Those wanting to have a memento of 200th year since Hempstead County was founded have the opportunity to earn a commemorative coin and a little bit of historical adventure with the Hempstead County Bicentennial Committee’s Passport Program.

Passports can be picked up at Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce; Clinton Birthplace National Historic Site; Rick Evans Grandview Prairie; Historic Washington State Park; Hempstead County Clerk’s Office; Famers Bank and Trust; Bancorpsouth; Diamond State Bank; First National Bank of Tom Bean; Tailgaters Burger Company; Hope Visitor Center & Train Depot and Hope Fair Park.

Participants will find 20 different locations around the county in their passport which they can then visit. At each location you can then get your passport stamped. Unless the station has visiting hours, the stamp will be located outside the building in a container. If you are unable to find the stamping station you can take a “selfie” at the station and attach it to your passport in lieu of a stamp.

Once all 20 stamps are collected, you can detach the card at the back and mail it to the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce in exchange for your commemorative coin.

The program will run through December 31, 2018. You can share photos of your visits to different locations of Hempstead County using #Hempstead200 via Facebook.

The Hempstead County Bicentennial Committee seeks to promote events and celebrations around this significant year for Hempstead County. For more information and updates concerning the Hempstead County Bicentennial visit or email On Facebook visit “@Hempstead200”.

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