The Owney Project

 

 

Back in the late 1800’s, Owney was the most famous dog in the U.S.A.  It all started when he wandered into a post office and became their mascot.  He soon learned to travel on the trains with the mail.  He wound up traveling all over the world.

Read all about the story of Owney here!

 

 

The Classroom Owney Project

In 1996, a teacher in California read the story of Owney to her class. They decided to send a stuffed animal, as Owney, to classrooms in every state. The object was for students to learn all about Owney and all about different areas in the USA.  Mr. DiFiore’s class was one of the original participants.

 This year, Mr. DiFiore is starting it again! Students just love receiving Owney in the mail and receiving postcards (electronic or paper) from all over the USA. If you would like your class to participate (or if you know a teacher that might like to), please send information to: gdifiore@mssd14.org.

We can all participate no matter what we are doing: in class, hybrid, or remote. (We will build in time for each class to quarantine Owney before opening. I did Owney remotely with my class last year and they loved it!)

Your name
Your email address
Name of your school
School address
The dates your school begins, ends, and long breaks

 

Resources:

All About Owney – The Smihsonian National Postal Museum

All About Owney the Railway Mail Service Mascot

Owney Curriculum

USPS Owney The Postal Dog Sheet of 20 Forever Stamps

Wikipedia: Owney

Owney the Traveling Dog book Lesson Plans

 

 

People and the Post, Postal History from the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum

Books:

Owney The Mail-Pouch Pooch

A Lucky Dog: Owney, U.S. Rail Mail Mascot

The Further Adventures of a Lucky Dog: Owney, U.S. Rail Mail Mascot

Owney: The Traveling Dog (Famous Animal Stories)

OWNEY: Mascot of the Railway Mail Service Pamphlet

A Lucky Dog: Owney, U.S. Rail Mail Mascot

The Post Office Dog (Originally Published as Owney: The Traveling Dog)

All Aboard, Owney! The Adirondack Mail Dog

A Small Dog’s Big Life: Around The World With Owney

 

People and the Post, Postal History from the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum

 

 

All images from the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum

 

 

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Mr. DiFiore’s Class & Owney

 

See the mail tag Owney received in the late 1800’s from our area  here!

 

Our Owney postcards to other schools (2019/20):

Joshua’s

Tommy’s

 

Acacia’s

 

Noshan’s

 

 

Adyson’s

 

Aisley’s

 

Brayden’s

 

Ayden’s

Benjamin’s

 

Ethan’s

Nekoda’s

 

CJ’s

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. DiFiore’s trip to the U.S. Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., July 2019

 

 

 

 

One response to “The Owney Project

  1. brenda

    such a fun project! I have researched this famous dog over the years with my classes. We are researching Balto now.

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