The historical societies and organizations of Northampton County have issued a Passport to History for Northampton County.

The Passport program was launched in conjunction with the opening celebration of Northampton County Courthouse Week, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the county Courthouse at its "new" location at 669 Washington Street in Easton.

In 2012, the county will be celebrating its 260th year.

The year-round 2012 Passport program offers 260 years in 26 stops. The limited edition Passports will be offered free of charge by the 19 participating organizations. As passport holders visit each site during the 2012 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 will be documented. Awards will be given to those well-traveled visitors at a special Northampton County History Day in March of 2013.

The passports encourage visitors (residents and non-residents), to explore 26 sites that bring Northampton County to life:

Ÿ 1753 Bachmann Publick House, Easton

Ÿ 1796 Ralston-McKeen House & 1786 Wolf Academy, Bath

Ÿ Bath Museum, Bath

Ÿ Visitor Center and Goundie House, Bethlehem

Ÿ Colonial Industrial Quarter, Bethlehem

Ÿ Frace Log Cabin, Forks Township

Ÿ Heller Homestead, Saucon Valley

Ÿ Historic Williams Township

Ÿ Hugh Moore Park, Easton

Ÿ Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Easton

Ÿ Jacob Nicholas House, Easton

Ÿ Kemmerer Museum, Bethlehem

Ÿ Lehigh & Keystone Valley's Model Railroad Museum, Bethlehem

Ÿ Locktender's House & Canal, Walnutport

Ÿ Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse, Lower Saucon Township

Ÿ Martin Guitar Museum, Nazareth

Ÿ Moravian Museum, Bethlehem

Ÿ National Canal Museum, Easton

Ÿ Northampton County Courthouse, Easton

Ÿ Parsons-Taylor House, Easton

Ÿ Pennsylvania Long Rifle Museum, Nazareth

Ÿ Siegfried Log Cabin, Bath

Ÿ Sigal Museum, Easton

Ÿ Steelworkers' Archives, Bethlehem

Ÿ Wagener Spring House, Forks Township

ŸWhitefield House, Nazareth

Passport to History is a collaborative effort of 19 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.

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

Passports are available in limited quantities through the Walnutport Canal Association by calling (610) 767-5817, and at the Locktender's House beginning in May.

For information, contact David Vilcek at (610) 258-3300, or hbdave@live.com.