Passport to the Past Program Launch!!
May 21, 2022
The Aransas County Passport to the Past program was officially launched today! The Passport to the Past program promotes 4 venues; the Fulton Mansion, Texas Maritime Museum, History Center of Aransas County, and The Rockport Railroad Depot.
Anyone can participate in this program! Just visit your first venue and scan the QR code on the Passport to the Past sign, there should be a sign just outside and inside the entrance. Once you fill in the basic check-in form you’ll receive an automated email verifying you’ve checked in. Be sure to look in your junk or spam folder if you don’t receive it, the email should come within 2 or 3 minutes of your completion of the check-in form. Once you’ve checked in at the 4th venue on your journey show a volunteer or staff member that you’ve received 4 email responses and you’ll receive a prize for completing your Aransas County Passport to the Past! Its just that simple!!
Who Created This Program?
The Rockport Cultural Arts District founded and sponsors this program, Persona Digital Marketing created the website, branding, and check-in process. The goal of the Aransas County Passport to the Past program is to encourage visitors to visit multiple historic venues and attractions when they come to our community.
What is the purpose of the Aransas County Passport to the Past program?
Visitors will learn more about the history of Aransas County, Rockport, Fulton, and the State of Texas. We encourage all local citizens and visitors to complete their digital passport by visiting all 4 venues! You’ll have a great time at the different venues and get a prize for taking the time to check out all 4 locations.
About our venues:
The Texas Maritime Museum has been educating visitors about the rich maritime history of Texas for over 20 years! View Texas history from exploration and settlement, to boat building and shipbuilding, sports and commercial fishing, and the search for offshore oil and gas.
The History Center of Aransas County tells the history of the people who developed this county via dynamic exhibits. Outdoor and indoor exhibits tell the stories of the real people of Aransas County. The Center provides a space for displays, workshops, meetings, and gatherings.
The Rockport Cultural Arts District (RCAD) is restoring and repurposing the historic Rockport San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad Depot building. RCAD’s visionary goal is to utilize the Depot as a transportation hub for the Downtown District.
George and Harriet Fulton completed their stately mansion in 1877. Now a historic house museum operated by the Texas Historical Commission, Fulton Mansion provides a rare glimpse into Victorian decor and domestic technology.
About the Rockport Cultural Arts District:
The mission and objectives of the District are to strengthen and preserve Rockport’s unique reputation as a significant artistic community and be a resource for residents and visitors. The District’s goals are focused on continued economic development through marketing the many facets of tourism within the District.
Rockport Cultural Art District Goals
- Enhance economic development of the downtown in Rockport’s Cultural Arts District through marketing the unique cultural heritage of Rockport
- Participate in value-added activities that leverage the mission of partner non-profits, visual, performing, culinary and literary artists
- Create an identity for RCAD which builds on the distinct nature of the district- the Harbor front, historic downtown, individual cultural institutions and natural environment of the bay- and results in attracting new visitors, creative entrepreneurs and residents to Rockport in revitalizing our community
- Expand the awareness of Rockport Cultural Arts District as a central neighborhood of the Rockport-Fulton and Aransas County region which has been a major Texas coastal resource since the 1800’s