There’s another busy summer ahead for the American Philatelic Society (APS).
Next up is this month’s highly anticipated World Stamp Show, which is being held May 28-June 4 in New York City. The APS – along with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum and American Philatelic Research Library (APRL), the latter of which is currently moving its collection to a newly renovated space – will be hosting their ninth jointly produced Postal History Symposium. Organizers said the symposia will provide a forum for philatelists, academic scholars, postal historians and the interested public to discuss and present research that integrates philately or the history of postal operations into the broader context of American history. It takes place in Room 1E19 of Manhattan’s Javits Convention Center on June 2.
For more information on the Postal History Symposium, visit stamps.org/Postal-History-Symposium.
Following the World Stamp Show, the APS will host its popular Summer Seminar on Philately. Now in its 37th year, the APS Summer Seminar on Philately is a unique education philatelic vacation offering instruction in specific areas through a combination of lectures and hands-on workshops. It’s being held June 19-24 at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Penn.
For more information, visit stamps.org/Summer-Seminar.
VOLUNTEER WORK WEEK
That same week, from June 18-22, the APS is also hosting its Volunteer Work Week. Participants can make a difference for the APS as well as the APRL. Although the principal purpose of the week will be to accomplish tasks – including things like administration, circuit sales, development, editorial, education, Internet sales and more – volunteers will have evening opportunities to use the APRL, peruse Circuit Sales and donation materials and shop in the nearby Stamp and Cover Shop.
To learn more about volunteering next month, visit stamps.org/Volunteer-Work-Week.
Lastly, the ever-popular StampShow, being hosted in Portland, Ore. for this, the 130th annual convention of the APS, takes place Aug. 4-7.
Each year, stamp collectors, exhibitors, historians and members of the general public gather to socialize, increase philatelic knowledge and exchange stamps. This year’s show will feature 150 dealers, numerous live auctions, an abundance of literature and extensive high-quality exhibits. What’s more, there will be more than 100 meetings and seminars hosted by various specialty groups and first day of issue ceremonies for new stamps.
Organizers said there will be a special emphasis on northwest postal history, the 100th anniversary of the Oregon Stamp Society and a few other “unique” partnerships. Importantly, the show is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit stamps.org/STAMPSHOW-SS.