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National Postal Museum Participates in MonacoPhil

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From December 4-6, 2009, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum participated in MonacoPhil, the...

Meet the National Postal Museum’s Summer Interns!

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By Maggie Sigle, Volunteer and Intern Coordinator

National Postal Museum To Unveil Art Exhibition

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The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is unveiling an exhibition of original artwork Dec. 10 titled, “New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art.” On display through Mar. 13, 2017, 30 pieces of original artwork will be publically displayed for the first time, celebrating the influence of New York City on American society.

Baseball at the National Postal Museum

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February 20, 2019Top: 3¢ Centennial of Baseball stamp, 1939. Right: 6¢ Grandma Moses American Folklore Series stamp, 1969.The first professional baseball club in America – the Cincinnati Red Stockings – was established in 1869. Two years later, in 1871, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players was officially formed, thereby becoming baseball’s first “major league.” In commemoration of these two significant sesquicentennials of baseball history, the National Postal Museum is excitedly preparing for a new exhibition which will be open from 2020 through 2022.

19 Years of the National Postal Museum

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By Nancy Pope, Historian and CuratorA museum’s 19th anniversary is not one usually celebrated by big parties full of balloons, cakes, and presents. But it is a nice opportunity to reflect on the past through a blog post.On July 30, 1993, the National Postal Museum opened, offering at long last an opportunity to share more than just a few objects from the Smithsonian’s philatelic and postal history collections with the public. Over the years the museum has been host to dozens of exhibits, hundreds of public programs and events, and millions of visitors. In the late 1990s we began sharing the world of the postal museum with the even larger audience of the internet, launching our first website.

National Postal Museum Presents Congressional Stamp Exhibit

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The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum will display philatelic items from the personal collections of Senators Orrin Hatch, Carl Levin and Lisa Murkowski, and U.S. Representatives Gary Ackerman, Robert Aderholt, Lacy Clay, Joseph Pitts, and Silvestre Reyes. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 24 - 26 in the Rayburn House Office Building at Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street S.W., Washington, DC. The exhibit is designed for collectors and non-collectors alike with unique philatelic material that has never before been seen by the public.

National Postal Museum Interns Examine Different Facets of Postal History

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Last summer, the National Postal Museum was fortunate enough to host two fantastic interns – Aleida Fernandez and Ellyse Stauffer – who worked over the course of three months with curator and historian Nancy Pope. Each had their own research project, which resulted in interesting and informative articles currently featured on the National Postal Museum’s website.

Postal Gals: 2019 Curatorial Internships at the National Postal Museum

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By Shannon Chamberlain, Tosca DiBella, and Jenna Lipman; Curatorial Interns, July 25, 2019This summer, Shannon Chamberlain, Tosca DiBella, and Jenna Lipman were interns for the Curatorial Department of the National Postal Museum. They have spent two months carrying out research projects for the museum with the intent that their projects will soon be transformed into an online platform for all to see. They wanted to share a bit about their projects, as well as what they were able to take away from their experiences here at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum.

The National Postal Museum at “The Big Draw”

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By Debbie Bartels, Museum Educator, National Postal Museum“We love to draw!” was the cry that rang out at North Chevy Chase Elementary School (NCCES) earlier this month. It came from the more than 300 students at the Chevy Chase, Maryland school that got to participate in the 5th annual “Big Draw” program.The Big Draw is a wonderful program where, for a day, the school transforms the 3rd to 6th grade classes to be arts based. Armed with their sketch pads and colored pencils the kids get to draw about every subject they learn that day and they love it!Usually I work onsite at the museum giving tours to students, but for this event I got to visit some students at their place of work! I was a first timer at this Big Draw but the National Postal Museum has been part of the event since the beginning.

Adventures in Preservation at the National Postal Museum

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My internship at the National Postal Museum has been seriously amazing! I was the intern for the Preservation Department under the direction of Linda Edquist (Head of Preservation), Rebecca Kennedy (Preservation Specialist), and Manda Kowalczyk (Preservation Specialist). Over the course of my time I learned about preservation standards, such as monitoring environmental and light level readings; creating four-flap enclosures, sink mats, and humidification chambers; preparing objects for exhibition by backing and wrapping or encapsulation; and engaging visitors about the 10 Agents of Deterioration. In particular, my internship focused on rehousing a series of glass negatives from various collections and the Raymond Gaillaguet Collection, which also required cataloguing.

National Postal Museum’s Family Day with Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants!

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Here at the National Postal Museum, we are getting really excited about a very unique public program. On Saturday, June 25, 2016, you’re invited to the National Postal Museum’s Family Day with Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants in celebration of the 2013 SpongeBob MailPants program and the induction of a special-edition SpongeBob mailbox into the museum’s collection.

Help Us Name The National Postal Museum's Blog

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Go To The NPM's Special Facebook Page To Vote for your favorite name for the National Postal Museum's Blog. Include your vote in the comments at the bottom of the page. You will need to be a fan of the National Postal Museum on Facebook to vote. Please join us in this fun initiative.The three choices are:1. Pushing the Envelope2. PostScript3. Back of the Envelope

Fun for all at the National Postal Museum’s Family Day!

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The National Postal Museum recently hosted a Family Day with SpongeBob SquarePants. The event originated from a collaboration with Nickelodeon and the United States Postal Service, and sought to encourage letter writing and philately in children, educate participants about marine life, and provide engaging entertainment for the whole family. As soon as the museum opened at 10:00 a.m., it was packed with visitors of all ages!

National Postal Museum Is Sharing Secrets from Around the World!

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The National Postal Museum today opened PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard. The exhibition communicates a contemporary narrative of mail and the postal service, highlighting the aesthetics of the communication tool itself and the juxtaposition between anonymity and shared experiences. It also demonstrates a unique relationship between mail, digital technology and social media. The exhibition will be open through September 2016.

World’s Rarest Stamp Now on Display at National Postal Museum

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The world’s most famous and valuable stamp, the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, is now on display that the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. Prominently showcased in the museum’s William H. Gross Stamp Gallery, the stamp will be on display until November 2017, the longest and most publicly accessible showing ever.

One-Cent Magenta from British Guiana Visits National Postal Museum

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The National Postal Museum was recently visited by David Redden, a vice president of Sotheby’s, and some precious cargo, the One-Cent Magenta from British Guiana. (Sotheby's will auction the stamp in Manhattan in June.) Mr. Redden was joined by Robert Odenweller, of the museum's Council of Philatelists, a security officer, James Barron, a reporter from the New York Times and a photographer from the paper.

National Postal Museum Launches Online Exhibit, “Hunting for Wiesenthals”

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Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum has launched a new online exhibit, “Hunting for Wiesenthals: Postmarks from the Simon Wiesenthal Collection” on its...

Exquisite Beauty Makes Its Debut at the National Postal Museum

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By Tabitha Jacques, Special Project CoordinatorCollecting History, 125 Years of the National Philatelic Collection opened this month at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. The exhibit highlights interesting objects added to the museum's collection, and the curators that collected them, since the Smithsonian philatelic collection began 125 years ago. Out of the millions of objects, one in particular caught the eye of exhibit curator Daniel Piazza: the A.M. Tracey Woodward Stamp Collection and Book, presented together in this exhibtion for the first time.Find out why curator Daniel Piazza is particularly fond of this object in the video below:

Lovers and Fighters: February at the National Postal Museum

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By Matthew White, Director of EducationThe National Postal Museum’s (NPM) Department of Education & Visitor Services is always a creative, bustling, and productive place. Team members can be found planning and hosting public events, training volunteers, preparing curricula and craft supplies, or leading school children around the museum. It’s not only what we do, it’s what we love to do! February is particularly busy for the department due to Valentine’s Day and Black History Month, which we celebrate and honor each year with topical programming. This February was remarkable not only because our programs achieved record-breaking attendance numbers for the museum, but also due to major departmental changes in the past year. I came on board as the Director of Education in September of 2016 and I cannot begin to tell you how proud of and impressed I am by this talented and devoted group.

"Ask a Curator Day” at the National Postal Museum

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By Katie Burke, Museum TechnicianEver wondered what really goes on behind the scenes at the National Postal Museum? Not sure what a curator is or does? Here’s your chance to get all your questions answered!Ask a Curator Day, a worldwide Q&A with dozens of participating museums, is Wednesday, September 19.We’re excited to announce that several of our expert curators will be available to answer your questions from 10 AM to 3 PM EDT on Twitter using the hashtag “#askacurator”.Our curators are looking forward to answering your questions, particularly the ones that relate to their areas of expertise. Here are the curators who will be participating:

My Paper Conservation Internship at the National Postal Museum

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I have just completed a six week paper conservation internship at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum (NPM). The purpose of the internship was to gain professional experience in the practice of conservation in an industry setting, and to manifest a network of professional contacts in the field of my related specialism. To gain entry into the conservation profession with a MA level qualification, vocational training courses, and multiple internships and fellowships are required. As such I was thrilled that being given the opportunity to work at NPM, as the experience at such an internationally renowned museum would provide an invaluable opportunity for professional development.

The National Postal Museum Presents the 2019 Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Awards

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On October 19, 2019, the National Postal Museum will celebrate three extraordinary individuals at the...

25 Reasons to Give to the National Postal Museum on #GivingTuesday

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By Emma Auburn, Advancement Associate, November 27, 2018#GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season by bringing people together around the values of giving back. This day connects diverse groups of individuals around the world to celebrate and encourage giving. Your annual gifts allows the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum to broaden access to everyone. Your generosity allows us to present our collections in new ways while preserving them for the future. Donors like you give us the opportunity to dive deeper into our research and scholarship to share. By having you as part of our community, we are strengthened as a museum. To join the Smithsonian National Postal Museum Society today, please visit: Support the Museum. Since the museum recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, here are 25 reasons why your support today means so much:

Festive Fun at the National Postal Museum's Annual Holiday Card Workshop!

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On Saturday, December 10th, the National Postal Museum hosted its Annual Holiday Card Workshop. The museum was packed with participants of all ages who spent the day creating unique holiday greetings for their friends and families. We'd like to share with you some of our favorite photos from the day!
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