Mail, Myth and Reality (for Educators)

Virtual Exhibit

Created by Sharon Deane, Education Intern

refer to caption
Pony Express envelope

The Pony Express carried mail in relay fashion across the American West in the 1860s. This Pony Express envelope is a primary source because it is an original document from the 1800s. What makes it a primary source besides the date? (Look at the stamps and handwriting to help you).

Remember, primary sources are objects and first-hand accounts created by witnesses who lived during the time of the event in history. Secondary sources are objects from a later time period and second-hand accounts by individuals who did not witness or experience the events as they have recorded.