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Publish Date: 7/3/2024

For Immediate Release: Visit Montgomery County Launches Mobile ‘Pastport to History’ Program

Visit Montgomery County Launches Mobile ‘Pastport to History’ Program


Contact: Morgan McClary,; 518-774-9138

FONDA—Kick off your Fourth of July celebrations with a journey through history!

Visit Montgomery County, NY, is excited to launch a mobile version of the “Pastport to History” Program. The initiative encourages students, visitors, and locals alike to learn more about the area’s historic roots. The pastport is a free program. With more than 15 sites included, it showcases the best of the county’s rich history in an easy, mobile-friendly way.

“Our rich history is a cornerstone of our community’s identity, and the new digital ‘Pastport to History’ program is an innovative way to engage the public,” said County Executive Robert Purtell. “By exploring these historic sites, individuals can gain a deeper appreciation for the events and figures that shaped Montgomery County.”

Visit Montgomery County has been working with Bandwango to create the pass. Bandwango technology is designed to support free and paid experiences created by destinations and marketed to visitors and locals.

Users will be able to visit a dedicated mobile pastport landing page. Here, they can sign up for their Pastport to History in Montgomery County by providing their name, email address and mobile phone number. A link is then sent to their mobile phone, which opens the pastport and directs the user to add the button icon to their home screen, where they can access it any time. There is never anything to download and no bulky apps to take up space on a user’s phone.

When visiting a participating location, users need to ensure their phone’s location services are turned on to check-in via GPS and count towards prizes!

The “Pastport to History” program includes information about the following historic sites:

  • Margaret Reaney Memorial Library & Museum
  • 1747 Nellis Tavern
  • Fort Klock Historic Restoration
  • Fort Plain Museum
  • Palatine Church
  • Stone Arabia Churches
  • Kilt Farm Museum
  • Ames Museum
  • Arkell Museum
  • Van Alstyne Homestead Society & Museum
  • Charleston Historical Society
  • National Shrine of Kateri Tekakwitha
  • Montgomery County Department of History & Archives
  • National Shrine of Our Lady Martyrs
  • Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
  • Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark
  • Walter Elwood Museum

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