Caz Library promotes Madison County Passport Program

— The Cazenovia Public Library announced it is proud to be one of the 12 locations for the newly created “Cultural and Historic Attraction Passport Program.” During the summer and fall of 2012, the goal of the program is to encourage visitors to cultural and historical sites in Madison County.

Passport holders need to visit eight of the 12 sites in order to have a chance to win an Apple iPad.

Five of these sites are in Cazenovia, giving everyone an easy way to get five of the eight required stamps. In addition to the Museum at the Cazenovia Public Library, the other locations in Cazenovia are the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College, the Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall, the Lorenzo State Historic Site and Stone Quarry Hill Art Park.

The remaining seven “Passport Program” sites are the Canastota Canal Town Museum, the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, the Earlville Opera House, the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark, the Madison County Historical Society, the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Oneida Community Mansion House.

“We have fantastic museums, music venues, and cultural sites in the county. This passport program is an effort to introduce visitors to all of the sites in the county,” said Madison County Tourism Executive Director Jim Walter. “If someone stops at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, they will quickly learn about the Canastota Canal Town Museum just five miles down the road. The more exposure we can give to our historic sites and museums, the more visitors we will bring to the county.”

Passports are available at the Cazenovia Public Library or at any of the other participating sites as well as the Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce and Cazenovia Artisans. The passport may also be obtained online at madisontourism.com under history or at the Colgate Bookstore in Hamilton, the Madison County Visitor Center in Bouckville and both the Oneida Commons and the Oneida Chamber of Commerce in Oneida.

Stop by the Cazenovia Public Library to pick up a passport and begin a journey through art, music and history. As an added bonus, summer visitors will enjoy sharing the journey with participants.

The library is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

All pertinent information about each site is contained in the passport or you can inquire at madisontourism.com, at 655-9322, or at cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.

The passport was made possible in part by a donation from the Upstate Institute at Colgate University.

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