APS Warns of Reno Hotel Scam

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HOTEL SCAM ADVISORY:  APS AmeriStamp & Stamp Show Guests

February 10, 2017

PLEASE BE ADVISED:
The American Philatelic Society (APS) has received several complaints from members regarding calls or emails received from a third party, indicating that the APS AmeriStamp Expo and Stamp Show hotel blocks are full and soliciting a room reservation through the caller’s travel agency.  When asked, the caller cannot typically identify the show hotel, and has no knowledge of our event.

This third party is NOT authorized by the APS to solicit room reservations on behalf of the APS.  This is a form of “Housing Pirating”.  These ‘housing pirates’ or ‘bandits’ are companies that phone, email, or fax convention attendees, claiming to offer room reservation services for hotels near a convention.  They may falsely claim to be affiliated with the APS.

Do not respond to any unsolicited calls or emails from a third party offering hotel reservations.  Unless you have initiated the communication, please do not provide anyone with your personal information, especially your credit card number.  If you provide your credit card information to one of these companies, your card may be charged and there is no guarantee you will have a room upon your arrival to Reno or Richmond.

APS AUTHORIZED LODGING
At this time, the only authorized blocks of rooms being held for upcoming APS shows are:

• Atlantis Casino Resort Spa – 3800 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89502.  To reserve a room:  Call 800-723-6500 (“AmeriStamp Expo” or “ASE”), or visit the Atlantis website.  For alternate lodging, contact Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority:  (800) 367-7366, visitrenotahoe.com.

Marriott Richmond – 500 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA  23219.  To reserve a room:  Call (800) 228-9290, or click this APS Booking Link.  If you are seeking alternate hotels, please contact the Richmond Region Tourism: (804) 783-7450, VisitRichmondVa.com.

REPORTING FRAUD
If contacted by someone asking if you need a room at an APS stamp show, or misrepresenting themselves as a representative of the APS, please share details with the APS to help us make a case against the inquiring organization.

     • Get as much information as you can, such as the:
         » Name of the company
         » Name of the person calling
         » Company address
         » Email address
         »
Telephone number
     • Request information in writing

The American Philatelic Society is NOT affiliated with the following company, whom we believe is responsible for the complaints to date:

National Travel Associates
1 (877) 595-ROOM (7666)
www .nationaltravelassociates .com
Business License: NV20111324251
Entity Number: E0274712011-2

This company, based in Nevada, may appear legitimate – having both a website and social media pages online, but it is not authorized to make room reservations for any APS Stamp Show.  Several complaints are on file about this firm with the Better Business Bureau.

APS Vacancy: Director of Shows

The American Philatelic Society reports its Show Manager, Megan Orient, will be leaving following AmeriStamp Stamp Expo (March 3-5, Reno, Nevada) “to be closer to her family.” We understand that that is in Pittsburgh.

Orient was hired by the APS less than two years ago. According to the APS press release in May 2015, “she and her husband are planning to make Centre County, Pennsylvania a long-term home.” APS Headquarters is located in Bellefonte, Pa., the county seat of Centre County.

However, that press release also said she and her husband have a young son. The job description just posted by the APS says the position “requires significant travel, weekend work, and work outside of standard hours.” Typically, the show manager not only goes out to the APS’ twice-annual show locations early and stays after the end of the shows, but also goes to potential venues for first-hand assessments of their suitability.

The Virtual Stamp Club interviewed Orient for a May 2015 radio feature, which you can hear here.

According to that press release, she had both training and experience in convention and event planning. She succeeded Dana Guyer, who left the APS to become executive director of the American Stamp Dealers Association.

Reflections on the APRL Dedication

by Lloyd A. de Vries, VSC
Has it been that long already?

It seems like only yesterday that Bob Lamb and Ken Lawrence drove me from APS headquarters in Patton Township (“State College”) Pa. to Bellefonte to see a derelict factory complex. On a later trip, Ken Martin took me up into the loft area of “Building 4.” We had to watch where we put our feet, because the flooring wasn’t very solid. But I saw the view out the open end of the loft and said, “Wow! This could really be something.”

newaprl08It’s now 16 years later (left), and it really is something. In fact, when I went up to the second floor for the first time during the celebratory weekend, I was a little choked up.

Other articles, here at The Virtual Stamp Club and elsewhere, describe the new facility and the dedication events. Instead, here are some thoughts about the building and the event.

I like to think I was a key player, casting the deciding vote on the American Philatelic Society board in favor of purchasing the property. But in looking around that weekend, I saw so many other people whose claims are just as good, or better, than mine: Donors, members of the APRL and APS boards then and subsequently, the architects, local officials, and APS staffers, past and present. There were even some past opponents at the weekend celebration.

newaprl26aRoger Schnell was on the Board when the vote was taken; he voted against it. His comment as soon as the results were announced was, “Congratulations. You just bought yourselves a pile of bricks.” Yet as you enter the new facility, there’s the sign shown on the right: The Roger Schnell Main Entrance. Despite his misgivings, once the decision was final, Roger became a major donor for the complex’s renovation. There’s a lesson there that some mainstream national politicians haven’t learned. newaprl26Every local official paid tribute to Ken Martin, now the APS Chief Operating Officer as an important part of the project. I think some philatelic leaders don’t appreciate Ken enough.

I was also glad to see Ken Lawrence acknowledged during Friday night’s dinner. He is somewhat a pariah nonewaprl18w, after an ugly APS election in 2007 and the subsequent lawsuit, and his always sharp tongue — he can flay you with his pen — but Ken was a driving force behind the “Match Factory” project. APRL president Roger Brody praised Ken, while admitting that he is often “prickly.” (I think that is the word he used.) Kudoes to Roger for broaching the subject. I’m sure it wasn’t easy, nor was deciding whether to do so wasn’t easy, either.

I hope at some point a big piece of the American Philatelic Center is named for Bob Lamb (left). He also had the vision, plus (unlike Ken) the diplomatic skills to make it happen.

newaprl28I was surprised that more wasn’t made of Dennis Gilson’s contribution to the project when he received his Luff Award for Service to the American Philatelic Society. In reading a list of his activities before Dennis signed the Luff scroll, Ken Martin first listed all his many activities on behalf of the APS, quite a few of which are continuing. Perhaps it’s because the American Philatelic Center actually belongs to the APRL, not the APS. Dennis was the first project manager, using his engineering background to get the work started. He retired from that post after the first two phases were completed and the two organizations had moved to the Center.

newaprl07I was both pleased and surprised to see how closely the finished product (right) looks like the architectural renderings (left).

Talleyrand Park is beautiful and the weather Saturday — unseasonably warm and sunny — showed it off to best advantage. Several of the local officials at the dedication thanked the APRL and APS for sparking a renaissance both for the park as well as Bellefonte itself.

The project isn’t done: There are a few rooms or areas that needed to be finished, some details that need to be added. Given the nature of libraries, the APRL will probably need even more room at some point. (You can’t digitize everything: There are copyright issues and also “forward compatibility” issues. If you don’t understand the latter, let me know and I’ll send you a box of 5¼-inch floppy disks.)

I understand there’s some thought to buying out some of the other pieces of property adjacent to the present American Philatelic Center. G-d willing, I’ll be there for the dedication of the next completed phase.

Here are some earlier Virtual Stamp Club articles on the purchase and renovation (reconstruction, really) of “the Match Factory:”

The New APRLibrary

by Lloyd A. de Vries, VSC
The new facilities of the American Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, Pa., are up and running. The Virtual Stamp Club visited October 28th, the day before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.  This is a quick and by no means comprehensive look:newaprl01The exterior of the building, which the APRL shares with the American Philatelic Society, The APRL is the owner and leases space to the APS, which in turn provides services. newaprl09The old library space, in “Building 1,” is now being rented to Centre County Democrats.newaprl02The main entrance to the Library. newaprl03Staffer Fred Baumann at the Circulation Desk newaprl04The Reference Desk on the first floor. newaprl05This is the children’s area. The table and chairs are, well, child-size. newaprl06The company making the chairs called the APRL before burning the design into the chair backs: “Do you know the airplane is upside down?” newaprl07The main floor reading area. newaprl08The second floor atrium. In 2001 or 2002, when the APS and APRL were considering buying the “Match Factory,” I was up in the second floor loft area, where there was not much of a floor and what there was wasn’t terribly safe. I saw the view out the end of the building and said, “Wow. This is going to be something some day.” It is.

Here are a few more photographs: newaprl23Our tour of the new facility was conducted by librarian Scott Tiffney (correct spelling). This photo was taken on the second floor in the less-public areas containing material that is less in demand. newaprl12A reading desk on the second floor. newaprl13The upstairs reference desk, usually staffed by the Technical Resources library, Betsy Gamble. Pay particularly attention to the potted plant on the left. You’ll see why below.

The Dedication (Saturday, October 29th): newaprl17People awaiting the start of the ceremony. How many do you know? newaprl15newaprl14newaprl10Music before the ceremony was provided by bagpiper Betsy Gamble, the APRL’s Technical Services Coordinator. Why is she in the closet next to her usual station (to the right of the potted plant)? “People said I was too loud,” she told The VSC. newaprl16APS/APRL executive director Scott English speaking at the dedication. newaprl18Bob Lamb, who as executive director of the APS/APRL guided the acquisition of “The Match Factory” and its initial stages of renovation. newaprl19APS president Mick Zais (left) and APRL president Roger Brody cut the ribbon (of stamps, of course) to signify the dedication of the new facility. Behind them, from left, U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson; Mary-Anne Penner, Director of Stamp Services, U.S. Postal Service; English; Randy Brachbill, vice president, Bellefonte Borough Council (and husband of APS Director of Education Cathy Brachbill); Michael Pipe and Mark Higgins, Centre County Commissioners; and Lamb. newaprl24After the Library Dedication was the dedication of the Connie I. Swartz Reception Area, the main entrance to the American Philatelic Center. Swartz was a long-time employee of the APS/APRL, and was often the first contact for members and others when they called or wrote the two organizations. In the photo below, English presents a plaque to her in tribute to her long service. newaprl25newaprl20And then we took a walk on the beautiful Saturday afternoon to downtown Bellefonte for lunch, pausing in Talleyrand Park for a different view of the exterior of the American Philatelic Center. newaprl21Hard to believe much of the park was once a dump or yard for the lumber/home improvement company that occupied “the Match Factory” in the 1950s and 1960s, isn’t it? newaprl22And if you read this far, you heard it here first: There are rumors that the American Philatelic Center may expand some more, acquiring additional land. But not this park. It’s too beautiful.

Some thoughts on the opening of the new Library facility, by Lloyd A. de Vries, VSC

Job Posting: U.S. Postal Museum Director

Here is the Smithsonian’s job posting for the position of Director of the National Postal Museum:

POSITION DESCRIPTION AND CANDIDATE SPECIFICATION
DIRECTOR, NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM

npm logoThe position serves as Director of the National Postal Museum (NPM), with responsibility for the overall planning, direction, and management of all programs and activities of the Museum. The Museum stewards the nation’s foremost stamp collection and is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history as it pertains to the history of American postal operations and philately using exhibitions, educational public and online programs and research to make this rich history available to scholars, philatelists, collectors, post office employees and retirees and visitors from around the world. The Museum develops collaborative programs and activities with other Smithsonian and U.S. museums and maintains relations with the postal museums of other countries on a national level. The Museum is served by a Smithsonian-U.S. Postal Service Coordinating Committee, a Council of Philatelists and an Advisory Council. The Director is appointed by the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and reports on all matters relating to NPM through the Smithsonian’s Provost/Under Secretary for Museums & Research.

View full job description and apply online.

THE MUSEUM
NPM-exterior2The National Postal Museum was created on November 6, 1990 in a joint agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the United States Postal Service and opened to the public on July 30, 1993. The Museum is located next to Union Station and near the U.S. Capitol, in the historic City Post Office Building, which was constructed in 1914 and served as the Washington, D.C., Post Office from 1914 through 1986. The Museum occupies 100,000 square feet of the building with 35,000 square feet devoted to exhibition space. The Museum also houses a 6,000-square-foot research library, a stamp store and a museum shop. Admission to the museum is free to the public and annual attendance ranges from about 350,000 to 400,000.

The National Postal Museum houses one of the largest and most significant philatelic and postal history collections in the world with more than 6 million items including prestigious U.S. and international postal issues and specialized collections, archival postal documents and historic artifacts. The Museum is home to William H. Gross Stamp Gallery-the largest stamp gallery in the world. The Museum’s many exhibition galleries present America’s postal history from colonial times to the present. Onsite educational programs in the Byrne Education Loft amplify the museum experience for visiting teachers and students. The National Postal Museum’s Library Research Center-a branch of Smithsonian Institution Libraries-is among the world’s largest and most comprehensive library resources on philately and postal history with more than 40,000 volumes and manuscript holdings.

NPM-interior2The museum conducts and supports scholarship, research and publication on philately and postal history, participates fully with the philatelic and postal service community, and sponsors numerous activities including the annual Sundman lecture and the Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award. It has a robust online presence that is a resource to scholars, collectors, teachers and students. Its online resource, Arago, pioneered curatorial crowd-sourcing, while projects with U.S. Postal Service oral history, and the development of the postal industry invite strong constituent participation. Active educational programs provide activities, curriculum and special programs reaching teachers and students across the nation and around the world. The Museum has initiated and promoted a variety of programs with other Smithsonian museums such as the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Anacostia Community Museum, that encourage telling the diverse stories of American history and the American people.

The Museum has a highly motivated staff of some three dozen, not counting Smithsonian security and maintenance personnel. NPM’s annual operating budget is about $5-6 million with about $3 million in an annual allotment from the U.S. Postal Service and the remainder from the Smithsonian’s appropriation and from fundraising. Additionally, the Smithsonian annually provides over $4 million from central federal funds for security and maintenance costs. The Museum has a small endowment of about $3 million.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Provides the intellectual vision and overall leadership for NPM, its staff, supporters and volunteers, and serves as the key communicator for the Museum to the public and other constituencies. Formulates both high level strategic and operational plans for NPM to achieve its overall mission, defines program goals, objectives, and priorities, and issues policy guidelines, as appropriate, for program operations and consistent with Smithsonian strategic plans and policies.

2. Develops and maintains a good working relationship with the United States Postal Service (USPS). Convenes regular meetings of the USPS/Smithsonian Coordinating Committee to coordinate support, review plans, and address issues that bear on the success of the museum. Participates in the operation of the NPM Museum Advisory Council and the Council of Philatelists.

3. Provides executive leadership and direction to all NPM departments in the planning, development, and management of museum programs and activities. Develops and maintains standards and criteria for program development and execution. Develops and monitors short- and long- range program plans covering all aspects of museum operations, including new acquisitions, collections management, conservation, digitization, and dissemination, fundraising, external affairs, research, publications, exhibits, public service, and facilities management, where applicable. Makes major policy decisions concerning NPM programs, including matters relating to budget, staffing, organization and facilities. Continually evaluates program operations and initiatives, and directs management studies to achieve improvements. Coordinates closely with the Smithsonian central offices, USPS and GSA on building operations, visitor services and support functions.

4. Plans, directs and is deeply engaged in effective fundraising initiatives to support NPM programs and operations. Efforts include defining projects requiring funding, prioritizing needs, determining potential sources of money (corporate, private, foundation or governmental), and matching the Museum’s needs with the appropriate donors. Oversees and participates in formulating proposals, making approaches, and cultivating donors and works closely with the Coordinating Committee, Museum Advisory Council, and Council of Philatelists in doing so as appropriate. Plans and participates in the Smithsonian’s current national campaign, coordinates efforts with appropriate Smithsonian leadership and offices, and pursues strategies to meet the NPM campaign goal.

5. Develops and implements criteria for acquisition of items into the collection, actively understands and engages with leading philatelists and acts opportunistically to obtain nationally-significant items through gift and purchase for the permanent collection. Seeks advice and support of Coordinating Committee, Museum Advisory Council, and Council of Philatelists regarding proposed acquisitions.

6. Oversees the development, justification, presentation, allocation, execution and control of the annual operating budget for the Museum. Develops budget projections that reflect long-range planning for new and ongoing programs. Reviews budget justifications for and presentation of proposed budgets to the Smithsonian’s Office of Planning, Management and Budget, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Congress.

7. Directs and coordinates the activities of the staff. Develops and implements operating policy, standards, and procedures to assure the continued high quality of staff performance. Develops and administers policies to achieve management objectives in such areas as staff development, labor management, employee relations, affirmative action, and equal employment opportunity. Assures that subordinate supervisors effectively carry out their supervisory responsibilities. Reviews recommendations for personnel actions affecting key subordinates, and acts on major personnel problems referred. Initiates and directs major studies to improve organization, staffing, and operations.

8. Represents the NPM before various constituencies, the media and the general public. Provides leadership in raising the profile and public awareness of the Museum and in developing national constituencies to support the Museum and the Smithsonian.

9. Encourages, explores and develops joint programs in cooperation with other Smithsonian museums, research and educational organizations, the USPS, philatelic, postal history and industry organizations, universities, federal agencies, non-Smithsonian museums, and other appropriate institutions to further NPM’s mission. Assures NPM representation at national and international conferences and meetings, and on national and international committees. Provides expert advice and consultation to federal agencies, professional and other organizations.

10. Works closely with Smithsonian management, fellow directors and various leadership bodies to achieve the Smithsonian’s mission and to improve its effectiveness, efficiency and relevance. Attends high level Smithsonian policy meetings and conferences, making significant contributions to the development of Smithsonian policy and priorities. Participates in Congressional hearings on budget requests and other matters as required.

View full job description and apply online.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED AND KEY SELECTION CRITERIA/IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

The Director of the National Postal Museum will be knowledgeable about philately and postal history through either or both study and experience, and have a significant record of senior level professional leadership in a museum, cultural or educational institution or in the research and educational functions of an agency, business, or foundation. The successful candidate will be a recognized leader in the field. In addition, he/she will ideally have the following experience, qualifications, and skills:

• LEADERSHIP . An accomplished professional with executive leadership experience, either within a museum or a comparable setting with a similarly complex organizational structure, culture, constituencies, and constraints. Must be able to clearly and compellingly articulate a viable, resonating vision that can attract widespread support, and also be comfortable in a large, complex organization that requires creative leadership and collaborative skills to function as both a leader and a collaborator in order to harness the diverse talent within NPM as well as among the Smithsonian’s diverse museums, research centers, and education units and other collegial institutions and organizations. Ability to facilitate the creation and execution of workable agendas within NPM as well as between NPM, various Smithsonian museums and centers and central administration. Exhibits strong listening, negotiation, and communication skills to resolve impasses and remove roadblocks as they arise so as to create the conditions that will allow the project managers to be successful and operate efficiently. Fosters unity, creativity, and innovation, combined with a willingness to take calculated risks, experiment, evaluate results, and adjust as needed. Prior exposure to and success working effectively within a public/private or quasi-governmental entity is a plus;

• PARTNERSHIP. Possesses both the entrepreneurial instincts and the pragmatic skills to define, coordinate and lead collaborative outreach efforts internally and with other museums, organizations and collaborators. Accomplished in engaging business and community leaders, and establishing alliances with other institutions throughout the U.S. and beyond;

• MANAGEMENT. A disciplined, strategic thinker who acts purposefully, collaboratively, and pragmatically to identify and take advantage of resources and opportunities to realize an organization’s fullest potential. Demonstrated experience implementing a strategic plan, evaluating its impact and refining it over time. Experience in managing a professional staff, and a complex, multi-source budget. Able to work effectively with coordinating committee and advisory boards, and partner with other organizations internally and externally to achieve concrete goals and objectives;

• FUNDRAISING. Ability to set fundraising priorities and strategies. Demonstrated fundraising success and acumen with initiating, developing, and stewarding relationships with board members, individual donors, corporate sponsors, foundations, and government funders;

• EXPERTISE . Knowledge of philately and/or the history of American postal operations, in either specializations as well in a broader context that illustrates a larger understanding of the American experience. Demonstrated ability to connect postal history contributions and/or philatelic themes to American endeavors in civic life, technology, business and innovation, environment, community life and national identity over time, as well as ties to events and themes in other nations or world areas. Orientation must demonstrate the candidate’s understanding of the American experience through postal history studies that explain the diverse contributions to American history; and philatelic studies toward understanding and valuing the cultures of diverse peoples and communities, both in America and worldwide. Ability to understand the NPM’s assets and distinctive capabilities and develop an intellectually coherent and articulate perspective that will attract funding, talent, and institutional partners;

• PROGRAMMATIC PROWESS . Experience and demonstrated results in well-presenting philately and/or postal history, its aesthetics, contributions, themes and issues through exhibitions, scholarly research, public programming, publications and digital means including websites, applications and social media. Ability to identify and analytically assess elements of NPM’s program, work collaboratively with staff, partners and supporters to prioritize, iteratively evaluate, and efficiently enact program plans with a view to serving constituencies, achieving optimal impact, enhancing NPM’s reputation and standing, and garnering support and critical acclaim;

• COMMUNICATION. Demonstrated success in developing communication strategies and personally articulate and effective in communicating institutional goals, priorities, and accomplishments in both private and public settings. Ability to serve as the external face of the Smithsonian and NPM, inspiring confidence in its capabilities and building its profile as a distinctive national asset and source of public understanding and programming.

SALARY $200,000 – $240,000

CONTACT
Suleyka Lozins
Smithsonian Institution | Office of Human Resources
Tel: 202.633.6334 | Fax: 202.312.2930 | LozinsS@si.edu

SUBMISSION: Please submit your resume and cover letter to ExecutiveResources@si.edu.

When crafting your cover letter and/or resume, please provide detailed information on your background and experience in the following areas: entrepreneurial instincts and coalition building; management; fundraising; and philately and/or postal history expertise, familiarity or interest

Museum Director Kane To Retire

[press release]
Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum Director Allen Kane to Retire

allen_kane_captionAllen Kane, Director of the National Postal Museum (NPM) will be retiring in January 2017.  Allen became director of the NPM in 2002 after serving more than 30 years with the United States Postal Service (USPS) in a variety of senior leadership positions.  At the USPS, one of the accomplishments of which Allen is proudest was his management of the Gulf War Crisis Team, which ensured the successful delivery of 2.5 million pounds of mail per day to US troops.

In his fourteen-year tenure at the Postal Museum, Allen has overseen many remarkable exhibitions and public programs while also making the museum a world-renowned research resource.  His most notable accomplishment was the development and opening of the William H. Gross Gallery in 2013, which doubled the size of the Museum and made the NPM the largest center for philately in the world.  During his tenure, the NPM exhibited many rarely seen and internationally famous stamps, as well as important collections such as the Benjamin Miller Collection and the Royal Collection of Queen Elizabeth II.  He arranged for the long term loan of the U.S. Postmaster General’s collection and for the acquisition of the world’s rarest stamp, the British Guiana 1-Cent Magenta. The award-winning collections website Arago made its debut during Allen’s tenure, providing unprecedented access to the philately and postal history collections of the Museum and encouraging expert involvement in their curation. The NPM built on that participatory model in developing website features for acquiring oral histories of postal workers and for documenting the incredibly broad and robust mailing industry. Allen strongly encouraged research and educational programs with sister Smithsonian museums, readily welcomed school groups, initiated the building of the Byrne educational loft, and began the Maynard Sundman lecture series.

Most recently, Kane led a major research effort to tell the story of “America’s Mailing Industry,” partnering with mailing industry associations, the U.S. Postal Service and hundreds of companies in the industry. The research project launched as a virtual exhibition and will also include a physical exhibition at the museum in Washington, D.C.

Kane’s ability to run a cost-effective operation utilizing a large number of volunteers to supplement a small staff resulted in enormous progress for the museum, including unprecedented brand image and public relations outreach.

About the National Postal Museum:
NPM-exterior2The National Postal Museum is devoted to presenting the colorful and engaging history of the nation’s mail service and showcasing one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of stamps and philatelic material in the world. It is located at 2 Massachusetts Avenue N.E., Washington, D.C., across from Union Station. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). For more information about the Smithsonian, please call (202) 633-1000 or visit the museum website at www.postalmuseum.si.edu.

The job posting for the position is here.

U.S. Natl Postal Museum Sept. 21-22 Events

From the Smithsonian National Postal Museum:

npm logoThe National Postal Museum offers a series of public lectures and programs welcoming the National Museum of African American History and Culture to the Smithsonian family! In keeping with the new museum’s location in one of America’s most famous national parks—the National Mall—these programs will feature park rangers and other speakers spotlighting National Park Service sites associated with African American history. Many of these NPS sites are also featured in the National Postal Museum’s current exhibition Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks, on view until March 25, 2018.

Lunchtime Lecture
September 21, 2016 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Join National Park Service Ranger Nathan Johnson for a discussion of the life and home of Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist, human rights advocate and journalist who was one of the most prominent African Americans of the 19th century. Ranger Johnson works at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Anacostia, Douglass’s residence at the time of his death in 1895.

NPM-exterior2Evening Program
September 22, 2016 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
“African American Visionaries and the Mail”
A panel explores the ways that Maggie L. Walker, Booker T. Washington, and George Washington Carver used the mail system to advance their educational and business initiatives. Discussants will be Ajena C. Rogers, Supervisory Park Ranger at Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site in Richmond, Virginia; April Baldwin, Park Guide at Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site in Tuskegee, Alabama; and Susan N. Smith, Winton M. Blount Research Chair at the National Postal Museum.

For more information, visit: http://postalmuseum.si.edu

US Postal Museum Curators Win Award

npm_piazzaAccording to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, Daniel Piazza (right), chief curator of philately, and Calvin Mitchell (left), assistant curator of philately, are the recipients of the 2016 Smithsonian Secretary’s Research Prizes for their exhibit and catalog, “Freedom Just Around the Corner: Black America from Civil War to Civil Rights.”

The awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the Warner Bros. Theater at the National Museum of calvin_mitchellAmerican History from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m.

The prizes include a $2,000 award to be added to the prize winner’s research account. The work submitted by the recipients of the Secretary’s Research Prizes underwent peer review and the finalists were recommended by a committee representing research areas across the spectrum of Smithsonian scholarship.

Osborne To Speak At APS Tiffany Dinner

Stamp designer Michael Osborne will be the featured speaker at the American Philatelic Society’s Tiffany Dinner, which will be held on the first evening of APS StampShow, Thursday evening, August 4th, in Portland, Oregon.

The Dinner this year is sponsored by H.R. Harmer Inc.

osbornOsborne is President and Creative Director of the Palo Alto-based Michael Osborne Design. Established in 1981, the firm’s work in private label and brand package design has garnered awards from all major competitions, and has been recognized by many industry publications including a feature article in Communication Arts, 2011. Osborne’s work is included in the permanent collections of the SFMOMA, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.

FromMeToYouHe designed the 2002 and 2004 Love stamps, the 2006 Wedding stamp set, the 2007 Patriotic Banner and the Spectrum Eagle stamps for the USPS, and in April, 2015 his stamp set “From Me To You” was released.

He has been a featured speaker at numerous design conferences, schools, and universities. Michael received his undergraduate degree at Art Center College of Design, 1978, and his MFA at the Academy of Art University, 2007, where he has taught advanced Package Design since 1991. In the summer of 2006 Michael was the recipient of the prestigious AIGA Fellow Award.

Tickets for the Tiffany Dinner are available here.

Here’s Michael Osborne at the first-day ceremony for his Love Stamp designs at APS StampShow 2002 in Atlantic City, NJ: osborne2002

APS Honors Volunteers

[press release]
The American Philatelic Society has conferred the annual Nicholas G. Carter Volunteer Recognition Awards. The awards are named for the APS president from 2007-2008 who helped create the awards. They are offered in four different categories: national, local, young adult and youth. All but the youth award require a minimum of five years of service to philately. [These awards will be presented at the General Membership Meeting, Saturday morning August 6th at StampShow in Portland, Oregon. – VSC]

National Promotion/Service

Don Chenevert joined the APS in 2003 and subsequently the society has welcomed three more of his family members: his father in 2007, his oldest son in 2009, and his daughter in 2013. Don has strongly served philately by chairing the Young Philatelic Leader Fellowship Advisory Board from 2010 through 2015, serving as an instructor of the Basic Stamp Collecting course of StampCampus since 2011, assisting with Stamp Collecting 101 workshops at APS stamp shows, and serving on the APS Membership Committee.

Joe Crosby has served as chair of the Okpex World Series of Philately show since 1997. He has competitively shown at least six different exhibits and had several articles published in the Chronicle of US Philatelic Classics, for which he has served as “Bank Note Period” editor. He has served on the board of the United States Philatelic Classics Society and as its fundraising committee chair. Joe helped establish the Classics Society Room at the American Philatelic Center.

Terry Dempsey joined the APS Membership Committee in 2011 and quickly agreed to serve as vice chair. Terry succeeded Steven Rod as committee chair and served in this position until August 2015, although he remains as a member of the committee. Under Terry’s leadership, a series of “Membership Matter” articles was begun in The American Philatelist. The Membership Committee also began providing biannual reports to the APS Board of Directors and at the general meeting for the APS winter and summer shows.

Kathy Johnson joined the APS as a junior member in 1976. She served as head of the British Commonwealth Study Group of the Junior Philatelists of America and served as president of the JPA during 1981 and 1982. She exhibited Victorian-era Ceylon and wrote a monthly column, “The Junior Philatelist” for The American Philatelist.

After a nearly 30-year hiatus from the hobby for career and family, Kathy attended the Women Exhibitors Seminar at the American Philatelic Center in 2009. Shortly thereafter, she returned for the Summer Seminar and volunteered to serve on the Membership and Long Range Planning committees. In November 2009, she was selected by the board to fill a vacancy for director at large. She them moved on to a full elected term as APS treasurer.

At the same time, Kathy became involved with the Chicago Philatelic Society and the Collectors Club of Chicago, doing extensive volunteer work for both organizations. Subsequently, she has become an accredited judge and recently captained the winning team in the competition at AmeriStamp Expo.

Denise Stotts joined the APS in 1990 by which time she already had a strong record of service to the hobby. In the 1980s she made a name for herself in Ohio serving the Euclid Stamp Club Show for 10 years and the Garfield Perry Stamp Club and Ohio Postal History Society before relocating to Houston, Texas. Despite her move to Texas she remains secretary of the Ohio Postal History Society and an active member of the Garfield Perry March Party Committee nearly 25 years later.

She no sooner arrived in Texas than she became a board member for the Houston Philatelic Society in 1993 and the following year began more than 20 years of service as show chair for the Greater Houston Stamp Expo. In 2000, she became awards director for the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors. In 2004, she assumed the same position for the United States Stamp Society and also became awards director for the Women Exhibitors in 2009.

Denise served as assistant director for volunteers for Washington 2006 and bin room coordinator for New York 2016. Here APS service includes membership on the Chapter Activities, Ethics and Election Review committees, the local committee chair for AmeriStamp Expo 1998, the Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship Advisory Board, and Director-at-Large from 2007 through 2011.

Local Promotion/Service

ButterlineMark Butterline is the executive director of the Boston 2026 World Stamp Show. He is president of the Northeastern Federation of Stamp Clubs and the assistant chairman of Philatelic Show (WSP show in Boxborough, Massachusetts). He is a past president of the Pitcairn Islands Study Group and a member of the Waltham Stamp Club, and the Philatelic Group of Boston. He also was in charge of volunteers for the recent World Stamp Show-New York 2016

Richard Colberg has served as treasurer of the Pennsylvania Postal History Society for the last nine years. Dick is the resident philatelic scholar for the Philatelic Society of Lancaster County. He is involved with the club’s annual show, Lancopex, including the main handling of the exhibit frames and exhibit mounting. He also did the same for the 2012 National Topical Stamp Show held in Lancaster. Dick has been president of the Lebanon Stamp Club for more than 20 years. Finally, we are grateful that Volunteer Week at the APS is on Dick’s calendar every summer.

Edie and Dale Eggen have served as society liaisons, meeting coordinators, and coordinate docent tours at Westpex for many years. There, volunteer service to the show was recognized with the Mae and Frank Vignola Service Award in 2009.

A member of at least a dozen stamp clubs, Glenn Estus has been particularly active in the Empire State Postal History Society and the Vermont Philatelic Society, for which he has served as president and webmaster. He was part of the organizing committee for Stamp Expo 400 held in Albany, New York, serves as auction manager for Sports Philatelists International and is active in stamp collecting message boards.

Vince King, serves as president of the Texas Postal History Society, and is the 2nd Vice President of the Texas Philatelic Association. As a member of the Collectors Club of Dallas, he served as the awards chairman and bourse chairman of Texpex. He was awarded the Texas Philatelic Association’s “2011 Distinguished Philatelic Texan” award for service and achievements in the field.

In more than 30 years of work, Bruce Roberts has influenced hundreds of collectors and has contributed dramatically to the growth and continuance of the hobby in Knoxville and throughout the Southeast. In 1980, Bruce was one of the founding members of the Expo City Stamp club in Knoxville, later named the Knoxville Philatelic Society. He has continued as a member for more than 25 years, and is one of only two founding members still in the club. Bruce served as president of KPS in 2005, exhibits chair for Knoxpex 2005, and bourse chair for more than 25 stamp shows in Knoxville and Oak Ridge between 1981 and 2003. He has served as exhibits chair for the Southeast Stamp Show several times.

Bruce also is an accomplished philatelist and philatelic researcher. He has published a number of articles in the national philatelic press, including, The Chronicle of the US Classics Society, The Confederate Philatelist, The Philatelic Exhibitor, The Ohio Postal History Journal and Tennessee Posts, the Journal of the Tennessee Postal History Society. Bruce is unquestionably the authority on the postal history of Arkansas, including pre-statehood. He began exhibiting his Arkansas Postal History exhibit at the local club level throughout the southeast more than three decades ago and has since won multiple WSP grand awards.

A specialist in New Jersey postal history, Robert G. Rose serves as president of the New Jersey Postal History Society and editor of its journal. He is chairman of the Philatelic Foundation, a regional vice president of the United States Philatelic Classics Society and chairman and board member of Nojex. He has lectured on various aspects of New Jersey postal history at The Collectors Club, the New York chapter of the U. S. Philatelic Classics Society, Stamp Show 2002, and Nojex.

Robert Stahl is a retired postal employee who has been a valuable contributor to the St. Louis Stamp Expo since 2006. He teaches children about the history of the post office and the history of stamps. Outside of the St. Louis Stamp Expo he talks to many grade school classes and Wee Deliver clubs that still exist. He has also runs many stamp design contests for youth.

Maurice D. Wozniak has collected stamps since the mid-1950s. Following a career that included serving as editor of Stamp Collector and The Stamp Wholesaler, Wozniak became a valuable volunteer at the local level including service as president of the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs. He was elected to its Hall of Fame in 2009 and continues to remain active currently serving as the Federation’s Northeast vice president and chair of the Hall of Fame Committee.

Outstanding Young Adult Philatelist (ages 25 to 40)

James Weigant has been a stamp collector since 1991 and an APS member since 2004. His primary collecting interests are 1898-1950 US commemoratives, 4th Bureau issues, U.S. airmail, and Osage County, Oklahoma postal history. He is a member of the Oklahoma Postal History Society, Tulsa Stamp Club, and the Petroleum Philatelic Society International. He has performed a number of projects for the APS membership committee, including reviewing all APS affiliate websites to see if they include the APS logo, and/or links to the APS website, and making phone calls to new members to see if they have any questions. James also serves as a stamp collecting merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts.

James attended his first APS StampShow in 2011 and subsequently joined the YPLF Advisory Board. In 2014, he and three other young collectors came up with the concept of the Young Friends of the APS, for APS members between ages 20 and 50. He now serves as informal chief organizer for the group which has met at the last three APS summer and winter shows. James exhibited for the first time at Okpex 2014 and has written a few philatelic articles.

Outstanding Young Philatelist (ages 15 to 24)

In 2010, at age 13, Casey Cook became a member of the Young Stamp Collectors of America. Two years later, he was accepted as a Young Philatelic Leader Fellow. Following his year as a fellow, Casey joined the YPLF Advisory Board as alumni coordinator. Casey has continued to attend most of the APS summer and winter shows where he has served as a mentor for YPLF fellows and provided volunteer assistance. He assists with the YPLF Facebook page and blog and has written for the newsletter for YPLF supporters. He also wrote a paper on the U.S. banknotes for school.