On-The-Road Courses

Courses are held at the APC and prior to WSP shows throughout the year. Topics vary, but have included identifying fakes and forgeries, how to become a dealer, stamp technology, and more. If you would like to request an On-The-Road Course for your event please fill out this form.

Summer Seminar

The Summer Seminar on Philately features four days of classes, workshops, general sessions, and camaraderie. It offers attendees the opportunity to learn more about the hobby from knowledgeable collectors - authors, judges, exhibitors, expertizers, etc.

Online Learning

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On-The-Road Course Listing

Competitive Thematic Exhibiting in North America

Learn how to prepare a thematic exhibit or how to improve your thematic exhibit for competition at the national level in North America.  The course is suitable for novice or advanced exhibitors and will enable judges to more effectively evaluate thematic exhibits.

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Know the differences between topical, thematic, and display type exhibits.
  • Know the differences between the guidance in the APS Manual of Judging and Exhibiting (MOJE7) and FIP rules.
  • Utilize current best practices and fashions in preparing exhibits.
  • Use the Big 4 criteria in preparing and evaluating thematic exhibits.
  • Prepare a better exhibit from Title and Plan pages to a logical conclusion.

Day of Course: Thu, 25 Apr 2019, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Taught by: Phil Stager

Location: WESTPEX - The San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, 1800 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010

Cost: $45 for members, $95 for non-members

Registration Deadline: 03/30/19 11:59 p.m.

Introduction to the Seaposts: Ship Letters, Packet Mail, Paquebots and More

Discover the Rich History of the Seaposts

Explore the many aspects of how mail was transported across the oceans. Examine the “four pillars” of postal history: rates, routes, means, and marks. Delve into the technological and postal innovations that enabled the explosive growth of European empires beginning with the Age of Exploration. Traverse through the rich history of the Seaposts while learning more about the ships that sailed, postal contracts, and the role of the Universal Postal Union. Topics will include:
• Early ship letters
• Packet Ship mail
• Naval maritime mail
• Sea Post Offices
• Paquebots
• Ocean Letters
• Catapult mail

Day of Course: Thu, 25 Jul 2019, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Taught by: Gary Loew

Location: Americover - Renaissance St. Louis Airport 9801 Natural Bridge Rd St. Louis, Missouri 63134

Cost: $45 for members, $95 for non-members

Registration Deadline: 06/30/19 11:59 p.m.

Postal History of the Holocaust

Explore the different facets of the Holocaust during World War Two, through covers and correspondence from the period. Walk through the origins of this period, the laws passed, the treatment of the Jews, and the establishment of ghettos. Learn about concentration camps and other camps of inmate labor and death. Discuss the model ghetto Theresienstadt, the liberation from camps, and the establishment of Israel. This history creates rich opportunities to collect compelling and meaningful postal history.

  • Anti-Semitic  cancels,  postcards and labels 
  • Anti-Jewish Laws as depicted on mail
  • Establishment of Ghetto post offices and postal markings
  • Theresienstadt post office incoming and outgoing mail
  • Concentration Camps postal stationary types: both outgoing and incoming mail
  • Sub Camps cancels and return addresses
  • Judenlagers (Jewish Camps) locations
  • Liberation and Displace Persons Camps mail
  • Israel’s Establishment

Day of Course: Thu, 1 Aug 2019, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Taught by: Justin Gordon

Location: StampShow - CHI Health Center Omaha 455 N 10th St Omaha, NE 68102

Cost: $45 for members, $95 for non-members

Registration Deadline: 06/30/19 11:59 p.m.

Post Office Historical Research Techniques Supporting Cover Documentation

An overview of Railway Post Office personnel and their distribution functions to understand postal history cover markings that can support exhibit development.

Day of Course: Fri, 2 Aug 2019, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Taught by: Dr. Frank Scheer

Location: StampShow - CHI Health Center Omaha 455 N 10th St Omaha, NE 68102

Cost: $45 for members, $95 for non-members

Registration Deadline: 06/30/19 11:59 p.m.

Applying Different Philatelic Lenses to the Trans-Mississippi Issue

This course will use the Trans-Mississippi stamps to demonstrate how different specialized fields of study are interconnected, and will explain how to research stamps from different collecting angles.

Day of Course: Sat, 3 Aug 2019, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Taught by: Casey Jo White

Location: StampShow - CHI Health Center Omaha 455 N 10th St Omaha, NE 68102

Cost: $45 for members, $95 for non-members

Registration Deadline: 06/30/19 11:59 p.m.

Introduction to the Seaposts: Ship Letters, Packet Mail, Paquebots and More

Discover the Rich History of the Seaposts

Explore the many aspects of how mail was transported across the oceans. Examine the “four pillars” of postal history: rates, routes, means, and marks. Delve into the technological and postal innovations that enabled the explosive growth of European empires beginning with the Age of Exploration. Traverse through the rich history of the Seaposts while learning more about the ships that sailed, postal contracts, and the role of the Universal Postal Union. Topics will include:
• Early ship letters
• Packet Ship mail
• Naval maritime mail
• Sea Post Offices
• Paquebots
• Ocean Letters
• Catapult mail

Day of Course: Thu, 19 Sep 2019, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Taught by: Gary Loew

Location: Milcopex - Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport, 6401 South 13th St. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53221

Cost: $25 for members, $75 for non-members (a portion of this course is being subsidized by a private donation)

Registration Deadline: 08/18/19 11:59 p.m.

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StampShow/NTSS 2019

Omaha, Nebraska | August 1-4, 2019