The Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau (CMVB) recently unveiled a brand new summer initiative in partnership with thirteen area historical assets and heritage organizations. The first ever Summer Heritage Passport will take participants on a journey through the history, culture, and stories of Columbia & Montour Counties and beyond.
The Summer Heritage Passport will begin on Friday, May 4th and last through Sunday, October 7th. At each of the thirteen stops, passport holders will receive a sticker to place in their passport indicating their attendance at that location. Once 10 of the 13 locations have been visited, and stickers received, individuals may mail their completed passport to the CMVB Welcome Center to be entered in a prize drawing. The Grand Prize will feature $400 in gift cards to area restaurants. Four additional runner-up prizes will also be awarded, and will include more area gift cards, historical regional book collections, and items from several of the passport stops. The total value of all prizes is estimated at $1,000.
The Passport trail kicks off with the “History Comes Alive” event at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, which will take place May 4th – 6th, 9am – 4pm daily. Attendees will learn about the Civil War from living historians, period demonstrators, and re-enactors. Topics include Civil War-era medicine, wood turning, broom making, chair caning, printing presses, spinning and weaving, blacksmithing, spies, and more. The Barton House and historic School House will be open for tours all weekend. The first sticker can be collected at this event from the Barton Historical Association or at the Visitors Bureau’s display table.
Each of the thirteen participating locations holds a unique experience for visitors, from Bill’s Old Bike Barn to the Knoebels Carousel Museum. The majority of the stops on the summer passport can be found in either Columbia or Montour Counties, but Ashland’s Pioneer Tunnel in Schuylkill County and the three Eagles Mere museums in Sullivan County are also included. Other participants include the Boyd House, Catawissa Quaker Meeting House, Columbia County Historical & Genealogical Society, the International Harvester Collectors Museum, the Montgomery House, and the Mooresburg School.
There is no cost to participate in the event, but admission fees may apply at several of the locations. To get started, travelers may pick up a free passport from any of the participating locations or at the Columbia Montour Welcome Center (121 Papermill Road, Bloomsburg). All locations will be open during their normal posted hours. Please call or visit individual websites for complete hours of operation. For more information about the Summer Heritage Passport trail, please call 800-847-4810.