By Lauren Maloy, Public Programs Manager
The holidays may be over, and a new year begun, but the National Postal Museum’s Education staff are still basking in the glow of an extremely successful Holiday Card Workshop, which took place on December 7th and 8th. This program is a beloved annual event that has grown over the years into something truly special. When the card workshop began over a decade ago, participants numbered in the enthusiastic hundreds. The 2019 event brought over 4,800 visitors through the National Postal Museum’s doors. However, the quantity of visitation has not decreased the quality of this program, as the museum’s staff put hours of thought and preparation into this event to ensure a smooth experience for all. This program appeals to every ability level as beginners and experienced crafters alike attend to make homemade cards for their loved ones.
It’s impossible to do this event description justice with words alone, so please enjoy some of our favorite images from this year’s program.
A bustling Saturday morning and beginning of the event...
Want some guidance? Museum staff put together “Inspiration Boards” for each card-making event to show you exactly what supplies you’ll need to make beautiful cards.
Scott, the National Postal Museum's Conservator, assists visitors with the embossing machine.
Visitors carefully select supplies.
The serious business of making cards.
A happy crafter full of holiday cheer.
A thoughtful message and piece of postal art.
We invite you to make your own handmade creations at the museum’s equally popular Valentine’s Day Card Workshop on Saturday, February 8th and Sunday, February 9th from 10 am to 4 pm on both days. This event, like our Holiday Card Workshop, is completely free and requires no advance registration. Mark your calendars to attend this bustling, joyful public program with your friends and family in February.
If you prefer a quieter crafting environment, please also take note that attendees of our February Wine & Design can make as many valentines as they please – within a two-hour time frame, of course. This smaller program takes place on Thursday, February 13th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Pre-registration online is encouraged ($15), and at-the-door tickets are $20 (cash only). Find out more about our Wine & Design program here: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/education/wine-and-design/index.html