US Postal Service Museum

US Postal Service Museum The United States Postal Service Museum is the second largest Postal Service museum in the U.S., second in size only to the National Postal Museum.
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Hours: Open by Appointment. Admission: $5.00 (Group rates on request). Curator: Michael Schragg Housed in a 1932 Works Progress Administration post office building, this museum building is an architectural gem. Collecting for this museum began in 1987, and has grown into the second largest Postal Service Museum in the country. As you wander through the six rooms of the museum, you will experience two centuries of postal history, including: * Old post office window units and lock boxes * Early 1900s horse-drawn mail buggies * Inner-workings of a railway mail car * The first postage stamp and earlier stamps * V-mail (WWII letters) * A 1931 Model A mail truck * Photographs of ancestors who pioneered mail delivery

09/06/2019

Join us this Saturday and Sunday for the Marshall Home Tour, the museum will be open from 9-5 Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday! Come see the change!

Postal Museum at the National Rural Letter Carriers Convention in Grand Rapids Mi.
09/16/2018

Postal Museum at the National Rural Letter Carriers Convention in Grand Rapids Mi.

Postal Museum at the National Rural Letter Carriers Convention in Grand Rapids Mi.

06/19/2018

The curator of the museum will be having surgery soon so if you try to schedule in advance we might be able to work something out, as usual we will be open the weekend after Labor Day for the annual Marshall home tour!

The museum will be open May 19 come and visit our new treasures!
05/12/2018

The museum will be open May 19 come and visit our new treasures!

Marshall postal museum had another wonderful group of visitors and tour guides, thank you to all!
09/11/2017

Marshall postal museum had another wonderful group of visitors and tour guides, thank you to all!

08/23/2017

The museum will be open for the Marshall Hometour weekend September 9 & 10 from 9-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday! Come enjoy this busy weekend in Marshall!

Great Memorial Day parade! 2017
06/08/2017

Great Memorial Day parade! 2017

Wishing a happy retirement to Rose Hickey , she retired with 37 years of hard work and dedication of serving the people ...
05/09/2017

Wishing a happy retirement to Rose Hickey , she retired with 37 years of hard work and dedication of serving the people of Marshall! Enjoy!

So happy to share the museum with Gale and Anne Mack today! They came to see a piece of their fathers equipment that is ...
04/06/2017

So happy to share the museum with Gale and Anne Mack today! They came to see a piece of their fathers equipment that is in our rural section. She remembers her father sewing the canvas sorting case! His name was Martin Denton from Snover Michigan.

M live is coming to visit the postal museum today! Marshall museums will be featured soon!
04/04/2017

M live is coming to visit the postal museum today! Marshall museums will be featured soon!

10/06/2016

The postal museum will be on the road this weekend October 7 in Indianapolis!

Another successful Marshall Home Tour, with help from our youngest volunteers! 2016!
09/12/2016

Another successful Marshall Home Tour, with help from our youngest volunteers! 2016!

Sophia and McKenna having fun riding with grandpa Mike in the marshall parade!
06/01/2016

Sophia and McKenna having fun riding with grandpa Mike in the marshall parade!

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!
05/30/2016

Happy Memorial Day!

New finds for the postal museum!
05/21/2016

New finds for the postal museum!

05/20/2016

The Museum will be open Saturday May 21 from 10am to 4pm for tourism weekend in Michigan, all are welcome!

A new addition in progress, coming soon!
12/23/2015

A new addition in progress, coming soon!

Snoopy and his friends are visiting the post office in Marshall this holiday season!
12/07/2015

Snoopy and his friends are visiting the post office in Marshall this holiday season!

US Postal Service Museum's cover photo
11/20/2015

US Postal Service Museum's cover photo

Special delivery in Marshall for the Halloween season!
10/19/2015

Special delivery in Marshall for the Halloween season!

Art work by Retired Rural Carrier, Edith Smith from Marshall MI
09/25/2015

Art work by Retired Rural Carrier, Edith Smith from Marshall MI

US Postal Service Museum's cover photo
09/25/2015

US Postal Service Museum's cover photo

09/13/2015

Open this weekend September 12 &13 for the Marshall home tour!

Calhoun county plat map from 1858 on display this weekend September 12 &13 from Greg Allen
09/13/2015

Calhoun county plat map from 1858 on display this weekend September 12 &13 from Greg Allen

Some elevated shots of the StampShow which our museum participated in this weekend in Grand Rapids.  The show had severa...
08/24/2015

Some elevated shots of the StampShow which our museum participated in this weekend in Grand Rapids. The show had several thousand visitors!

A good sized show

The Marshall postal museum on display at the American philatelic society stamps how, come visit till Sunday!
08/20/2015

The Marshall postal museum on display at the American philatelic society stamps how, come visit till Sunday!

Museum Photos
07/02/2015

Museum Photos

US Postal Service Museum's cover photo
07/02/2015

US Postal Service Museum's cover photo

US Postal Service Museum
07/02/2015

US Postal Service Museum

US Postal Service Museum
07/02/2015

US Postal Service Museum

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202 E Michigan Ave
Marshall, MI
49068

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Honor Through a Stamp: The story of the US Freedom of the Press Stamp of 1958. The contrast in honor and respect for the press in 1958 and the current treatment is dramatically demonstrated in this speech that I transcribed below. If you have a moment to read this ceremonial speech, it is a current and historic eye-opener. A GOOD ONE. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ September 22, 1958, US Post Office Department, Columbia, Missouri: Talk by L. Rohe Walter, Special Assistant to the Postmaster General, Journalism and Freedom of the Press Stamp Ceremony “Today the post office salutes the proud profession of journalism by dedicating a commemorative stamp to a basic American right---our American free press and to the Missouri institution which helped to safe guard it for 50 years. We do so at a time when the need for information, enlightenment and leadership has never been greater. We do so at a time when those Americans dedicated to the dissemination of news face not only a golden opportunity, but an awesome responsibility, to help secure peace, preserve human dignity and strengthen cooperation between freedom-loving peoples. The Post Office Department is pleased that this significant ceremony is being held here in Columbus, Missouri, on the 50th anniversary of the founding o the world’s first School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. As sponsors of the ten-month long series of national events honoring the American press for its vital contributions to the global struggle to maintain a free society, the University of Missouri is paying a well deserved tribute to the School of Journalism. The objectives of the Golden Anniversary observance, with its theme of “A Stronger Free Press For A Better Free World,” will undoubtedly win increasing recognition and understanding – and thereby higher regard- for public communications as a public servant. The outstanding newspapermen and professional journalism societies and organizations participating in this and other Golden Anniversary events are all familiar with the pioneering achievements of Dean Walter Williams, the founder of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. His beliefs, so well expressed in “The Journalist’s Creed,” are the standards reflecting the highest aspirations of those who gather and interpret the news. Only when ideas can be freely translated into letters, newspapers, books and other printed matter do the words “Freedom of Speech” become truly meaningful. And then, by the safest, speediest, and most economical way, they must reach everyone who should know and understand the issues of the day if they are to defend the liberties of a free press and an uncensored postal service. A free press and an uncensored postal system are the anathema to the dictators and tyranny cannot exist with them, for “When the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.” This apt observation, true when it was made by Thomas Jefferson, is even more significant in today’s turbulent times when the need to know is more necessary for successful survival then ever before. One of the world’s great journalists, Joseph Pulitzer, summed it up succinctly when he said, “Our Republic and it’s press will rise or fall together.” The destinies of the American press and the American postal service have always been closely connected and are tow of our most treasured possessions. Both have contributed substance to the American idea of freedom of expression. Great newsmen dn great citizens, like John Peter Zenger and many others, have helped make this ideal a reality. In Colonial days when Benjamin Franklin, our first Continental Postmaster General – and quite a newspaperman himself – became the postmaster at Philadelphia, the American mails were opened to all newspapers instead of those only favorable to the government. Since then there have been many beneficial postal laws and regulations which have aided in the development of the American press as the greatest instrument of freedom in the history of the world. The Post Office Department proudly helped carry newspapers across the nation in early overland mail routes a hundred years ago. The Department’s letter carriers aided in the development of penny newspapers in the last century, and it participated in the growth of our newspapers as their circulations reached out increasingly from the larger centers, and as their mounting advertising messages helped bring about the economic changes which have meant more of the good things of life for all of our people. Currently the Post Office Department carries close to three billion copies of newspapers a year in the furtherance of its traditional position as handmaiden to the nation’s free press. This new stamp is in that same tradition. It’s distinctive design, emphasizes a hand holding an old-fashioned quill pen, a stylization of hand printing press and horizontal and vertical bars suggesting type bearers, is the work of the noted artists and designers, Lester Beall and Charles Goslin. The official pictorial cancellation being used on all first class letters mailed today in Columbia, bearing the new 4-cent Freedom of the Press Stamp, features the historical columns of the University of Missouri, and is an added interpretation of the meaning of the stamp. One hundred and twenty million of these stamps have been skillfully produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. After their First Day sale here today in Columbia, Missouri, they will be available in the post offices throughout the United States. We believe their widespread use will focus attention on the importance of the freedom of the press and the great contributions made to America’s welfare by journalists. It is now my pleasure to present albums of these Freedom of the Press stamps to a group of distinguished Americans. (The END)" "Today the Leaster Beall and Charles Goslin, designers. U.S. 4 cent postage, 1958. http://library.rit.edu/cary/exhibitions/lester-beall-designer-freedom-press-stamp
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