George Washington envisioned a nation bound together by a system of post roads and post offices. Starting the System documents America's increasing need for a mail system to ensure the free flow of information between citizens and their government.
A short video about the Binding the Nation exhibit at the National Postal Museum.
Narrator: Mail hasn't always crisscrossed the country by trucks and planes.
The museum's exhibition, Binding the Nation, tells the account through letters and routes of how Americans secured communication across the continent in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Mails continued pace through wooded paths and eventually roads connected colonial settlements more closely to each other than the European powers that ruled them from afar.
The exhibition retells the transportation innovations and human endeavors that overcame numerous communication challenges as the U.S. gained more territory across the continent.
Plan a visit to the National Postal Museum today.