Lunchtime Lecture Series: Stamps and Deaf Culture
Wednesday, October 24 from 12pm to 12:45pm
Admission: Free; no registration required
Event Link: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/visit/calendar.html
Come nerd out with us during your lunch break! Every third Wednesday of the month, the National Postal Museum hosts a short talk on an interesting topic by experts in their respective fields.
Join us for a very special talk with internationally-renowned philatelist, historian, and storyteller Kenneth S. Rothschild as he presents “Stamps and Deaf Culture.” Rothschild has built a profound stamp collection for more than 50 years; he had various countries and topics before delving into a subject to which Rothschild is closely tied. Since the 1980s, Rothschild has collected, studied, and analyzed the representation of deafness on postage stamps across the world.
A 1968 graduate of Gallaudet University, Rothschild played a key role in the issuance of the 1983 USPS 20¢ Thomas H. Gallaudet stamp. He also served as Chair of the “American Sign Language” Stamp Committee for the National Association of the Deaf, which culminated in two 29¢ se-tenant stamps issued by the United States Postal Service in 1993. As a published author and distinguished speaker at conferences, seminars, and special events, Rothschild has traveled as far as France to share his wealth of knowledge with audiences. Learn more about this multifaceted history from an expert at the National Postal Museum!
This ASL-interpreted lecture is hosted in partnership with the Smithsonian Accessibility Program and the Gallaudet University Museum. The talk is followed by a Q&A session; coffee and desserts provided.
History After Hours Presents: Love and Death in the Great War
Wednesday, October 31 from 6pm to 8pm
Admission: Free; registration required
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-after-hours
Join us for a special evening with Andrew J. Huebner, Associate Professor of History, University of Alabama and the author of “Love and Death in the Great War” (Oxford University Press, 2018) as we continue to commemorate the centennial of America’s involvement in World War I.
Americans of the Great War era often heard the tale of their nation’s intervention told as a love story. Fighting offered romance, and not just on the battlefield. It promised to stir “khaki-mad” passions in young women, bolster the romantic credibility of the doughboy, and cultivate national chivalric virtue. But this war story quickly crashed into the reality of experience. The daily lives of the Missourians Mae and Eliga Dees—visible through a full set of letters between the two while Eliga was fighting in Europe—suggests a different tale of war, one obscured by the passage of time and the romantic tones of American wartime culture. Doors open to the public at 6:00 pm; complimentary bar and light refreshments provided. Professor Huebner’s book will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. The talk starts at 6:20 pm; it is free to attend, but advance registration is requested.
Smithsonian National Postal Museum is located at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. For more information, visit https://postalmuseum.si.edu/.