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Making history

USPS, museum seek pandemic artifacts

USPS and the National Postal Museum are seeking messages like these, featured in the 2020 USPS video series “Thank You for the Thank-You’s.”

What has been our reality for the past two years will soon become history.

The USPS Historian’s Office and the National Postal Museum in Washington, DC, are looking for artifacts to help tell the story of how the Postal Service continued to deliver during the coronavirus pandemic.

Do you have items in your facility related to the COVID-19 pandemic?

While hand sanitizer, masks and gloves probably immediately come to mind, the historian and the museum are seeking less obvious items. These could include thank-you notes and tokens of appreciation submitted by customers, and other work-related objects unique to the pandemic.

Just as important as the items themselves are the stories behind them — for example, how they were obtained and the effect they had on employees and their colleagues.

A sample of what is offered will be added to the USPS historical collections. Some offers may be directed to the museum for consideration.

If you have an item you’d like to donate related to your on-the-job pandemic experience, email a description or photograph to with “COVID history” in the subject line.