November 2014


Mail Call

Smithsonian Logo
USS Nimitz, 2003
Unloading mail aboard the USS Nimitz, 2003. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate First Class Arlo Abrahamson.

The traveling version of the National Postal Museum’s permanent exhibition Mail Call is on display in the Main Library’s Atrium through Jan. 18. The exhibition, now in the midst of a 15-city national tour, tells the fascinating story of military mail and communication from the American Revolution to current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mail Call gives visitors access to dramatic firsthand records and heartfelt sentiments through excerpts from letters exchanged between writers on the front line and the home front. The exhibit also explores how the military postal system works today and describes the new ways the men and women of the armed forces are communicating with home. From the earliest handwritten letters that took days or even months to deliver, to today’s instant communication via email or the Internet, Mail Call presents the changing look and format of mail pieces through the decades. It also examines the complex operations systems set in place to ensure safe delivery, and it explores the incalculable role mail plays in maintaining the morale of American soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen.

Mail Call is a National Postal Museum exhibition organized and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Serving with Honor: The Queen City’s Veterans

Scenic River Views
Air Force crew poses in front of the B-29 Amiable Amazon
at Adak Island, Alaska, ca. 1944

Commemorate local veterans by exploring a special exhibit which runs Nov. 7 through mid-January in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room at the Main Library. The exhibit profiles some of the many veterans from the Greater Cincinnati area who took up the call of duty starting from the War of 1812 to the present day. The exhibit will include photos, diaries, letters, uniforms, medals and other artifacts from the veterans of the War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korean, Vietnamese, Gulf and Afghanistan Wars.

Weird Tomes: An Exhibit in Cosmic Horror

Weird Tales cover
Weird Tales cover

On display in the Popular Library through Feb. 10, 2015, this exhibit highlights the literature and artwork of weird fiction. Weird Tales, the pulp magazine that defines this genre, is the highlight of the display, complemented by several books by weird authors and artists such as H.P. Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood, Lee Brown Coye, and Frank Utpatel. Board games based on strange tales are also on display. Information about the history of weird fiction, the history of Arkham House Publishing, and a list of weird literature available at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County supplement the exhibit.

For additional information about any of the exhibits listed please call our Programs & Exhibits Coordinator at 513-369-6944.