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Meet Our Staff : Nancy A. Pope


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Nancy Pope
Nancy A. Pope
Head Curator, History Department
phone: (202) 633-5527

Nancy Pope has worked with the items in this collection since joining the Smithsonian Institution in 1984. In 1993 she curated the opening exhibits for the National Postal Museum. Since then, she has curated several additional exhibits, including: Unwelcome: Moritz Schonenberger and the S.S. St. Louis, Best Wishes: Greeting Cards from the White House, Are We There Yet? Vacationing in America, As Precious As Gold, Missing You: Last Letters from World War II, and Postal Inspectors: The Silent Service, as well as two exhibits devoted to individuals on U.S. stamps, Roberto Clemente and Langston Hughes.

In 2004 the Museum began a renovation of its permanent exhibits, for which Pope curated On the Road and Airmail in America. In 2011 she curated the museum’s stunning exhibit Systems at Work that delves into the inside world of US postal operations, answering a common visitor question, “how does my mail get where it’s going?”

She is currently working on several new exhibits for the museum and regularly shares her enthusiasm of America’s postal history through regular posts on the museum’s blog and in its Object of the Month series.

Interests: Transportation and technology history
What I like best about working at the National Postal Museum: Sharing little known stories with the public.

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