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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.


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