Monday, September 11, 2006

Church Street station

Church Street station was one of four New York City post offices closed as a result of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

Shown above are postal inspectors, assisted by National Guard troops, securing the mail from Church Hill Station in the days and weeks following 9/11.

The Church Street Station Post Office served the 10007 ZIP code for the neighborhoods surrounding the World Trade Center and processed and delivered all mail to the World Trade Center, represented by its own ZIP code, 10048.

Jeffrey Brodie, a curator at the National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution visited the Church Street Station a few weeks after 9/11. His goal was to collect items from that post office that symbolized the time of the attack as well as objects that characterized the role of Church Street Station in the community.

The National Postal Museum obtained a number of items from the Church Street Post Office. Each item was chosen for its relevance to the day of the attack or its importance to the work of that post office in its community.

These have been incorporated into a moving on-line exhibit, September 11, 2001: Collecting and Exhibiting a National Tragedy.

To view, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM