Have you ever wondered how a museum exhibit is installed? Take a look behind the scenes at the National Postal Museum’s newest exhibition “Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks.” Once the objects and design is selected, the hands on work begins. In the following photographs, you will see museum staff and contractors install graphics, props and objects--thereby transforming our historic Postmaster Suite into an engaging space that evokes the look and feel of our parks.
The larger objects were handled by contractors from Brigid Mountmaking under the watchful eye of National Postal Museum preservation and collections staff.
Here, the team installs a cross-section of a Sequoia tree, on loan from the University of Arizona.
Exhibits Specialist Eric Chapman, along with Preservation Specialist Manda Kowalczyk and Conservator Linda Edquist, lift and place a large panel in an upright case. It takes a village to install a brand new exhibition!
Our Postmaster Suite Gallery is upstairs and our storage facilities and conservation lab are located in the basement of the museum. So how do you move objects to the gallery space? Sometimes we have to be creative. For example, this slightly-modified book cart was the perfect solution for transporting a mule mail riding saddle.
Here is our mule in its new home, representing the mail delivery process to the Supai Village deep within the Grand Canyon, a downward hike of 8 miles.
This overall view of the “Trailblazing...” exhibition in the Postmaster's Suite shows the results.
"Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks" will be open through spring of 2018 at the National Postal Museum. Come explore the rich history of the National Parks Service and learn about its many connections to the United States Postal Service--we've saved you a seat in our "lodge," right next to the fire!
"Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks" commemorates the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, which officially occurs on August 25th, 2016. Visit the National Park Service website for more information about special centennial events and programs at National Park Service sites across the country.