National Stamp Collecting Month: U.S. National Postal Museum

This is the final stamp collecting-themed article for October’s National Stamp Collecting Month this year (tomorrow’s post will be about Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”). I thought it would be appropriate to take a look at a place where collectors and others interested in stamps and postal history can go every day of the year. Unfortunately, I have yet to visit the Smithsonian’s … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: U.S. National Postal Museum

The Smithsonian: America’s Attic

On August 10, 1846, the Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the United States Congress after British scientist James Smithson donated $500,000. Established “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” the Smithsonian is a group of museums and research centers administered by the Government of the United States. The institution is named after its founding donor, James Smithson. Originally organized as the “United States National Museum,” … Continue reading The Smithsonian: America’s Attic