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Tuesday, October 11 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Telling the Story of America's Mail Industry

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The Mailing Industry, over 200 years old, is comprised of public and private companies that create and produce mail and parcels as the core of their business operations. The industry supports over 8 million US jobs, generates over $1.3 trillion in sales revenue and comprises 8% of the US GDP. The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum has embarked on a venture to tell the story of direct marketers,  publishers, nonprofits, public entities — as well as all the businesses that help prepare mail, such as ad agencies, print shops, software vendors, and transportation providers. This research project investigates the 200 year-old partnership between private industry and the United States Postal Service, who together provide efficient and effective communication and commerce channels to consumers and businesses across the United States and the world.

We will explore how Catholic organizations, and others, have long shared a deep history with the U.S. Postal Service. From making offering envelopes to direct mailing, Catholic organizations have been an important part of the mailing industry. This presentation will go into the history of Catholic organizations in the Mailing Industry, what the National Postal Museum’s research project is all about and how you can participate.

Information for this project submitted by these Catholic Organizations:

Catholic Relief Services

Cathedral Corporation

Edumndite Missions

Maryknoll Sisters and Fathers and Brothers

Our Sunday Visitor

Salesian Missions


Donna Adair

Senior Manager, Catholic Relief Services

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Emma Auburn

Director, Postal Museum and Advancement Department, Smithsonian Institution
Emma Auburn is the Executive Assistant for both the Director of the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum and Advancement Department in Washington, D.C. The museum is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately. Auburn has been associated... Read More →

Tuesday October 11, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
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