Friday, November 16, 2007

Smithsonian Institution signs agreement with USPS

The Smithsonian Institution will continue to showcase the history of the nation's mail service for at least the next 10 years under the terms of a renewed agreement with the United States Postal Service to operate the National Postal Museum.

According to a USPS press release, "The new agreement extends the Smithsonian's current stewardship of the museum in the historic City Post Office Building in downtown Washington, DC, for the next 10 years, with options for both parties to extend the agreement for two consecutive five-year periods beyond that."

The National Postal Museum has been devoted to presenting the history of the nation's mail service since it was created on Nov. 6, 1990, through a joint agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the Postal Service. The National Postal Museum has since exhibited the largest and most comprehensive collection of stamps and philatelic materials in the world.

Shown above is a 1996 stamp honoring the Smithsonian Institution's first 150 years.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM