It is so nice to see you back for our brand new series here at Mama’s Learning Corner: On This Day in American History!
On this day in American History, January 22, 1673, the first regular postal service delivery was established in what is now the United States of America.
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January 22 – First Regular Mail Delivery in the United States
On January 22, 1673, the first regular postal service was established in what is now the United States. The mail delivery route between New York and Boston was officially established at the command of King Charles II.
1.) The postal route was known as the “Boston Post Road,” even though it was actually three different mail routes. The three routes eventually formed major highways that we still use today in the U.S. Use a map app (Google maps, Maps, etc.) to find the original Boston Post Road.
2.) Use this information from the Department of Transportation to answer the following questions in your notebook:
- What were the names of the three branches of Boston Post Road?
- Which one is the oldest?
3.) Research and record the following information in your notebook:
- What is the current price of one first-class stamp? (The price actually goes up today, January 22, 2023! Record today’s new rate.)
- Who is the current Postmaster General?
If you are new to On This Day in American History
If you are new to On This Day in American History, Welcome!
Each day, I share an interesting event that occurred in our nation’s past. You will learn about famous Americans, interesting inventions and their patents, American art and music, and more.
You will also find suggested activities – labeled “To do” – if you would like to research this during your homeschool’s group time in the morning, or you can assign the activities for your children to work on independently.
If you think you will do more than one day of On This Day in American History, I would encourage you to have your child keep what I call a Notebook of Knowledge. A spiral notebook or sheets of paper stapled together is more than adequate!
Have your child write the day’s event and the date at the top of his paper. If there are writing activities, have him use his best composition, grammar, and penmanship as he completes the answers. After just a few weeks or even a month, he will have an excellent resource to read through!
If you would like to use this resource throughout the month, you might be interested in purchasing the full January Calendar. It contains:
- Access to the webpage with all of the January events listed, including all suggested activities for each daily event.
- A .pdf of the January Calendar, listed in chronological order with all suggested activities
- All necessary downloads to complete the assigned activities. These same downloads are linked on the webpage, however, they are also included here for easy access.
- The answers to any questions asked in the daily activities.
You can purchase that here: