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Summer Seminar 2018

Summer Seminar on Philately is a once-a-year opportunity to expand your philatelic knowledge and meet others who share your passion and interests. All courses are led by philatelic experts who are accomplished writers, exhibitors, expertizers, dealers, and specialized collectors.

Dates: June 24-29, 2018
Location: Hosted at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, PA
Lodging: Facilities near the APS.
Course Catalog: A course catalog which includes course descriptions.
Menu: Tentative Menu
Questions: Frequently Asked Questions

Distinguished Philatelist: Randy Neil has been named the 2018 Summer Seminar Distinguished Philatelist. This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated dedication, leadership, and commitment to the hobby. Randy will be recognized for his philatelic achievements at a banquet in his honor on Thursday, June 28, 2018. (click read Randy's bio)



If you are interested in attending Summer Seminar please call Cathy Brachbill at 814-933-3803 ext. 239 to see if the class you would like to take is full.

2018 Slate of Courses (Click on each course for more information.)

4-Day Courses

(Monday through Thursday)

A Comprehensive Postal History of Great Britain (1510–1850)Doug McGill & Tom Slemons
Immerse yourself in Great Britain’s pre-stamp period and travel through history exploring its evolution from the King’s Post to the postal reform movement that led to the world’s first postal stationery and postage stamps.

Detecting Damaged, Altered, and Repaired StampsIrv Miller
Condition plays an important role when determining a stamp’s value. Enhance your skills for detecting damaged, altered and repaired stamps in order to make better informed buying and selling decisions.

Stamp Technology course is Full.

2-Day Courses


Intermediate ExhibitingBill Schultz
What makes an exhibit’s title and synopsis pages exceptional? Explore new techniques and receive expert advice as you develop your exhibiting expertise.

The Prohibition Movement Course is Cancelled.

Topical Collecting 101Jack Andre Denys
Step into the exciting world of topical collecting! Discover how to choose a topic, conduct research, develop a want list, and obtain elements for a new collecting area.

Washington-Franklins, Pt.1 is Full.

World War II Era Postal HistoryJeffrey Shapiro
Engage in the study of “dirty old covers” to experience the events of World War II. Discover the nuances of postal history, including military mail, censorship and more.

2-Day Courses


Advanced ExhibitingBill Schultz
Delve deeply into exhibit organization, storytelling strategies, and methods for demonstrating and displaying essential philatelic information. Learn from fellow exhibitors and apply new ideas to improve an exhibit.

Federal Taxation of Tobacco and Tobacco Products Course is Cancelled.

Three Kings and Two Queens in New ZealandDan Hubbard
Explore New Zealand philately using the Campbell-Patterson Specialized Catalogue and other specialized publications. Acquire the skills for identifying the characteristics of most pre-1970 definitive issues.

The Washington-Franklins of U.S. Postal Stationery a.k.a. Circular DiesBill Lehr
Discover the fascinating world of postal stationery and its place in history. Develop the skills for recognizing and identifying circular dies associated with U.S. postal stationery (1915–1950).

Washington-Franklins, Pt.2 is Full.


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