Long before we e-mailed, texted, and Instragramed, we sent the sweetest of messages on their way with a stamp.
The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is the ideal place to look back—and forward—to the role that mail plays in bringing us together. The museum boasts stunning displays and interactive exhibits in the new William H. Gross Stamp Gallery, the largest in the world, which provide a fascinating look at American culture and history in postage-sized morsels. Get a glimpse, too, at how new tech developments are expanding mail’s boundaries.
Drinks, music by DJ Trayze, dancing, and more await behind the glowing windows of the historic City Post Office Building. Who knows what the night might deliver for you?
And since happy endings sometimes start in near-misses, enjoy a special presentation by Story League, D.C.’s popular live storytelling organization, of funny true stories inspired by some of the romantic, comic, and downright odd messages from the Missed Connections postings on Craigslist (“We work in the same building”…”Candy Crusher on Yellow Line”…”You were buying pipe at Home Depot”). Submit your own “Missed Connection” video by Feb. 10 to enter a drawing for two Signed, Sealed, Delivered VIP tickets! Runner-up prizes also available.
Turn a famous love letter from history into your own, Mad Libs-style. Craft a handmade card for your crush by using vintage postage, ink stamps, washi tapes, and specialty papers. Then send it on its way using a stamp with your own photo, created on the museum’s nifty touch-screen system.
Cash bar. Must be 21 years old with valid photo ID to attend.