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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 24. 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 harms 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 years presentations address the wars 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.