Passport Partners Award I-Pad

Pat Hoffman Barbara Shuck Jim Walter

Pictured are Patricia Hoffman of Oneida Community Mansion House, Barbara Shuck and Jim Walter of Madison County Tourism.

Madison County Tourism News

(Oneida, NY – Jan. 2013) A lucky visitor to Madison County is the proud owner of a brand new iPad after her name was drawn from all the completed cultural and historic attraction passports. Barbara Shuck of Whitesboro, NY had her name drawn at random as the lucky winner of the grand prize from last year’s contest.

Shuck picked up her passport in Cazenovia and proceeded to visit nine of the 12 participating museums and galleries in the county. She said that she had been to many of them before, but the passport gave her a reason to visit new places and to go back to museums she had not been to in a long time.

Twelve cultural and historic sites across Madison County banded together to create the Cultural and Historic Attraction Passport Program in an effort to increase visitation. Each time a visitor stopped at one of the locations, they received a stamp in the passport.

Madison County Tourism executive director Jim Walter says that the program was a success.

“We brought a lot of awareness to historical and cultural locations across Madison County,” Walter said. “The program has been cited as an example of small organizations working together to get more exposure from a number of state wide organizations. In 2013, we plan to work with these groups on further advancing the message of the fantastic history we have in Madison County.”

Participating locations included the Oneida Community Mansion House, Canastota Canal Town 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 and the Cazenovia Public Library.

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