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Binding the Nation

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. 


photo of the Starting the System exhibit in the museum

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 variety of newspapers on display in the museum

The Post and the Press

Explores the connection between the open flow of information and securing a democracy.


a photo of two people by a lake

The Expanding Nation

Demonstrates how the postal service used waterways and ocean vessels to ensure mail service to individuals as the nation's boundaries grew.


model stagecoach on display

Moving West

Illustrates the importance of mail to the growing frontier populations and explains how the postal service contracted with stagecoach lines to move the mail across the frontier.


illustration of a man on a horse

The Pony Express

Looks at the legend and the reality of one of America's most famous mail delivery services.


The exhibit below, once part of Binding the Nation, is no longer on display in the museum. It is still available online. Click on the topic title below to learn more about it.

photo of three soldiers gathered in front of a horse and wagon

A Nation Divided

Examines the role of the postal service during the Civil War. Although the exhibit is not currently on display in the Museum, selected portions of the exhibit are still available online.