Badge of honor

An image from the Postal Inspection Service’s exhibit at the National Postal Museum.

Behind the Badge has become one of the most popular exhibits at the National Postal Museum since opening a year ago.

The permanent exhibit shows how the Postal Inspection Service keeps mail safe and helps consumers protect themselves against postal crimes. The Washington, DC, museum introduced the exhibit in June 2014.

“Most Americans recognize their letter carriers and are familiar with their local Post Office. But visitors to this exhibit walk away with a new understanding of who Postal Inspectors are and what they do to protect consumers,” said Lynn Heidelbaugh, a Smithsonian Institution curator who oversaw the exhibit’s creation.