No matter who we are or what we do, eventually all that’s left behind are memories. Once people pass on, only their legacy remains. This might be one of the reasons why so many museums exist, in order to preserve the history of humanity. Furthermore, perhaps museums exist so that we will always remember where we came from, what happened ages ago, and in some cases so that history won’t repeat itself. Unfortunately, certain moments end up lost to time, never remembered. However, every now and again, a previously undiscovered historical item pops up, giving us new insight. And sometimes, these items turn up in the most unexpected and unusual ways.
No one could have predicted what happened in a simple Michigan post office in 2015. A mystery letter arrived at the post office that no one could explain. Soon, investigators, higher-ups at the United States Postal service, and even the Smithsonian all worked together to solve the case of the mystery letter. Read on to reveal this amazing story from our past!
1. The Past Resurfaces In A Michigan Post Office
On April 24, 2015, Lori Boes, the Postmaster in Newaygo, Michigan, began her day regularly: by sorting through her mail. In the stack, she found a mystery letter addressed only to “Postmaster, Newaygo, Michigan 49337.” After thinking for a moment, she decided to open it. The sender addressed it to the postmaster, after all.
Boes could not help but feel intrigued. She could not remember ever receiving a letter addressed to just the postmaster, without her name on it. She opened the envelope and what she found would make her embark on a trip through history…over 150 years into the past!