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Manning the Post: A Woman's Job

December 18, 1997 – May 25, 2000

Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Washington, DC

Location: Binding the Nation, Colonial Section, Lower Level

This one-case exhibition explores the work of Mary Katherine Goddard, colonial postmaster and printer. Goddard was appointed postmaster of Baltimore in 1775 and removed in 1789 by Postmaster General Samuel Osgood, who believed a woman was not up to the job; 200 of Baltimore's leading citizens unsuccessfully petitioned for her reinstatement. Included are a facsimile copy of the Declaration of Independence she printed and a petition demanding her reinstatement.