Fourth-graders get free Western Reserve Historical Society access

Western Reserve Historical Society announced a new promotion for fourth- grade students in partnership with America 250-Ohio, the official state commission responsible for spearheading Ohio’s celebrations around America’s semiquincentennial in 2026.

The 4th Grade History Pass is specifically designed for fourth-grade students across the state. Every fourth-grade student in Ohio will have the opportunity to visit participating history-related museums and sites free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult. The program aims to cultivate curiosity in young minds in anticipation of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

“As a member of the America 250-Ohio Commission, I am honored to represent WRHS and our work to help commemorate the 250th anniversary of the United States in 2026,” said Kelly Falcone-Hall, president and CEO of Western Reserve Historical Society. “We are pleased to lead the effort to bring all fourth-grade students to visit any participating history museum with their families, including two of our sites: the Cleveland History Center in University Circle and Hale Farm & Village in Bath Township.”

Fourth-grade students can use the pass at more than 10 institutions throughout Ohio, including Western Reserve Historical Society, Ohio History Center, Cincinnati Museum Center, Campus Martius Museum and Fort Meigs Historic Site. A comprehensive list of participating locations is available at

To participate, acquire a pass from the America 250-Ohio website and select a printed or digital version for download. Regular admission fees apply for accompanying family members and passes are not valid for field trips or group visits. The current pass is valid through Aug. 31, for 2023-2024 fourth-graders. ∞