Smithsonian Postal Museum to Feature Local Exhibit

Denham Store and Post OfficeSeveral pieces of memorabilia from a retired, local post office will be placed into the Smithsonian Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.

Historical artifacts from the U.S. Post Office in Denhan, Indiana will be accepted as part of the display at the Smithsonian Postal Museum on Wednesday, June 25 at 2:15 p.m. ET at the museum’s atrium. According to the PR and Internet Affairs Manager of the Smithsonian Institution of the National Postal Museum, Marty Emery, officials will highlight the importance of the donation in regards to celebrating the past history of Denham as well as the future educational benefit the items will provide the visitors from all over the world. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-2) will be there to offer remarks.

2014-04-21 10.40.11Former resident, Scott Stump, said his grandfather, Orvel “Mike” Podell, was officially named the Postmaster at the Denham Post Office in 1934. Podell and his wife, Nellie “James” Podell, had the Post Office officially moved to the site of their own store. When a new post office was built in 1968, the old boxes were retired and they will be submitted as an exhibit in the museum. Some stamps and a sign will also be included in the exhibit. The post office in Denham officially closed in 1973.

For more on the history, click here: History of the Denham Indiana Post Office Scott Stump April 22 2014-1

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