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.

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On-The-Road Course Listing

Essays & Proofs

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of the development of United States postage stamps from 1845 - 1893 by the private bank note companies. For each period you will learn about the development of the designs, engravers, and production methods employed to produce the various essays and proofs. While a lecture format will be employed it will be augmented with hands on study of the actual material.
We will look at each of the issues produced by the various bank note companies from 1847 through 1893 when stamp production was assumed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It is this 46-year period that produced the classic U.S. postage stamp issues. Our study will also include background on the engravers and the many experiments conducted.

Day of Course: Thu, 21 Nov 2019, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Taught by: James E. Lee

Location: Chicagopex - Westin Chicago Northwest, 400 Park Blvd. Itasca, Illinois 60143

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

Registration Deadline: 10/20/19 11:59 p.m.

Beginning an Exhibit

Interested in learning how to accelerate the process of putting together an exhibit? Are you a new or beginning exhibitor? If so, plan on attending the On-The-Road Course “Beginning an Exhibit” on the Thursday, February 13 before ARIPEX, at the Mesa Convention Center.
Whether you collect Topicals, First Day Covers, Postal History or other types of material, this workshop will give you the tools to develop your first exhibit. Working with your own material you will learn an adaptive process for developing an exhibit in this fun, highly interactive and hands-on workshop.

Day of Course: Thu, 13 Feb 2020, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Taught by: K. David Steidley and Michael Zolno

Location: Aripex - Mesa Convention Center 263 North Center Street Mesa, AZ 85201-6628

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

Registration Deadline: 01/13/20 11:59 p.m.

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Great American Stamp Show

Hartford, Connecticut | August 20-23, 2020