Northampton County Historical Organizations Launch “Passport to History”

Dec 20th, 2011

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David Vilcek

Northampton County Historical Organizations Launch “Passport to History”
Limited Edition Passports Revealed December 5 at Opening Ceremony ofNorthampton County Courthouse Week

Northampton County, PA – The historical societies and organizations of Northampton County are pleased to announce the issuance of a Passport to History for Northampton County. The Passport program will be launched in conjunction with the opening celebration of Northampton County Courthouse Week, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Northampton County Courthouse at its “new” location at 669 Washington Street in Easton. The Passport will be unveiled on Monday, December 5, 10 a.m. in the courthouse rotunda. In 2012, the county will be celebrating its 260th year.

The year-round 2012 Passport to History program offers 260 Years in 26 Stops. The limited edition Passports will be offered free of charge by the nineteen participating organizations beginning December 5th. As passport holders visit each site during the 1012 calendar year, they will present their “passports” to be stamped. When holders have successfully visited every location, the full passport and their successful travel through Northampton County history will be documented. Awards will be given to those well-traveled visitors at a special Northampton County History Day in March 2013.

The Passports encourage visitors (residents and non-residents) to explore 26 sites that bring Northampton County history to life:
•    1753 Bachmann Publick House, 2nd & Northampton Streets, Easton
•    1796 Ralston-McKeen House & 1786 Wolf Academy, 6600 Jacksonville Rd., Bath
•    The Bath Museum, Penn & Washington Streets, Bath
•    Bethlehem’s Visitor Center and Grundie House, 505 Main Street, Bethlehem
•    Colonial Industrial Quarter and Blacksmith Shop, 425 Main Street, Bethlehem
•    Frace Log Cabin, 500 Zucksville Road, Forks Township
•    Heller Homestead, 1890-92 Friedensville Road, Saucon Valley
•    Historic Williams Township- Old William’s & St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 20 Church Road, Ground Hog Liock, Electric Generating Plant, and Locktender’s House, Rt. 611 South, and Coffeetown Grist Miller,    Miller’s House, and Old Arched Stone Bridge over Fry’s Run
•    Hugh Moore Park, Lehigh Drive, Easton
•    Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, 2750 Hugh Moore Park Road, Easton
•    Jacob Nicholas House, 5th & Ferry Streets, Easton
•    Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, 427 N. New Street, Bethlehem
•    Lehigh & Keystone Valley’s Model Railroad Museum, 705 Linden Street, Bethlehem
•    Locktender’s House & Canal, 309 Lehigh Street, Walnutport
•    Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse, 4216 Countryside Lane, Lower Saucon Township
•    Martin Guitar Museum, 510 Sycamore Street, Nazareth
•    Moravian Museum, 66 W. Church Street, Bethlehem
•    National Canal Museum, 30 Centre Square, Easton
•    Northampton County Courthouse, 669 Washington Street, Easton
•    Parsons-Taylor House, S. 4th & Ferry Streets, Easton
•    Pennsylvania Long Rifle Museum, John Joseph Henry House, & Original Nicholas Hawk Gun Shop, 402 Henry Road, Nazareth
•    Siegfried Lob Cabin, W. Main Street, Bath
•    Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton Street, Easton
•    Steelworkers’ Archives, Inc., 77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem
•    Wagener Spring House, 3300 Bushkill Drive, Forks Township
•    Whitefield House, 214 E. Center Street, Nazareth

Passport to History is a collaborative effort of nineteen Northampton County historical societies and organizations. The partner agencies developed this mutually beneficial program to build cooperative relationships, promote visitation, and to address our shared mission of preserving and showcasing Northampton County’s rich history and illustrious past.

Passports are available in limited quantities through the following Partners in History:
Bath Museum
C.F. Martin Co., Inc.
County of Northampton
Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
Forks Township Historical Society
George Taylor Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Governor Wolf Historical Society
Hellertown Historical Society
Historic Bethlehem Partnership
Hugh Moore Historical Park & Museum
Jacobsburg Historical Society
Lehigh and Keystone Valley Model Railroad Museums, Inc.
Lower Saucon Township Historical Society
Moravian Historical Society
Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society
Saucon Valley Conservancy
Steelworkers’ Archives, Inc.
Walnutport Canal Association
Williams Township Historical Society

This program has been launched through the generous support of Northampton County, the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, and James S. Garofalo Realtor.