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Passport Program Encourages Visits to Historic Sites

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s National Register of Historic Places Passport program continues to encourage Arkansans and heritage tourists to visit historic sites around the state, learning about Arkansas’s history while gaining stamps for prizes.

The AHPP developed the Arkansas National Register Passport Program to celebrate the act’s 50th anniversary in 2016 and to highlight some of the National Register sites that reflect Arkansas’s rich and varied history. The passport provides an excellent itinerary that can guide visitors in how to experience authentic Arkansas. The program will remain active until December 31, 2020, so there is still plenty of time to participate.

The program features 26 locations around Arkansas where visitors can get their passport stamped. After all 26 stamps are acquired, they can mail the back cover to the AHPP and receive a commemorative coin or patch, in addition to being added to the “Arkansas National Register Road Warrior” list on the AHPP website. Since some of the stamping locations have irregular hours, visitors can take a “selfie” if the site is closed and return that in lieu of a stamp.

Missouri Pacific Railway Van Noy Eating House (World War II Japanese American Interment Museum), McGehee

The stamping stations are:

  • Central Arkansas: Fordyce Bathhouse, Hot Springs National Park; Curran Hall, Little Rock; Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site; Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott; Conway County Library, Morrilton, and Faulkner County Museum, Conway
  • Northwest Arkansas: Devil’s Den State Park, West Fork; Drennen-Scott Historic Site, Van Buren; Ozark Area Depot Museum, Ozark; Carnegie Library, Eureka Springs, and St. Joe Depot, St. Joe
  • Southwest Arkansas: President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace National Historic Site, Hope; Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro; John Newton House, El Dorado; Lum and Abner Store, Pine Ridge, and Clark County Historical Museum, Arkadelphia
  • Southeast Arkansas: Pine Bluff Civic Center, Pine Bluff; Missouri Pacific Railway Van Noy Eating House (World War II Japanese American Interment Museum), McGehee; Old Monticello Post Office, Monticello; Old Crossett Post Office, Crossett, and Delta Cultural Center, Helena-West Helena
  • Northeast Arkansas: Village Creek State Park, Newcastle; Greyhound Bus Station, Blytheville; Powhatan State Park, Powhatan; Old Independence Regional Museum, Batesville, Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring. 

Old Monticello Post Office, Monticello

Passports will be available at each of the stamping sites and at each of Arkansas’s Welcome Centers operated by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Passports can also be requested by calling (501) 324-9880 or sending an email to [email protected]. More information is available at http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/Learn-More/ahpp-passports.