March is Women’s History Month, and the National Postal Museum is celebrating with its annual Women’s History Month Family Day! This Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, all ages are welcome to enjoy the event that highlights extraordinary women from the past to present and reflects upon their meaningful contributions through special programs and hands-on activities.
In a fun and engaging setting, discover the various postal roles typically held by women over the last two centuries and get to know the stories of pioneers who broke the mold, such as the first female postmaster, Mary Katherine Goddard.
Guests can explore the museum on a scavenger hunt as they locate relevant objects and exhibitions and stop at activity stations scattered throughout the galleries. Upon successful completion, they can take home a National Postal Museum airplane in the spirit of trailblazing pilot Amelia Earhart. In addition, through their participation in the scavenger hunt, Girl Scouts have the opportunity to earn their “Playing the Past” and “Detective” badges.
More event activities include:
Behind the Badge with USPS Postal Inspectors: The National Postal Museum proudly welcomes female representatives from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; visitors will hear about the responsibilities of the job and familiarize themselves with bulletproof vests, walkie-talkies, and other equipment.
Dead Letter Office Challenge: Try to make sense of actual examples of “dead letters” and decipher the undecipherable in this popular game.
Historic Printing Press Demonstrations: Watch a demonstration of how stamps were produced on a 19th century printing press, print your own postcard, and learn about the challenges of the job.
Meet Amelia Earhart and Friends: “Amelia Earhart” will be onsite to regale crowds with tales of her fascinating life and accomplishments. “Amelia” will also turn into many other renowned women throughout history, such as Clara Barton, Florence Nightingale, Marie Curie, and Harriet Tubman.
Story Time: Join interactive readings of Pam Muñoz Ryan’s delightful book, “Eleanor and Amelia Go for a Ride,” which chronicles the real-life friendship of Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt, both legendary women in their own right.
Women In Military Service Meet and Greet: In conjunction with the museum’s newest exhibition, “In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I,“ members of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation discuss the lives of the four women featured in the exhibition, and read heartfelt letters from over 100 years ago.
Women’s History Month Family Day
Where: National Postal Museum
Location: 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, WDC
When: March 10-11, 11am – 4pm