After years teaching about Owney, the National Railway Postal Dog, it was a treat to finally get to visit the National Postal Museum and finally see Owney in person! The story of Owney is quite a delightful story for young children and a great way to integrate history and geography while analyzing primary sources.
The National Postal Museum has Owney on display and a fabulous railway exhibit demonstrating how mail was transported via train. Online, take the time to explore the Smithsonian's online offerings on Owney, including the large digitized set of images of the tags he collected along the way.
NPS Teaching Resources
The NPS is hosts a wealth of teacher resources. I know that I take the time to look at individual parks for lesson plans and ideas. Additionally, please take the time to look at Teaching with Historic Places sponsored by NPS.
For more fun for the kids, the NPS hosts Webrangers, a series of educational games and activities featuring the National parks.
To learn more about the portrait and the story of Dolley, take the time to explore the links below or read the book that can be found on Amazon.