WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - What does your childhood mail carrier remember about delivering every day along your street? He or she will now have a chance to share those recollections in a special place.
The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum announced that it has launched a new digital memory book, "People and the Post" (www.memorybook.si.edu) where former and current U.S. Postal Service employees can share their stories, and supplement them with text, video, audio and photos.
While most Americans easily recognize the uniformed letter carrier, few know much more about the majority of postal employees who process and manage their daily mail. Now they'll learn more about those people through the digital memory book.
"The history of America's postal workers is that of the nation," Nancy Pope, historian and curator at the museum, said in a statement. "For instance, we feel the emotion of the moment when Phyllis Woods of Ohio shares her story of the night when workers went about their business in silence and shock following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy." That kind of story, Pope said, is reflective of the giant organization that moves the nation's mail."
The National Postal Museum, at 2 Massachusetts Ave NE, across from Union Station, preserves the history of the nation's mail service and showcases a large, comprehensive collection of stamps and philatelic material in the world.