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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.

Meet the National Postal Museum’s Summer Interns!

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By Maggie Sigle, Volunteer and Intern Coordinator Smithsonian internships are learning experiences guided by a mentor which provide benefits relating to an intern’s education and career goals. They allow people to experience working in a museum, from the excitement of doing their own research and creating their own programs, to the practical knowledge of what a meeting between many departments is like (and in fact what all those departments do). This summer, the National Postal Museum (NPM) welcomed 9 interns. They were chosen from hundreds of candidates and are working on projects that cover a wide range of the many...

National Postal Museum Interns Examine Different Facets of Postal History

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By Ren Cooper 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. Anthony Comstock, 1844-1915 Aleida Fernandez delved into the rich history of the Anthony Comstock’s various crusades against “vice.” In her own words: “In the second half of the 19th century, New York City was a battleground between pious reformers and the...

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.

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.

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

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©2016 Viacom International Inc. Created by Stephen Hillenburg. By Ren Cooper 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. The event is from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free! Image courtesy of Himmelrich PR. The museum will be decked out like Bikini Bottom—SpongeBob’s underwater home—and filled with fun activities for the...

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

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By Katie Burke and Ren Cooper 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! Photo by Motoko Hioki Several interactive stations were set up throughout the museum. One of the most popular was “Greetings from Bikini Bottom,” a post card writing activity....

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.

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.

Lovers and Fighters: February at the National Postal Museum

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By Matthew White, Director of Education The 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...

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.

Atrium of National Postal Museum

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Featured in Torch, May 1993

At the National Postal Museum, Director Jim Bruns and bystanders survey the atrium, one of five galleries focusing on mail transportation, as a 1920s De Havilland air mail plane is readied for display overhead.

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!

National Postal Museum Offering a Special Showing of the World’s Rarest Stamp

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The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum announces a special showing of the world’s most famous and valuable stamp—the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta—at the World Stamp Show–NY 2016. The special showing will take place May 28–June 3, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City. Admission is free throughout all eight days of the show.

THE NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM OPENS JULY 30TH

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Clough Visits National Postal Museum

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A staff member of the National Postal Museum points to a display of stamps on exhibit to 12th Secretary of the Smithsonian G. Wayne Clough on his visit to the museum.

The Untold Story of How the National Postal Museum Acquired John Lennon’s Childhood Stamp Album

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By Ted Wilson, Registrar Having worked at the National Postal Museum before it even opened in 1993, Registrar Ted Wilson is replete with knowledge and stories about the museum and its objects. In anticipation of the upcoming exhibit of musician John Lennon’s childhood stamp album, Ted describes how this extraordinary item became part of the museum’s collection. “John Lennon: The Green Album” opens on September 7th, 2018, at the National Postal Museum, the same day USPS releases the new John Lennon commemorative postage stamp. W. Wilson Hulme II, National Postal Museum Curator of Philately 2002-2007. In June 2005, Wilson Hulme...

The Untold Story of How the National Postal Museum Acquired John Lennon’s Childhood Stamp Album

National Postal Museum
By Ted Wilson, Registrar Having worked at the National Postal Museum before it even opened in 1993, Registrar Ted Wilson is replete with knowledge and stories about the museum and its objects. In anticipation of the upcoming exhibit of musician John Lennon’s childhood stamp album, Ted describes how this extraordinary item became part of the museum’s collection. “John Lennon: The Green Album” opens on September 7th, 2018, at the National Postal Museum, the same day USPS releases the new John Lennon commemorative postage stamp. W. Wilson Hulme II, National Postal Museum Curator of Philately 2002-2007. In June 2005, Wilson Hulme...

National Postal Museum Student Tours

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Guided student tours aligned to District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia curriculum standards. Self-guided student tours also available for download. A lunch room may be reserved.

A Semester Well Spent: My Experience as a Collections Intern at the National Postal Museum

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As a graduate student pursuing a career in the museum world, I was searching for hands-on experience working directly with museum collections. Fortunately, I was offered a collections management internship with the Preservation department of the National Postal Museum (NPM) for the fall 2015 semester. The skills NPM staff have helped me develop over the past four months are invaluable, and my experience at the museum has been nothing short of incredible.

Write NOW! Celebrate the History & Art of Correspondence this Saturday at the National Postal Museum!

National Postal Museum
By Motoko Hioki, Public Programs Manager In anticipation of Veterans Day, please join us in honoring past and present military personnel by celebrating the history and art of correspondence at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. This rich history is on display in our exhibition “My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I,” which brings back to life the powerful and heartfelt letters between family, friends and service members during the war. In addition, we have planned many wonderful activities for children including a flag ceremony, a letter writing workshop, a family history booth, a poppy-making station, and guided gallery tours....

National Postal Museum Self-Guide

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Overview map of the museum with exhibit areas marked includes brief descriptions of exhibit areas, new displays, and highlighted treasures.

National Postal Museum Research Resources

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Links compiled by the National Postal Museum to aid research projects, such as past and upcoming symposiums and lectures, industry white papers, and finding guides for navigating the collections, Arago (the museum's research and education website), the museum library, online articles, articles from EnRoute newsletter, photographic archives, videos, topical reference pages, Smithsonian magazine, and external research links.

Postal Museum Opens “Behind the Badge” Exhibition

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The “Behind the Badge” exhibition opened today at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. It showcases the work of one of the nation’s oldest federal law-enforcement agencies. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service dates to 1776, when Benjamin Franklin first sent a surveyor to investigate the fledging nation’s mail routes for efficiency and security. While post offices, postal employees and mail are common sights across the country, Americans may not realize that behind each is a network of U.S. postal inspectors working to keep the mail safe and empowering consumers to protect themselves and prevent crimes. A special online version of the exhibit is available on the museum’s website.
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