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“Don’t Forget to Write Home” banner in a reading and writing room, 1918.
Courtesy National Archives
“Don’t Forget to Write Home” banner in a reading and writing room, 1918.
Courtesy National Archives


  CLICK HERE to check the current calendar for tours, talks, and public programs.


2017

Exhibition Opening Event
Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Level 1 Atrium, National Postal Museum

An evening event with dramatic readings of original letters, remarks by the curator of the exhibition, and live band featuring selections of popular and patriotic music from the 1910s. This event is sponsored by Chapman University Leatherby Libraries.

Free, tickets required.


Facebook Live Chat on the World War I Social Media Day
Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Online – National Postal Museum on Facebook

Facebook Live Chat: Censorship and the Mail during World War I; with postal history curator Lynn Heidelbaugh
More information: http://s.si.edu/WW1APRIL11
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Free, tickets not required.


Lunchtime Lecture
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Location: Byrne Education Loft Overlook (Mezzanine Level), National Postal Museum

“The Woodrow Wilson Presidency Through the Lens of the Post Office”
A talk by Robert Enholm, Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

Free, tickets not required.


Write NOW!: Celebrate the History and Art of Correspondence
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Throughout the museum, National Postal Museum

Try your hand at using different writing instruments to make your letters for someone special. Have a card or a letter from someone special, and want to keep it forever? Learn about simple preservations steps for storing and protecting documents that you care about. Explore the special exhibition My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I on a guided tour featuring the enduring legacy of the correspondence.
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Free, tickets not required.


Facebook Live Chat #WW1 Stories
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Location: Online – National Postal Museum on Facebook

Facebook Live Chat: Mobilizing the Mail and Learning to Write Letters; with postal history curator Lynn Heidelbaugh
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Free, tickets not required.


Lunchtime Lecture
Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Location: Byrne Education Loft Overlook (Mezzanine Level), National Postal Museum

“Letters from World War I: Uncovering Firsthand Accounts of Love, Longing, and Loss”
A talk by Lynn Heidelbaugh, Curator of Postal History at the National Postal Museum
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Free, tickets not required.


2018

Lunchtime Lecture
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Location: Byrne Education Loft Overlook (Mezzanine Level), National Postal Museum

As we celebrate the Women's History Month, we are delighted to host Britta K. Granrud, curator of collections of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation Inc. as a guest lecturer. She will speak about the history of the service of women in WWI and provide background on the Women In Military Service For America Memorial. This lecture is in conjunction with the In Her Words: Women's Duty and Service in World War I exhibition that was developed jointly by the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum and the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation.
More information: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/In-Her-Words

Free, tickets not required.


Wine and Design: Create Patriotic Stationery Kit
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Byrne Education Loft Idea Lab, National Postal Museum

Kick back after a hard day of work with complimentary wine or beer and leave with a unique mail-related product. Inspired by the museum’s My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I exhibition, participants will create patriotic (be creative in interpreting this word!) stationery kit including handmade envelopes in celebration of the upcoming Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day.

$11.50/ticket. Tickets available on the museum website and at the door.


History After Hours
Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Discovery Center, Atrium Level, National Postal Museum

“Slow Motion Romance: The Transatlantic Love Story of Mae and Eliga Dees”
A talk by Andrew J. Huebner, Associate Professor of History, University of Alabama
Americans of the Great War era often heard the tale of their nation’s intervention told as a love story. Fighting offered romance, and not just on the battlefield. It promised to stir “khaki-mad” passions in young women, bolster the romantic credibility of the doughboy, and cultivate national chivalric virtue. But this war story quickly crashed into the reality of experience. The daily lives of the Missourians Mae and Eliga Dees—visible through a full set of letters between the two while Eliga was fighting in Europe—suggests a different tale of war, one obscured by the passage of time and the romantic tones of American wartime culture. The My Fellow Soldiers exhibition has included a letter written by Mae Dees for her husband Eliga.

Dr. Huebner is the author of Love and Death in the Great War (Oxford University Press, 2018). A book signing will follow the talk and the publication will be available for purchase at the Museum Store.
Doors open to the public at 6:00 pm. The talk starts at 6:20 pm.

Free, tickets required (please check back for RSVP website).


Tenth Annual Postal History Symposium: WWI and Its Immediate Aftermath
Date: Thursday-Friday, November 1-2, 2018
Time: All day
Location: National Postal Museum

More information: Symposiums and Lectures

Free, advance registration required: Blount Symposium 2018


#StoriesOfService
Date: Friday, November 9, 2018
Location: Online
Cost: Free

This Veteran’s Day marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. The National Postal Museum will participate in the Stories of Service Social Media Day and invites you to join us as we explore philanthropy history during World War I with history and cultural institutions across the country.

Letter writing activities were popular morale and recreation services provided by the many social welfare organizations that worked to support military personnel during World War I. Charities ran facilities for rest, recreation, reading, and writing, and distributed stationery freely to military personnel to encourage them to write home. These organizations used postcards, envelopes, and paper as important instruments of propaganda and as part of their morale-boosting efforts.

Check in on Facebook (Smithsonian National Postal Museum), Twitter (@PostalMuseum), Instagram (@nationalpostalmuseum) or use the hashtag #StoriesofService to share wartime history and discover new perspectives on World War I.


Remembering World War I
Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018
Time: 10am – 5:30pm
Venue: National Museum of American History
Location: Throughout Museum
Cost: Free

Join staff from the National Postal Museum, as well as staff from other Smithsonian museums and area heritage sites and organizations, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History as we commemorate the Centennial of Armistice Day. One hundred years ago today the most terrible war the world had ever known came to an end. Join us for a daylong commemoration of the event that thrust America onto the global stage and shaped the world we live in today. Rarely seen objects out of storage, lightning talks, temporary exhibits, uniformed re-enactors, hands-on activities, movies and an 11:00 a.m. ceremony marking the moment the guns fell silent.

The National Postal Museum will be at NMAH to share in the recognition of this historic event with activities and a "lightening talk" related to the logistics of providing mail service to GI's at the front, military censorship, and the technology of letter writing.

The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all abilities. Request for accessibility services can be made by phone at 202-633-3150 or by email at nmahprograms@si.edu.

National Museum of American History landing page:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/topics/world-war-i/pages/remembering-world-war-i


Lunchtime Lecture Series:
The Mail Must Go Through: Working Military Mail Since WW1

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time: 12:00pm – 12:45pm Venue: Postal Museum
Location: Byrne Education Loft - Overlook
Webcaste: www.facebook.com…
Cost: Free

Join us for a lunchtime lecture with Lynn Heidelbaugh, National Postal Museum curator, discussing how mail for deployed military personnel continues to be shaped by lessons learned during World War I.Mail for deployed military personnel continues to be shaped by the lessons learned during WW1. An entirely new way to manage handling and transporting mail for US forces overseas came about on May 9, 1918, when the US Army reorganized mail operations for the American Expeditionary Forces. Today, the postal service and military use similar techniques to coordinate efforts and meet the challenges of moving millions of letters and care packages to members of the armed forces. The discussion will include the US Army Signal Corps’ silent film, “Mail and Courier Service Activities in the A.E.F., 1917-1919,” which is viewable through the National Archives at catalog.archives.gov… (with text description available). The talk is followed by a Q&A session. Coffee and desserts will be provided.


History After Hours presents:
“My Fellow Soldiers,” a talk by Andrew Carroll, Director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Time: 6 – 8pm
Venue: Postal Museum
Location: Discovery Center
Cost: Admission is free, but registration is required.

Join us for an evening with Andrew Carroll, Director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University, for a discussion of his book, My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War. The National Postal Museum and Mr. Carroll collaborated on the museum’s exhibition, which features several letters from the Chapman University’s archives. Mr. Carroll will share several letters from Chapman University's archives for visitors to see up close and speak about his efforts to find and save letters from every war in U.S. history. Since 1998, he has traveled to all 50 states and more than 40 countries around the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan, to find and preserve the greatest war correspondences ever written.

A book signing will follow the talk and My Fellow Soldiers (Penguin Random House, 2017) will be available for purchase at the Museum Store.

Doors open to the public at 6:00 pm; complimentary bar and light refreshments provided. The talk starts at 6:20 pm.

Registration:
https://www.eventbrite.com