Hispanic Americans in the Postal Service and Philately

Topical Reference Page
2 cent stamp with the face of John Philip Sousa

2-cent John Philip Sousa stamp, issued May 3, 1940. Sousa (1854-1932) was director of the Marine Band from 1880 to 1892. He wrote more than 100 marches, including "Semper Fidelis", "The Washington Post March", "El Capitan", and the most popular, "The Stars and Stripes Forever".

Since the first Spanish explorers and settlers landed in the Americas, Hispanic and Latino people have shaped the history and culture of the United States. Today, Hispanic and Latino people continue to demonstrate excellence in many areas including politics, public service, music, film, sports, business, science, and the military. The National Postal Museum is proud to recognize the significant contributions of these people and related events through various online exhibitions.

Desde que los primeros exploradores y colonos españoles desembarcaron en las Américas, los hispanos y los latinos han dado forma a la historia y a la cultura de los Estados Unidos y de América Latina. En la actualidad, los hispanos y los latinos continúan demostrando excelencia en muchas áreas, como la política, el servicio público, la música, el cine, los deportes, los negocios, la ciencia, y el servicio militar. El Museo Postal Nacional se enorgullece de reconocer las importantes contribuciones de estos pueblos y eventos relacionados a través de varias exposiciones en línea.

Four Day of the Dead stamps featuring illustrations of sugar skulls and flowers
Join educators from the National Postal Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian for a book read-aloud and an exploration of the imagery and traditions of the Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead | Día de los Muertos.
two Mariachi stamps
Join educators from the National Postal Museum and the National Museum of the American Latino for an exploration of Mexican mariachi music with a children’s book, museum objects, and postage stamps.
postage stamp featuring Roberto Clemente ready to swing a baseball bat
Join educators from the National Postal Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service for an exploration of the life and legacy of baseball great Roberto Clemente.
Ellen Ocha posing for a photo wearing a space suit
The National Postal Museum is pleased to present a Story Time collaboration with the National Air and Space Museum. This video offers a brief history of astronaut Ellen Ochoa, who was the first woman of Hispanic descent to travel to space.
Exhibition

Exploring Cuba's History Through Postage Stamps
Explore Cuba's postal and aviation history in an ongoing research and exhibition effort to study and bring to the public an important research resource for the cultural history of Cuba, the Roberto Pichs collection of Cuban postage stamps.

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Lectures

U.S. Military Mail During the War with Spain - 1898

The 17th Maynard Sundman Lecture with Yamil Kouri Jr.
Cuba's War of Independence against Spain started in 1895. After more than three years of fighting neither side had a clear advantage. The United States’ involvement in this conflict in April 1898 against Spain had a decisive impact. After a few land and naval engagements, Spain capitulated in August 1898. Although brief, this conflict produced a rich and varied postal history legacy. The presentation described some of the fascinating aspects of this conflict that resulted in major global consequences for the United States.