Passport to History

To encourage fourth grade students and their families to visit Auburn' s museums and historic sites, Auburn's Historic & Cultural Sites Commission created the "Passport to History" program in 2003 as a fun way for students to learn about the Auburn's rich history and culture. Students pick up a passport at a participating site, answer questions about the site and then receive a passport stamp on the site page, just like they would in an actual passport. The goal is for students and their families to visit all the sites and turn in a completed passport with a stamp on each page, making them eligible for various prizes.

Participating "passport" sites include the City Hall, Cayuga Museum, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Willard Memorial Chapel, Seward House Museum, Harriet Tubman Home, the Equal Rights Heritage Center and Seymour Library. The program allows for free admission to the sites for the student and his or her family members. See the chart below for information on each of the sites.

Questions about the Passport to History Program?

Email Sue Muldoon Coordinator

Print a "Passport to History" Passport HERE

Passport to History Sites/Hours

Genesee 4th grader, Jonathan Young receives his grand prize from Sue Muldoon, Passport to History Coordinator (June 2019).

In partnership with the Seymour Library, the SHM is pleased to offer the historical fiction and accompanying lesson plans below. Written by author Reagan Graney, the story will follow 16-year old Fanny Seward, daughter of William Henry Seward, as she explores the complicated narrative of the Civil War: from the roots of the women’s rights movement, to the horrors and dangers of slavery, to the truth behind the character of President Abraham Lincoln during this tumultuous period in American History.

Written for fourth and fifth graders with curriculum tie-ins for both grades chapters and activities are accessible below:

Chapter One: A Summer Afternoon

Chapter Two: Martha's Visit

Chapter Three: The Passengers

Chapter Four: Mr. Seward's Surprise

Chapter Five: To Washington