AMERICOVER 2019 Offers Exciting and Educational Collecting Opportunities
Americover 2019 — sponsored by the American First Day Cover Society (AFCDS) — will feature a World Series of Philately exhibition, well-known dealers, meetings and seminars, but also social events that celebrate first day cover collecting.
Thursday, July 25
The show will be held July 26-28 in Saint Louis at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, but the fun starts the day before, with not just one but two events.
The American Philatelic Society is offering an On-The-Road Course: “Introduction to Seaposts: Ship Letters, Packet Mail, Paquebots and More,” taught by Gary Loew.
The AFDCS on Thursday the 25th is offering a tour of Saint Louis attractions, with a trip to the top of the Gateway Arch and the updated museum on the ground, a visit to the Old Courthouse, where the Dred Scott slavery-citizenship case began, and a one-hour cruise on the Mississippi River.
There are fees for the APS course and the AFDCS tour.
Friday, July 26
On Friday night, the winners of the AFDCS cachet contest for 2018 issues will be announced at the President’s Banquet, with the winning FDCs projected onto a screen as they are announced.
Saturday, July 27
Saturday features the cachetmakers bourse in the late afternoon and evening - one of the biggest and busiest cachetmakers bourse of any philatelic show. The latter is followed by a food event that includes a Burger Bar and Santa Fe cheesecake brownies. A souvenir cover designed by a well-known burger buff is included in tickets for the meal.
Sunday, July 28
The fun continues at Americover even after the show closes: A post-show dinner will be held at a local restaurant unique to the Saint Louis area.
The show hotel rate at the Renaissance is just $104 — a bargain for a top-of-the-line Marriott hotel — good for July 21 through August 1.
Tickets for the Americover 2019 food events, including a combination package, plus links to the hotel reservation site and APS' OTR course, are available at www.afdcs.org/show The direct link to Americover events is www.afdcs.org/americover/2019events.html
For more information on Americover 2019 and the AFDCS, contact the AFDCS at P.O. Box 16277, Tucson, Ariz. 85732-6277, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.afdcs.org/show. The AFDCS will regularly update their show page as the event approaches.
Looking Towards the Future
So you've registered for Americover 2019 and made plans to trek to St. Louis in July, camera and checkbook in hand - we want to hear from you all about it! Our new blog series "Stamp-Show and Tell" is an opportunity for you to tell your stories and share memories from the philatelic events that you've attended. Read more about how you can participate here: https://stamps.org/Blog/post/tell-your-stories-with-stamp-show-and-tell
The APS is also pleased to announce that Americover 2019 is a spiritual successor of the 2020 StampShow, which will be held in Hartford, Connecticut from August 20-23 and is co-sponsored by the American Philatelic Society, the American First Day Cover Society, and the American Topical Association. We look forward to seeing you there.