We have moved so often that letters couldn't find us. Write often, and I will run the risk of getting the letters.
— Hermon Clarke, a Union soldier encamped at Bermuda Hundred in the South, to his father, June 23, 1864
Bellefonte, PA (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
The American Philatelic Society is opening its headquarters, the American Philatelic Center in central Pennsylvania, to the Seventh Annual Postal History Symposium — Blue and Gray: The Civil War and the Mail — and the U.S. Classics 2012 Stamp Show, November 2–4. The two events are free and open to the public. Event hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–2 p.m. All services of the American Philatelic Society are available on Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. In addition, the American Philatelic Research Library, APS Expertizing Service, and APS Sales Division will have limited hours of service throughout the weekend. Please check the program online (http://www.stamps.org/Schedule).
Stamps and the mail have played an important role in American history. In addition to invaluable military communications, much has been learned from letters sent home from soldiers in battle and from those at home mailed to their loved ones in harm’s way. Mail during wartime has provided insights into the daily life of the soldier, conditions of prisoners, and the sacrifices of those at home. Letters also have touched us with many of the emotional stories of heroism, love, and loss.
Now in its seventh year, the Postal History Symposium brings together collectors, postal historians, researchers, academic scholars, and interested public to discuss and present research integrating stamp collecting and the history of the mails and postal operations within the broader context of culture and history. The topic of the 2012 Symposium is “Blue & Gray: Mail and the Civil War,” celebrating the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States. The scope and depth of philatelic research covering this monumental historical event is significant. This year’s presentations address the war’s impact on mail handling and postal operations covering both sides of the divided nation. Some of the topics to be discussed include: Confederate Generals’ Mail; Philatelic Props Created for the Movie, Cold Mountain; and Decorated Envelopes Used as Weapons. Presentations are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3.
Saturday evening welcomes Joseph M. Adelman, keynote speaker to the Symposium/Classics 2012 Banquet. Adelman is the Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Framingham State University. A historian of early American media, communication and politics, he is currently completing a book manuscript on the business of printing and the circulation of political news between 1763 and 1789. He will be speaking on The Post Office as Civic Institution in Civil War America. “With each year the contributions of the Postal History Symposium build a broader understanding of influence and interaction of the mails on our history,” said Roger Brody, President of the American Philatelic Research Library. The Symposium is sponsored by the American Philatelic Society, the American Philatelic Research Library, and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
The U.S. Philatelic Classics Society will present U.S. Classics 2012. This landmark event will cover all aspects of collecting classic United States stamps and related postal history. Few other events will be able to compare to Classics 2012’s comprehensive schedule of meetings, seminars, thirty-six exhibits, and a dozen dealers who specialize in the Civil War and classic U.S. stamps. The show will feature a special exhibit, “The Original Land Grant for the Lee Plantation In Virginia.” The Lee family included Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, signer of the Declaration of Independence and father of General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate forces during the Civil War.
An auction benefitting the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society and the American Philatelic Research Library will take place Saturday event, November 2, at the Symposium/Classics 2012 Banquet.
For more information on both events: a complete schedule of the weekend’s events and lists of exhibits and dealers, visit http://www.stamps.org/Postal-History-Symposium.