Passport To History®
The Delaware County Historical Society created its Passport to History® Program to bring history to life for children and their families across Delaware County. Students receive a passport and each time they visit an historic site they receive a stamp on their visa pages. Children who collect five stamps in a twelve month period will receive an award.
Participants visiting sites with their families can use their passports as a free admission ticket. Passport holders who visit a historic site on a school or group field trip may be required to pay a fee to cover the cost of educational programming.
Students enrolled through their schools will submit passports at the beginning of the new school year and will receive awards at that time. Children enrolled in the program through their families, scouts, or other groups need to notify the Passport to History® office to receive the award certificate.
Contact Laurie Grant at for information regarding our Passport to History and other educational programs.
Passport to History® Programs
All Passport to History® programs adhere to the curriculum standards set forth by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the instruction of social studies, and are presented free of charge through Delaware County Historical Society. EITC is offered to qualifying businesses in Pennsylvania to support the DCHS Passport to History® programs.
The most popular Passport to History® programs are:
Archaeology* – Students are introduced to the world of an archaeologist through a collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts, maps, tools, and hands-on laboratory work. Activities can be adapted to highlight fieldwork, laboratory practices or mapping skills. (average 1.5 – 2 hour instruction)
Betsy Ross Star – Students are greeted by interpreters who dress in authentic style 18th century clothing. Children are taught about the history of the American Flag and make and take a five-pointed star with one snip of the scissors! (average 45 minute to 1 hour assembly)
Corn husk Dolls – Toys and games were an important part of our history. Students are taught about Native American/ Colonial American traditions and create a one-of-a-kind hand-made corn husk doll. (average 1.5 –2 hour instruction)
What is in this bag? – Interpreters arrive in the classroom with several historic “sacks.” Students are asked to identify the “sack” and then are introduced to what would have been in each of these “sacks,” what the items are and why they are in that particular “sack.” (average half hour to 45 minute program)
Custom programs – please contact Laurie Grant at 610 359-0832 Ext. 100 or email
Programs can be presented individually or combined.
*please note that mapping activities also comply with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania standards for the instruction of mathematics.