The opening ceremony for the Mequon River Postal Museum and Stamp Gallery was held at Mequon City Hall, June 20, 2019. More than sixty attendees were treated to guided tours of the repurposed 180 year-old Isham Day House across the street from the Council chambers. On display in the north room were panels recounting the history of four Mequon River postmasters who served before the Civil War as well as that of the Thiensville postmaster who served during World War I. In the south room the E.W. Krauthoefer stamp gallery made its debut with exhibits featuring the “First U.S. Air Mail Stamps,” “A World War II Soldier’s Collection of Stamps from New Caledonia,” and “The earliest U.S. Stamps from 1847 to 1900.”
The museum was open on Thursdays and by appointment throughout the summer and hosted visitors from the local community and as far away as California. Curator Sam Cutler has been pleased with the positive response from all those involved, especially those who have donated their stamps and artifacts. The museum always welcomes gifts of stamps and related material.
To learn more about the Mequon River Postmasters and early postal service in the area, visit the Mequon River Postal Museum at the Isham Day House across from Mequon City Hall on Cedarburg Road. The Museum is open Thursdays and by appointment. For more information, contact the Mequon-Thiensville Historical Society at 262-242-3107.
Cutler is looking forward to reopening this summer, virus containment permitting. Season Two promises some new ex-hibits and displays and possibly some expanded hours for patrons.