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Fourth Graders in Ohio Get History on Us! Free Museum Pass Unveiled


OHIO – Calling all young history buffs! Get ready to explore Ohio’s fascinating past for free! Today, America 250-Ohio, the official commission celebrating the state’s 250th anniversary in 2026, launched the 4th Grade History Pass. This exciting program grants every fourth-grader in Ohio free admission to participating history museums and sites across the state, accompanied by a paying adult.

“We want to spark curiosity in young minds and foster a sense of pride in Ohio’s rich history,” said Todd Kleismit, Executive Director of America 250-Ohio. “This program is a fun and educational way for families to connect with their roots and learn more about the state’s incredible contributions to the nation’s journey.”

With over 10 participating institutions, the pass opens doors to exciting historical experiences. Explore the Ohio History Center, Cincinnati Museum Center, Western Reserve Historical Society/Cleveland History Center, Campus Martius Museum, Fort Meigs Historic Site, and more! Find the full list and download your printed or digital pass at America250-Ohio.org/fourth-grade-pass.

Remember, regular admission fees apply for accompanying adults, and the pass isn’t valid for group visits. But don’t worry, the program runs through August 31, 2024, giving you plenty of time to plan your historical adventures. New passes will be available each school year, ensuring fourth-graders can enjoy this amazing opportunity through 2026.

“We’re grateful to our partner museums and sites for joining this initiative,” said Doug Preisse, America 250-Ohio Commission Co-Chair. “Together, we can show young minds that history isn’t just about the past, it’s a roadmap for our future.”

Educators like Shawn Kaeser, an eighth-grade social studies teacher and father of nine, see the value firsthand. “This program aligns perfectly with our curriculum, offering an unforgettable experience that brings history to life,” he shares.

So, get ready for a journey through time! With the 4th Grade History Pass, Ohio’s past is waiting to be explored, for free, by our future generation of history lovers.