America 250-Ohio Providing Free History Museum Admission for Fourth Graders

Feb 13, 2024 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

America 250-Ohio, the official state commission responsible for spearheading Ohio’s celebrations around America’s semiquincentennial in 2026, is proud to unveil the 4th Grade History Pass. Beginning today, every fourth-grade student in Ohio will have the opportunity to visit participating history-related museums and sites free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.

The program aims to cultivate curiosity in young minds in anticipation of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

“We believe that this opportunity will inspire fourth-grade students to explore and appreciate Ohio’s history, fostering a sense of pride and connection to their roots,” said Todd Kleismit, executive director of America 250-Ohio. “We hope this program brings enthusiasm to many families and students who are interested in learning more about Ohio’s contributions to the nation’s history for 250+ years.”

Fourth-grade students can use the pass at more than 10 institutions throughout Ohio, including the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Ohio History Center, Cincinnati Museum Center, Western Reserve Historical Society/Cleveland History Center, Campus Martius Museum and Fort Meigs Historic Site.

A comprehensive list of participating locations where the pass can be redeemed is available at To participate, a pass can be acquired from the America 250-Ohio website where there is an option to select a printed or digital version for download. Regular admission fees apply for accompanying family members, and passes are not valid for field trips or group visits. Other restrictions may apply.

“We are incredibly thankful to our history-related museums and site partners for opening their doors and participating in this important initiative,” said Doug Preisse, America 250-Ohio Commission co-chairman. “Through this program, we aim to teach young minds that history is not a lesson on the past, but a guiding force for the future.”

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