Educators Smithsonian Education
Stamps as Storytellers (And the Story of Stamps)
Getting Started

This issue demonstrates how you can use stamps as storytellers to add a new level of interest to a standard lesson. The tendency to illustrate ideals, events, and ideas with a single small picture is exactly what makes stamps the miniature storytellers that they are. The lesson plan, called “The Westward Movement,” serves as an introduction to the complex and colorful subject of the westward movement in the United States through examining various stamps. Also included are mini-articles and a pull-out page, entitled “Owney – The Dog Mailed Round the World,” in English and Spanish.

Note: This is an archival publication dating back to 1985 and any supplements or suggestions for off-site education may not be available.

Download "Art to Zoo: Stamps as Storytellers (And the Story of Stamps)" (PDF).

Required Materials

Download the PDF
Stamps as Storytellers (And the Story of Stamps)

Art to Zoo is produced by the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies. Teachers may duplicate the materials for educational purposes.

Smithsonian Institution

Websites A-Z

Adult Learning

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access ©2013 Smithsonian Institution About UsContactSite MapTerms of UsePrivacy PolicySubscribe