This Saturday, the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History will participate in the annual “Free Museum Day Program” presented by Smithsonian magazine.
Now in it is 14th year, the day is a celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge. It reflects the spirit of the magazine and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based properties.
“You don’t have to be a stamp collector to enjoy the Museum’s displays,” said Museum Education Director Henry Lukas, who added the celebration is “a great way to bring new people to see the museum’s various exhibits and learn all it has to offer to the community.”
The museum, which is located in southeastern Maine – about seven hours from the Canada-U.S. border in Fort Erie, Ont. – will organize activities for children, who will receive a free packet of stamps and a first-day cover. They can also start their own collection using the two- and 10-cent stamp boxes.
Last year, more than 400,000 people attended Museum Day with all 50 states plus Puerto Rico represented by more than 900 participating museums, including 84 Smithsonian-affiliated institutions.
This year, the magazine expects to involve more than 1,000 museums.