Sunday, May 1, 2011

National Postal Museum




Mr. B & I had a weekend jaunt to Washington, D.C. this weekend for a few festivities in our nation's capital. And a few hours to kill after arriving at Union Station, when found that we couldn't get a train right away. Did you know that across the street from Union Station is the National Postal Museum? Me, neither!

{this picture from Family Adventure Guidbooks.com because I forgot to take one myself.}

I've talked here before about the importance of writing in this day & age, especially with all of the electronic communicating we're doing, but going to the National Postal Museum (a part of the Smithsonian, btw) shed a new light on what written communication used to mean. Letters between every day citizens of America paint a picture about life through the ages. This may put a few of you to sleep, but anyone who has found a box of their parents' or grandparents' letter in an attic or basement knows how exciting these kinds of things can be.

Fortunately you don't have to go all the way to DC to learn about these!! Lots of the Postal Museums exhibit information is online! Check it out the museum itself here. And the letter writing exhibit here.

So, who has letters in an attic or basement somewhere? Who knows what they hold!

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