants may need to contact some of the museums to find out the best time to get their passport stamped.

Filling the passport makes a great summer project for families and students by providing an opportunity to learn about local history and to visit local attractions during several day trips.

A free pdf of the guide can be downloaded for use on either a computer or phone by visiting and clicking on Plan a Visit and then County Museums in the left column. 

The guide was sponsored by the Bradford County Room Tax Fund and the Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency.