Passport To History

37537828_10208907867332354_3289808364481019904_nSomeone at work told me today that I always find the neatest things to do. It’s true that I keep myself busy and that I have been doing some interesting things.

Truth be told, I am always on the hunt for an event or concert or fun thing to see or do. I actively search the tourism websites for nearby counties and periodically check out regional theaters and museums. I also keep a running list of possible activities and events to choose from. Winter is a harder time to stay active but warm weather in Ohio presents a whole host of things to do and I’m finding there isn’t enough free time or spending money to do everything I wish most weekends.

If you’re a history buff, you might be interested to know about the passport created by Ohio History Connection. I think this group used to be called the Ohio Historical Society but they’ve done some rebranding to present themselves as young and fresh. One result is the passport and map pictured above.

Ohio History Connection operates 58 historic sites and museums in forty Ohio counties. I wrote about Adena Mansion and Gardens a couple of weeks ago and have been to several others but there are quite a few I never heard of until getting the passport.

37386787_10208907936054072_2462480067066855424_nThe passport is broken down by regions with a page dedicated to each site. There’s a photo, description, and line to record when you visited. There’s also a place to have the page stamped by site operators or to answer a question at the sites that are not staffed.

It comes with a checklist and a fold out map to help you visualize each site around the state.

Like I said, I’ve been to a lot of the sites but I’m going to play along, revisit sites, and fill up my passport. In fact, I’m kind of excited about visiting a few places again and super excited to see others that I’m not familiar with.

Many are just monuments with an interesting story. Some are truly great attractions to visit like the U.S. Grant Boyhood Home, the Harriett Beecher Stowe House and the Warren G. Harding home. Campus Martius Museum down in Marietta is wonderful too.

Some are not quite so exciting. Monuments with markers that tell great stories aren’t as exciting as a guided tour of Adena but that’s okay too, especially if you’re doing something else in the area or just out for a Sunday drive. Do people even still take Sunday drives? It seems like folks are always in a hurry to get somewhere and not necessarily in the market for a trip with no destination. But I digress. . .

If you’re in the market to do the passport, you can learn all about it here.

In my experience, some of the best days I’ve had have been out exploring places I haven’t been and learning about things that I didn’t think I would care about at all. Checklists and passports are a fun way to expand your horizons and to explore places that wouldn’t ordinarily be on your radar.

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