SATURDAY, MARCH 10 & SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2018
11 AM – 4 PM (BOTH DAYS)
The National Postal Museum’s annual Women’s History Month Family Day highlights notable women from the past through the present and reflects upon the meaningful contributions of these extraordinary individuals.
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.
Each visitor has the opportunity to embark on a topical scavenger hunt, which entails locating relevant museum objects and exhibitions, and stopping at activity stations scattered throughout the museum. Upon successful completion, participants 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. 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 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 us for 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.