APS remains shuttered as Summer Seminar moves online

The American Philatelic Center, the headquarters of the American Philatelic Society (APS) in Bellefonte, Pa., remains closed as Governor Tom Wolf extended his order to close all “non-life sustaining” businesses until at least April 30.

Centre County, where Bellefonte is located, is also part of a “stay at home” order. APS services including expertizing, circuit sales, Internet sales and its library, the American Philatelic Research Center, continue to be delayed; however, APS staff is working remotely.

“Stamp collecting can be an excellent way to focus on something positive and challenge your mind while you’re at home,” said APS Executive Director Scott English in a statement issued April 1. “Finally, keep connected with your philatelic friends by phone or online and make sure they’re doing okay.”

While the APS Summer Seminar originally scheduled for this June is cancelled, another event will be held online in “the next few weeks” and will feature “workshops and seminars that you can enjoy from the safety of your own home,” according to Cathy Brachbill, APS education director.

“We are looking for volunteers to serve as virtual presenters and asking for your help,” she added.

For more information, contact education@stamps.org.

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