Passport to History

"Passport to History" invites children to celebrate City’s birthday Passport to History cover photo

The City of Eugene invites everyone to join in the celebration of its 150th birthday this year – including children, who can now get involved using a "Passport to History". Children can turn in completed passports to be entered in a drawing for a prize.

How to Enter:

Children and youth age 12 and younger are invited to discover a little about Eugene’s first 150 years with a "Passport to History".

The passports are free and may be picked up at any City community center, pool or Library or at the AAA Oregon office, at 983 Willagillespie Road You may also download and print a 8.5" x 14" version along with the assembly directions and rules:

The passport includes information about 21 historic sites and objects around Eugene, including the replica of Eugene Skinner’s cabin, the Many Nations Longhouse, and the Pioneer Mother statue on the University of Oregon campus. For each one, there is a question asked. Determine the answer by visiting each one (an address or location is provided for each, which can be visited any day or time) or beginning Oct. 1, listen to KUGN radio mornings as they "leak" answers.

Once the child has correctly answered at least 15 questions, they can enter a drawing for a Kindle Fire or iTouch reader by turning the completed passport in by Oct. 15 to:

  • Any Eugene Public Library,
  • AAA Oregon Service Center at 983 Willagillespie Road, Eugene,
  • or mail it to: Passport to History Contest, c/o Steve Ochs, 99 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401 (Must be postmarked by Oct. 1)

Winners and Prizes:

The winner will be announced at the City’s birthday party on Oct. 20 at Skinner Butte Park.

There are two grand prizes: an iTouch and a Kindle Fire.

The Passport to History is sponsored by the City of Eugene, AAA Oregon and the Lane County Historical Museum.

For more information about the Passport to History contest, call 541-682-5453 or email or

Passport to History Rules:

  • The Passport to History Contest is open to youth age 12 and younger
  • Only one passport per contestant will be accepted.
  • Blank passports may be photocopied or duplicated, however, answers to each question must be hand written in original ink or pencil; passports in which the responses that have been photocopied will be disqualified.
  • To qualify for the drawing, at least 15 questions must be answered correctly.
  • To qualify for the drawing, the contestant’s name, address, and phone number must be provided in full on the pages indicated in the passport. Passports in which this information is not legible will be disqualified
  • The drawing for the prize (or prizes) will be held and the winner(s) announced at the City of Eugene birthday party to be held on Oct. 20, 2012.