The U.S. Postal Service celebrated the beauty and majestic wonder of the Mighty Mississippi River — America’s quintessential waterway.
The Mississippi is at the core of the nation’s heritage, and is often referred to as America’s backbone, its heart and its soul. From Lake Itasca’s trickling overspill in Minnesota, the Mississippi flows and grows for 2,300 miles.
At the point where the Mississippi reaches the Gulf of Mexico, the trickle that started in Lake Itasca has intermingled with waters from 31 states.
The portfolio of 10 exquisite photographic stamps each represent a state along the course of the river. With five rows of two stamps each, the pane’s arrangement corresponds to the states’ north-south and west-east sequence. Art Director Ethel Kessler designed the pane using existing photographs.The Mighty Mississippi Forever stamps are being sold in panes of 10. News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtag #MightyMississippiStamps. Get them at USPS.com or your local post office.
1. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
2. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.3. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.4. What is the economic system in the United States?*5. Name the state that borders Canada (and is the source of the Mississippi River).6. The Mississippi ends in the Gulf of Mexico. Name one state that borders Mexico.7. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for? (HINT: USPS)8. In 1828, a teenaged Abraham Lincoln guided a flatboat down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. In 1861, he became the sixteenth U.S. president. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?*