This Collections Care Thursday the collections staff are busy installing an exhibit on World War I! "My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I" opens to the public on April 6, and will run through November 2018. During the installation collections staff work with the exhibits specialist and mount maker, and close the gallery to the public and non-essential museum staff to safeguard the...
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It's Collections Care Thursday! We have a mount maker at the museum today custom fitting a brass mount for a combination pen/pencil that will be on view in our upcoming exhibit “My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I” ([ Postalmuseum.si.edu Link ], opening on April 6. We use mounts like these in exhibits to hold objects securely in place. Mounts prevent objects from falling if their case...
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LUNCHTIME LECTURE UPDATE: Our Lunchtime Lecture for March, originally scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed until Wednesday, March 29, at noon. Postal history curator Nancy Pope will discuss the Dead Letter Office as it relates to Women's History Month - don't miss it!
Snow update: All DC-based Smithsonian museums (including us!) will open at noon today. The National Zoo will be closed.
It's Collections Care Thursday! This week the Collections Department collaborated with the Education Department to provide a behind-the-scenes tour to a school group interested in learning both about our collection and about the skills needed to work in a museum. Collections staff members brought out some Owney The Railway Mail Dog tags to show them, which allowed staff to share not only...
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It's #InternationalWomensDay! We're celebrating with stories of pioneering women in the postal service, including Jeanette Lee (seen here), the first female letter carrier in Chicago. Read more: [ Postalmuseum.si.edu Link ]

Women in the U.S. Postal System

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Come nerd out with us once a month during your lunch hour!

Every third Wednesday of the month, the National Postal Museum hosts a short talk on an interesting topic, by speakers who are experts in their fields. The talk is followed by a Q & A session, and wrapped up by dessert. Beverages and sweet treats will be served.

In March, we welcome Nancy Pope, Chief Curator of Postal History at...
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Lunchtime Lecture: The Dead Letter Office

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Post offices have played a key role in the development of many National Park Service units. Tourist mail has always been popular to send and receive, and our recent exhibit "Trailblazing" ([ Postalmuseum.si.edu Link ] explores different kinds of mailed objects sent by visitors from national parks. Three-dimensional mailings are enjoying a bit of a revival since 2010, when the non-machine able...
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It's Collections Care Thursday! Collections intern Danny has been working on digitizing our accession files, a laborious but extremely helpful task. These files contain every piece of information we have about objects that have entered our collection, and it will be tremendously useful to be able to look that information up in our database, instead of having to wrangle physical files. NPM...
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Learn about all the amazing roles women have played at the United States Postal Service- throughout history right up through today! Watch historic printing press demonstrations, play the “Dead Letter Office” game, and participate in a scavenger hunt. Visitors will have a chance to meet a real Postal Inspector and learn about her exciting job “Behind the Badge.”

AND special guest “Amelia...
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Women's History Month Family Day

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It's #ReadAcrossAmericaDay! Every year teachers and librarians honor the birthday of Theodor Geisel (a.k.a Dr. Seuss) with a celebration of childhood reading, and we want in on the action! Our school programs coordinator Jessie read stories with two school groups today - one group learned about how letters and packages get mailed, and the other about jazz great Duke Ellington. And of course,...
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Try your hand at modern calligraphy at the March Wine and Design happy hour! We'll explore some calligraphy techniques to recreate the beautiful lettering you may have seen on a wedding invitation or your friend’s Pinterest board. We will have dip pens for those who want an authentic calligraphy experience, and also brush pens (Crayola markers with soft tips that bend like paint brushes) for...
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Wine & Design March Happy Hour!

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March is #WomensHistoryMonth! Today we're celebrating colonial-era publisher and postmaster Mary Katherine Goddard. Goddard and her brother William owned a print shop in Baltimore, which Mary Katherine ran while William was away proposing a postal system to the newly formed Continental Congress. She published "The Maryland Journal," along with many almanacs and broadsides, and was the first...
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Watching the Academy Awards tonight? Let these Oscars-worthy stamps get you in the mood!
This Collections Care Thursday, we’re taking a peek behind the scenes to see how the Postal Museum processes borrowed objects! Loan objects are brought into the museum under the terms of a written loan agreement signed by the lender and the loan coordinator. The terms of the NPM incoming loan agreement state that objects borrowed will be scanned or photographed for condition purposes upon...
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Pneumatic tube mail service, where mail was placed into canisters like this one and carried through pressurized tubes below ground for delivery, became popular in New York in the 1890s. Any number of things could go wrong in a piece of mail's subterranean journey - this letter, dated today in 1898, shows damage from a pneumatic tube accident.
It's Collections Care Thursday! One of the best natural purifiers is charcoal. So when preservation specialists want to make sure the air inside of cases is free of pollutants, they will make charcoal cassettes and leave them inside the cases for several weeks. The charcoal is placed inside trays made of archival board and covered with cheesecloth. We use archival supplies to make the...
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We're celebrating Black History Month with a Lunchtime Lecture performance of "In the Smoke of the Sting: A Journey of Three Boxers for Pianist and Baritone," featuring Jarrod Lee and Dana Kristina-Joi Morgan of the Washington National Opera!
Come nerd out with us once a month during your lunch!

Every third Wednesday of the month, the National Postal Museum hosts a short talk on an interesting topic, by speakers who are experts in their fields. The talk is followed by a Q & A session. Beverages and sweet treats will be served.

In February, we celebrate Black History Month by welcoming the Washington National Opera to the...
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Lunchtime Lecture: Washington National Opera

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Happy Valentine's Day! If you're hoping for an old fashioned valentine, you're in luck - the lace-and-flowers design of this 1999 Love stamp, subtitled "Victorian Hearts," was based on vintage love tokens. We're sharing it with you today: will you be our valentine?