National Postal Museum's Department of Education & Visitor Services

National Postal Museum's Department of Education & Visitor Services The Education & Visitor Services Dept of the National Postal Museum is dedicated to promoting our nation's philatelic heritage to students of all ages.
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“Summer Road Trip” is a 40-page print activity guide that uses the vast collections and expertise of the Smithsonian to ...
06/30/2020
Smithsonian

“Summer Road Trip” is a 40-page print activity guide that uses the vast collections and expertise of the Smithsonian to take K–8 learners on a summer “road trip” of discovery, giving them an opportunity to author their own summer adventure. Through hands-on activities, puzzles, and games, students will explore topics in STEM, history, and the arts. The guide also features bilingual Spanish/English language content. Check it out at the link!

Packed with puzzles, games and at-home fun, our 40-page summer activity guide takes kids on an imaginary road trip through the Smithsonian. It's available today in select cities and on Smithsonian Education's Learning Lab in collaboration with USA TODAY. #SmithsonianEdu

03/12/2020

As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events through May 3. See si.edu/events for details. Museums and the National Zoo remain open at this time. We are monitoring the guidance of the CDC and local public health officials.

02/27/2019
Baseball and the Postal Service: Teaching Race and Gender through Two American Institutions

We're hosting a free webinar tomorrow - Thursday, February 28 - at 6 p.m. with the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access! Join staff from the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum as we introduce online resources related to our upcoming exhibition "Baseball: America’s Home Run."

These Smithsonian Learning Lab collections explore the intersection of baseball and the U.S. postal system through the lenses of race and gender. Webinar participants will receive a personalized introduction to the Smithsonian Learning Lab website, as well as a guided tour of the two Postal Museum online collections.

Resources were created for inclusion in fifth grade classrooms at D.C. public school teaching standards, but teachers and educators at all levels are welcome!

Join staff from the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum as they introduce online resources related to their upcoming exhibition, Baseball: America’s Home Ru...

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
01/28/2019

Smithsonian National Postal Museum

The National Postal Museum will reopen tomorrow - Tuesday, Jan. 29 - at 10AM! We look forward to seeing you!

Rural Free Delivery mailbox, 1915

01/26/2019
Smithsonian

Smithsonian

Pending passage of a continuing resolution to fund the government, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 29 at their regularly scheduled times.

01/02/2019
Smithsonian

Smithsonian

Due to the #GovernmentShutdown, Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are closed. We will update our operating status as soon as the situation is resolved. We do not plan to update social media other than to inform you of our operating status.

Smithsonian Gardens staff shared information about the meanings of garden plants. Surrounded by their chosen flowers, gu...
04/12/2018

Smithsonian Gardens staff shared information about the meanings of garden plants. Surrounded by their chosen flowers, guests could then take a selfie with hiden meaning.

Since today is National Librarian Day, we thought we would take a moment to encourage everyone to briefly reflect on all...
04/10/2018

Since today is National Librarian Day, we thought we would take a moment to encourage everyone to briefly reflect on all that our community helpers (i.e. librarians, police officers, teachers, garbage collectors, doctors, and of course, letter carriers) do each and every day. Because of their tireless service, we are all safer, healthier, and more productive.

If you would like to bring a group of young learners (preschool though kindergarten) to learn more through our Listen, Look & Do!: Community Helpers program, please visit www.postalmuseum.si.edu/education or contact our School Programs Coordinator at [email protected]

04/06/2018
US Postal Service

Have you seen the new STEM Education stamps for USPS?

The U.S. Postal Service’s newest stamps acknowledge the role science, technology, engineering and mathematics play in keeping America a global leader in innovation. STEM Education Forever stamps dedication during the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
#EducationStamps
#STEMEducation.

National Postal Museum's Department of Education & Visitor Services
03/31/2018

National Postal Museum's Department of Education & Visitor Services

Today is National Crayon Day, but we like to celebrate it year-round with our "Listen, Look & Do!: Colors and Shapes" school program. Visiting student groups read the hilarious book "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt (illustrated by Oliver Jeffers) before playing a game of "I Spy"--colors and shapes edition--in the museum.

For more information on our school programs, please visit www.postalmuseum.si.edu/education

Today is National Crayon Day, but we like to celebrate it year-round with our "Listen, Look & Do!: Colors and Shapes" sc...
03/31/2018

Today is National Crayon Day, but we like to celebrate it year-round with our "Listen, Look & Do!: Colors and Shapes" school program. Visiting student groups read the hilarious book "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt (illustrated by Oliver Jeffers) before playing a game of "I Spy"--colors and shapes edition--in the museum.

For more information on our school programs, please visit www.postalmuseum.si.edu/education

We know it's hard getting to the museum for all of our amazing educational opportunities, which is why we've developed a...
03/30/2018

We know it's hard getting to the museum for all of our amazing educational opportunities, which is why we've developed a Spotify playlist celebrating female musicians that have been on postage stamps. Enjoy!

USPS has recognized several influential and diverse female musicians with commemorative stamps over time. This Women’s History Month, Ren Cooper - Marketing Specialist at the National Postal Museum - has curated a playlist of songs recorded by female music icons who appear on U.S. stamps.

Which female musician would you wish to see on a postage stamp?

https://open.spotify.com/user/postalmuseum/playlist/1Cemg3mrj7VYDDWHueOSi4?si=bAMR4giYSrCjIbZpQUnmyA

Our next Family Fun Day is coming up soon! Are you planning on coming?
03/27/2018
KidFriendly DC

Our next Family Fun Day is coming up soon! Are you planning on coming?

Mark your calendars! On April 7 & 8, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum is celebrating spring with a Garden Party! All ages can enjoy activity stations throughout the museum that encourage awareness of the natural beauty surrounding us. You can also view the new “Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps," which along with the season, is the inspiration for this fun and educational program!

03/23/2018
US Postal Service

The Department of Education and Visitor Services is pleased to share the live stream of the US Postal Service's First Day of Issue Ceremony for the Mr. Roger's Stamp from where it all began 50 years ago — WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio in Pittsburgh.

#MisterRogersStamp

First-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Mister Rogers Forever stamp. 🚦🚋
https://www.usps.com/mrstamps
#MisterRogersStamp
Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was known as a beloved television neighbor to generations of children. His groundbreaking public television series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity and honesty.

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
03/21/2018

Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Due to the snowstorm, we are closed today. The Lunchtime Lecture will be be rescheduled for a later date TBD. Stay safe and warm!

The #NationalZoo and all other Smithsonian museums are also closed except for the National Museum of American History (@amhistorymuseum) and the National Museum of African American History and Culture (@nmaahc), which will open today at 10 am.

These "Geometric Snowflakes" were released by USPS on October 23, 2015.

Today marks what would have been the 90th birthday of Fred McNeely Rogers, better known as Mister Rogers. In recognition...
03/20/2018
U.S. Postal Service to Dedicate Mister Rogers Forever Stamp

Today marks what would have been the 90th birthday of Fred McNeely Rogers, better known as Mister Rogers. In recognition of his achievements over his 31 years as the host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" the United States Postal Service is issuing a stamp featuring Rogers and King Friday XIII this Friday, March 23. Make sure to like USPS on Facebook so you can watch the live stream of the First Day Issue Ceremony!
https://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2018/pr18_010.htm

Don't forget--you can see one of Rogers' sweaters (hand knit by his mother) currently on display at the National Museum of American History

First-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Mister Rogers Forever stamp. The event is free and open to the public. Please share the news using the hashtag #MisterRogersStamp.

03/19/2018
In Her Words: Home page

On this day in history, the US Navy issued a memo allowing for the recruitment of women for enlistment in the Navy Reserves (March 19, 1917).

This week's "Lunchtime Lecture" program feature Britta Granrud from the Women In Military Service For America Memorial (WIMSA). She will discuss our collaborative exhibition with WIMSA, "In Her Words: Women's Duty and Service in World War I," which features the story of Navy Reservist Ruth (Woodward) Creveling.

For more information on our "Lunchtime Lecture" series, please visit postalmuseum.si.edu/visit/calendar

Additional information about "In Her Words" can be found at https://postalmuseum.si.edu/In-Her-Words/index.html

'In Her Words' explores the collective World War I wartime experiences of American women.

While the rest of the country is celebrating National Pie Day, we here at NPM are ecstatic about National Potato Chip Da...
03/14/2018

While the rest of the country is celebrating National Pie Day, we here at NPM are ecstatic about National Potato Chip Day!

Did you know that during our "First Class Problem Solvers" school program, participants work in teams to design and build a container that will safely ship a potato chip using only the supplies seen in this picture. What package would you design?

For more information on all of our school programs, including "First Class Problem Solvers," please visit our website at https://postalmuseum.si.edu/education/

On March 10 & 11, 2018, the museum hosted the  US Postal Inspection Service and Mobile Ed Productions for our annual Wom...
03/12/2018

On March 10 & 11, 2018, the museum hosted the US Postal Inspection Service and Mobile Ed Productions for our annual Women's History Month Family Day. Visitors were encouraged to explore the museum, examine numerous activity stations, and listen to guest speakers--all while learning about historic women! Girl Scouts were even able to earn up to two badges for the day. Thanks to all who came and made the day so enjoyable!

On March 10 & 11, 2018, the museum hosted the US Postal Inspection Service and Mobile Ed Productions for our annual Women's History Month Family Day. Visitors were encouraged to explore the museum, examine numerous activity stations, and listen to guest speakers--all while learning about historic women! Girl Scouts were even able to earn up to two badges for the day. Thanks to all who came and made the day so enjoyable!

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
03/09/2018

Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Join us this weekend for our Women’s History Month Family Day – Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Partake in fun activities all about the various postal roles typically held by women over the last two centuries and get to know the stories of pioneers who broke the mold, such as Mary Katherine Goddard. Goddard was the first female Postmaster in colonial America and served in the role from 1775-1789 in Baltimore.

Not only was she in charge of a post office serving a major commercial city, but was also an accomplished printer and publisher. Goddard successfully published her brother’s newspaper, The Maryland Journal, from 1774 to 1784. Recognizing the excellence of her paper, Congress granted Goddard the honor of publishing the first copy of the Declaration of Independence with all the signatories listed, in 1777.

Original almanac from the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.

If you aren't already familiar with KidFriendly DC and the great event listings they have for the DC area, we highly rec...
03/07/2018
KidFriendly DC

If you aren't already familiar with KidFriendly DC and the great event listings they have for the DC area, we highly recommend you take a look. Speaking of great event listings they have, did anyone else catch their mention of our upcoming Women's History Month Family Day this weekend (March 10 and 11)?

This Saturday & Sunday, March 10-11, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum is celebrating Women's History Month with a special Family Program for all ages!

03/02/2018
National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History

All Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will be closed today, March 2, due to the dangerous weather conditions in Washington, D.C. Please stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you when we reopen.

Today is National Tell a Fairy Tale Day, which gives us the perfect excuse to highlight one of our facilitated school pr...
02/26/2018
Guided Experience for Your Students

Today is National Tell a Fairy Tale Day, which gives us the perfect excuse to highlight one of our facilitated school programs!

Each of our nine "Listen, Look & Do!" programs combine story time (listen), museum exploration (look) and hands-on activities (do) for preK and K learners. In "LLD!: Fairy Tales," students learn the basic rules of fairy tale composition, while reading about the queen of Fairy Tale Land and her distraught subjects. After highlighting a few museum objects, students use their new knowledge to write and act out their very own fairy tale staring Crabby Crab and other fish from Coral Kingdom.

For more information, or to make a reservation, visit https://postalmuseum.si.edu/education/school-field-trips/guided-experience/index.html

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately.

In 1926, the Girls Scouts announced the creation of World Thinking Day to be held every February 22 thereafter. In memor...
02/22/2018
Women’s History Month Family Day

In 1926, the Girls Scouts announced the creation of World Thinking Day to be held every February 22 thereafter. In memory of Scouts and Guiding founders Robert Baden-Powell and Lady Olave Baden-Powell, who were both born on February 22nd, each World Thinking Day scouts are challenged to think about their "sisters" and "brothers" around the world, the meaning of Guiding, and its impact globally.

Speaking of scouts, on March 10th and 11th, we are hosting Women's History Month Family Day, where Girl Scouts can earn their "Playing the Past" and "Detective" badges. For more information, visit our website https://postalmuseum.si.edu/visit/Womens-History-Month-Family-Day.html

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately.

02/21/2018
Nat'l Card Reading Day

It's National Card Reading Day--were you prepared? Don't get caught off guard next year; we have card-making workshops every February and December!

The Pitch Pipe Foundation put on an amazing show last week! Thanks to all that came out on Valentine's Day to make the e...
02/20/2018

The Pitch Pipe Foundation put on an amazing show last week! Thanks to all that came out on Valentine's Day to make the event so special ❤️❤️❤️

A very big thank you to Ms. Clark, Mr Green, Ms. Mitchell & Mr Swan from #VoluntaryServices in DC and Ms. Hioki & Mr. White from History after Hours at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, Wendy Case, Jennifer Heemstra & Operation Gratitude for your time, energy and support in making these events a success!

Just a quick reminder that Monday's Story Time and Play Corner are cancelled in honor of President's Day. Both programs ...
02/16/2018

Just a quick reminder that Monday's Story Time and Play Corner are cancelled in honor of President's Day. Both programs will return on Monday, February 26. Additional Information, including program times, can be found on our online events calendar. https://postalmuseum.si.edu/visit/calendar.html

It may still be cold outside, but we here at NPM are already thinking of sunshine and warm weather because it's summer i...
02/14/2018
Internship Opportunities

It may still be cold outside, but we here at NPM are already thinking of sunshine and warm weather because it's summer internship planning season!

If you're looking for an opportunity to explore a career in the museum world, make sure to visit our website for more information on the application process. https://postalmuseum.si.edu/get-involved/internships.html

The Smithsonian's Office of Internships and Fellowships have additional opportunities, as well, including the Claudine K. Brown Internship in Education, which offers a stipend to the selected student. https://www.smithsonianofi.com/claudine-k-brown-internship-in-education/

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately.

National Postal Museum's Department of Education & Visitor Services
02/13/2018
National Postal Museum's Department of Education & Visitor Services

National Postal Museum's Department of Education & Visitor Services

This week we recognize our service men and women through National Salute to Veterans Week. Created by the US Department of Veterans Affairs in 1977, the National Salute occurs each year around Valentine's Day, when the suicide rate among veterans with PTSD sadly skyrockets.

In partnership with Operation Gratitude and the Pitch Pipe Foundation, the National Postal Museum is hosting a free evening concert and letter writing campaign on Wednesday, February 14th. The program will include Debussy's "Sonata for Violin and Piano," Beethoven's "Violin Sonata No. 1 Opus 12," Mozart's "Sonata for Piano and Violin in E minor," and popular favorites from George Gershwin and Cole Porter.

For more information, or to register for this powerful event, please visit our website (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-after-hours-presents-valentines-salute-to-our-veterans-tickets-42762452647)

This week we recognize our service men and women through National Salute to Veterans Week. Created by the US Department ...
02/12/2018
HISTORY AFTER HOURS presents: Valentine's Salute to Our Veterans

This week we recognize our service men and women through National Salute to Veterans Week. Created by the US Department of Veterans Affairs in 1977, the National Salute occurs each year around Valentine's Day, when the suicide rate among veterans with PTSD sadly skyrockets.

In partnership with Operation Gratitude and the Pitch Pipe Foundation, the National Postal Museum is hosting a free evening concert and letter writing campaign on Wednesday, February 14th. The program will include Debussy's "Sonata for Violin and Piano," Beethoven's "Violin Sonata No. 1 Opus 12," Mozart's "Sonata for Piano and Violin in E minor," and popular favorites from George Gershwin and Cole Porter.

For more information, or to register for this powerful event, please visit our website (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-after-hours-presents-valentines-salute-to-our-veterans-tickets-42762452647)

Join us for a free evening concert this Valentine’s Day to reflect upon the many forms of love—such as appreciation, respect, longing—all evidenced by National Salute Week. Created by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 1977, National Salute Week occurs each year around Valentine’s Da...

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You think we had fun last night? Came back tomorrow for another day of Postal Museum goodness. Tomorrow we are joined by the lovely, the talented, my friend and colleague, Heather Paisley-Jones from the National Museum of American History.