Visit Montgomery announced  the “Pastport to History” program Wednesday at the Saint Kateri National Shrine and Historic Site in Fonda. From left, Kateri Shrine Director of Operations Melissa Miscevic Bramble, County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort, New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Education Director Park & Recreation Worker David Brooks, and County Historian Kelly Yacobucci Farquhar.


Program Offers Free Admission to Students, Chance to Explore Hundreds of Years of History

(FONDA, NY) – Whether your interest is North America’s Indigenous populations, the founding of our nation, the Underground Railroad and emancipation, or the industrial revolution and the Erie Canal, there’s something for everyone in Montgomery County.

With summer break starting this week for local school children, Visit Montgomery County, the county’s tourism initiative, is launching a new program called “Pastport to History,” which encourages students to learn more about the area’s rich historic roots.

“Our communities have been home to numerous notable events for hundreds of years, even before our nation’s founding,” Montgomery County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort said.

“Too often, people think they have to travel to places like Saratoga, Gettysburg or Washington, DC, to learn about American history. No matter the time period or subject someone is interested in, you can find fun and informative activities and events right here in Montgomery County. The ‘Pastport to History’ program is our way of showcasing our historical assets and encouraging young people to learn about how our community has played a pivotal role in shaping our nation,” Ossenfort said.

Created by Visit Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Department of History and Archives, the “Pastport” is a pocket-sized booklet that teaches about more than a dozen local historic sites spanning the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Each student who brings their “pastport” to one of the historic sites will receive FREE admission and a stamp to signify their visit, just like a normal passport.

Parents who would like to obtain a “pastport” for their children can do so by contacting Students who have their “pastport” stamped by at least 10 historic sites will be entered to win a special Montgomery County prize package.

The “Pastport to History” program includes information about the following historic sites: