Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum Launches New Virtual Exhibition

Complete Collection of U.S. Postage Stamps Honoring Hispanic Heritage Now Online
Press Release

The National Postal Museum’s new virtual exhibition, “Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: People, Places and Events on Stamps,” is now available for viewing on the museum’s website.

The exhibition showcases the diversity and cultural significance of Hispanic communities in the United States through the medium of postage stamps. It features every U.S. Postal Service-issued stamp commemorating Hispanic communities’ contributions to American culture, including this year’s latest “Art of the Skateboard” and “Piñatas!” stamps. Detailed descriptions give insights into the rich cultural traditions of these celebrated communities.

“We are thrilled to share this new virtual exhibition with the public during Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Daniel Piazza, chief curator of the National Postal Museum. “We hope that visitors to this virtual exhibition come away with an appreciation for the diverse experiences of these communities in the United States.”

Hispanics are the second largest and fastest-growing ethnicity in the United States, with a long and complex heritage dating back to the earliest days of European exploration. The experiences of Hispanic Americans have been shaped by political and economic factors, including outbreaks of violence against them and discriminatory government policies. Despite these challenges, Hispanic Americans have formed strong communities in the United States and enrich American society in areas such as science, technology, the arts and more.

About the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum

The National Postal Museum is devoted to presenting the colorful and engaging history of the nation’s mail service and showcasing one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of stamps and philatelic material in the world. It is located at 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., Washington, D.C., across from Union Station. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed December 25). For more information about the Smithsonian, call (202) 633-1000.

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The stamp depicts several Hispanic men and women in uniform representing each branch of the military. A young boy and girl appear in the background as symbols of a promising future.
Hispanic Americans stamp, 1984

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stamp with Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, with a ship on water and a map in the background
Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo stamp, 1992

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stamp featuring music Icon Lydia Mendoza holding a guitar
Music Icons: Lydia Mendoza stamp, 2013

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Ted Williams swing a baseball bat
Major League Baseball All-Stars: Ted Williams stamp, 2012

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Day of the Dead stamp with a boy's skull, candles, and marigold flowers
Day of the Dead: Boy's Skull stamp, 2021

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