Passport will help you explore Ohio History; enter photo contest

Staff report
FROM: The Free Press Standard

McCook House

The McCook family home in Carrollton Ohio.

Your “Passport to Your Ohio History” can begin at the McCook House Civil War Museum in Carrollton.

This summer, visitors to the Ohio Historical Society’s (OHS) 58 sites and attractions will have a new way to record their memories with the “Passport to Your Ohio History.”  Visitors can fill their passports by receiving special “I Visited” stickers at each site and answering treasure hunt-style questions related to the historic venues.

The McCook House Civil War Museum, located on Public Square, is one of the OHS sites.  The new passports are free and are available at all OHS sites, as well as Ohio Travel Information Centers, many highway rest stops and visitor’s bureau offices in counties where the 58 sites are located.

Anyone collecting all 58 stickers will qualify to be included in the Passport to Your Ohio History Hall of Fame at ohiohistory.org.

As part of the Passport to Your Ohio History program, an Ohio History Photo Contest is being held.  Visitors can take photos at their favorite historical sites and enter them for a chance to win.  The grand prize winner’s photo will be featured on the cover of the 2013 Ohio History Calendar and each month will feature one of the 12 runners up.  Complete details are available in each passport.

The McCook House Civil War Museum is a memorial of Ohio’s “Fighting McCooks.”  This Historic House was home to Major Daniel McCook, who with his nine sons and five sons of his brother became know as the “Fighting McCooks” because of their participation in the armed services of their country prior to and during the Civil War.  The federal style house has displays from the Civil War and each year has special displays of local history.  After a renovation in 2011, the house is celebrating its 175th anniversary.

Hours of operation are:  Memorial Day through Labor Day, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Labor Day through Second Weekend in October, the museum is open Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Thanksgiving Weekend features an open house all weekend with a candlelight tour Friday evening.    Admission is a suggested $3 donation.  For more information, visit http://www.carrollcountyohio.com or call 330-627-3345.

The Carroll County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is located at 61 N. Lisbon St., Carrollton, and can be reached at 330-627-0103 or 877-727-0103.

The Ohio Historical Society is a nonprofit organization who oversees a network of 58 historic sites across Ohio.  For more information, visit http://www.ohiohistory.org or call 800-686-6124.

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