National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Avenue,North East
Washington DC 20002
Owney was once the most famous dog in America, known for riding mail trains around the country and making friends wherever he went. The lovable mutt is capturing headlines again, this time for getting his own US postage stamp. We're celebrating Owney's big news in lots of fun ways that will have your tail wagging--join us!
The four day event includes a First Day of Issue Ceremony on Wednesday, July 27 from 11am-noon. Be the first to see Owney's stamps, meet the artist who painted Owney's portrait, and purchase first day of issue covers (philatelic souvenirs). The stamp ceremony will include speakers such as Dirk Wales, author of A Lucky Dog: Owney, U.S. Rail Mail Mascot, and a special announcement from Postal Museum Director Allen Kane. This is opening day for the new Owney exhibit, which includes Owney himself, newly conserved and ready for the spotlight. Also opening is the Art of the Stamp: Owney the Postal Dog exhibit, featuring the original stamp art, painted by artist Bill Bond. The stamp features the tags Owney collected during his travels on the Railway Mail Service, many of which are on also display in the museum and on Owney's harness.
The celebration continues with fun, hands-on activities the kids will love. All-day activities (Wednesday,July 27th-Saturday July 30) include:
Design a tag for Owney
Race to sort mail in the Railway Post Office
Make a topical stamp collection to take home
Do a scavenger hunt and win a prize
Meet Dirk Wales, author of A Lucky Dog: Owney, U.S. Rail Mail Mascot