Precious as Gold
An examination of the Klondike/Alaskan gold rush of 1896-1898 as well as the struggles of the United States Post Office Department to ensure that stampeders could maintain contact with the outside world.
Mahem by Mail
Visitors are invited to explore crime-solving methods used in recent cases from the files of the Postal Inspection Service. Visitors will learn about the different types of crime the service investigates including fraud, crimes committed through the mail and crimes against the mail.
(202) 786-2120. Free
Posted Aboard the R.M.S. Titanic
Learn the story of the heroic story of the sea post clerks who attempted to save the mail Posted Aboard the R.M.S. Titanic. The exhibit includes objects belonging to two of the five sea post clerks who perished aboard the ill-fated ship.
National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave., NE. (202)357-2700. www.si.edu. Free admission
Rural Routes: Folk Art Mailboxes of America
The National Postal Museum. First St., & Massachusetts Ave., NW. (202) 357-2991. www.si.edu/postal/exhibits/onlinexhibits.html. Free. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A photograph exhibit of the winning folk art mailboxes on view from the museum's second annual Rural Folk Art Mailbox Contest. The five winners were chosen for their creativity, artistic quality, originality and craftsmanship.
Missing You: Last Letters from World War II
The National Postal Museum. First St., & Massachusetts Ave., NW. (202) 357-2991. www.si.edu. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening on Veteran's Day, November 11, 1999, "Missing You" will look at the last letters written by six members of the U.S. armed froces during World War II. The letters, tresured for decades by the families and friends of these brave men, bring to life the voices that were silenced too soon.