The Maryknoll Mission Archives proudly announces its participation in the Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s latest virtual exhibitionAmerica’s Mailing Industry” which “tells the story of the partnership between the U.S. Postal Service and private industry, who together have helped American citizens and businesses communicate and conduct business for more than 200 years.”

Our contribution tells the story of how, for more than one hundred years, the United States Post Office has been Maryknoll’s partner in maintaining relationships with its missioners overseas and its supporters at home, providing information about the plight of the poor and marginalized of the world and inspiring action among Americans who have been moved by the message of mission.

On September 13, 2016 members of the Archives staff attended the exhibit’s opening celebration event at the Postal Museum in Washington D.C.

Please enjoy this gallery of event and exhibition images!

“America’s Mailing Industry” celebration at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, September 13, 2016

Sr. Katherine Slattery deliving mail“The mail must go through” – Sister Katherine Slattery, 1926

Maryknoll Mission Archives staff at Archives staff members, Stephanie Conning, Jessica Di Silvestro and Jennifer Halloran, at “America’s Mailing Industry” celebration

Loading mail sacks onto the truck at Maryknoll, New York, c. 1920s.

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Sorting the mail at Maryknoll Fathers and BrothersSorting the mail at Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in New York, 1929

“America’s Mailing Industry” celebration at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Sr. Katherine Slattery working at Maryknoll Post OfficeSister Katherine Slattery at work in the Maryknoll Post Office, c. 1920s

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Mail delivery to Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Buffalo houseMaryknoll priest receives the daily post at the Society’s Buffalo, NY house,1943