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Madison County Museums unveils Cultural & Historic Tourism Passport Program

By WKTV News

WAMPSVILLE, N.Y. - Twelve cultural and historic sites across Madison County have banded together to create a "passport program."

The goal is to encourage visitation during the summer and fall of 2012 and starting on May 17, and continuing until December, visitors can pick up the passports. If they visit eight of the 12 locations, they will be eligible to win the grand prize of an Apple I-Pad.

On Thursday, May 17 the twelve sites had displays in the Madison County Office Building atrium from 9 a.m. to Noon, with a 10 a.m. Press conference that introduced the passport program to the public.

Tourism officials said that visitors to cultural and historical sites on average, spend more money than the typical visitor. This program is designed to attract more of those tourists to Madison County, and to get them to stay longer by showcasing the variety and number of sites available to visit.

The participating sites include:

The Oneida Community Mansion House
Canastota Canaltown Museum
Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum
Lorenzo State Historic Site
National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum
Catherine Cummings Theatre
Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall
Earlville Opera House
Madison County Historical Society
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park
Gerrit Smith National Historic Landmark
Cazenovia Public Library

The passport was made possible in part by a donation from the Upstate Institute at Colgate University.

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