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September 6, 2016 > Passport to Adventure Program launches

Passport to Adventure Program launches

Submitted By Patricia Schaffarczyk

The Tri-City area of Fremont is rich in local history that is a part of the larger history of California. This land was populated by prehistoric animals, settled by Native Americans (Ohlone), claimed by the Spanish, ruled by Mexico, and then became a part of the United States. We saw new immigrants build towns, changes in agriculture, the expansion of transportation and industry, population increases and demographic changes. All ages are encouraged to learn about this unique and exciting history.

Washington Township Museum of Local History is one of nine local history organizations that came together to create the Passport to Adventure Program. To begin, visit any one of the nine sites to pick up your passport postcard and have it punched at each location. After you have visited all nine historic sites you will receive a personalized certificate of completion and will become a ÒPassport to Adventure Historian.Ó

You can visit the Old Mission San Jose Mission Museum, cross the street and visit the Olive Hyde Art Center, then walk a couple of blocks to visit the Museum of Local History. You will have three punches on your passport and be one-third of the way to completion of the program.

Passports are available at all participating locations below or can be downloaded from any of the websites:

Ð Washington Township Museum of Local History (
Ð Niles Depot Historical Foundation (
Ð The Patterson House (
Ð Olive Hyde Art Center (
Ð Niles Canyon Railway (
Ð ChildrenÕs Natural History Museum (
Ð Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum (
Ð Shinn House (
Ð Old Mission San Jose (

Join Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison and us at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to the launch the Passport to Adventure Program on Saturday, September 10 at Old Mission San Jose. Representatives from nine historic sites (dressed in period costumes) and families will be present to kick off the exciting new program. Light refreshments will be available.

Everyone is excited about this unique program for families and individuals who want to learn more about our history while having fun. Let the adventures begin!

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Passport to Adventure
Saturday, Sep 10
Old Mission San Jose
43300 Mission Blvd, Fremont

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