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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, experts, dealers, and specialized collectors.


June 21-25, 2020


Early Bird Registration runs until March 31st.

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Introduction to Competitive Philatelic Exhibiting

A 2-Day Course Presented by Ken Martin

Wednesday, June 24 – Thursday, June 25, 2020

The stamps and covers in your collection have stories to share. Reveal their tales in your next exhibit.

Course Description:

Let’s start at the very beginning, the basics for putting together a competitive philatelic exhibit. Define subject & scope. Identify material. Establish a story line with a beginning, middle, and end. Design and layout pages. Prepare a title page and synopsis.
Master the steps for preparing an exhibit. Discern the process for entering an exhibit into competition. Use jury feedback sessions, judges’ evaluation forms, and “at frame” critiques to enhance the stories that your stamps and covers have to tell.

Intended Audience:

Individuals who have never exhibited and want to begin doing so.
Collectors who have exhibited locally and are looking to move to the national level.

Meet the Instructor

Ken Martin

A stamp collector since 1975, Ken Martin joined the American Philatelic Society in 1980, began volunteering for the organization in 1982, and became a full time employee in 1995. In his earlier years Ken was president of the Junior Philatelists of America and founded the Penn State Stamp Club. He has been a nationally accredited philatelic judge since 2003.
Outside of philately, Ken is a blood and platelet donor and serves on the board of the Mid-Central Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is also involved with the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau and his local Rotary club.

There are 8 spaces left in this course

Course Listing

4-Day Courses Monday-Thursday (June 22-25)

Important Information

Distinguished Philatelist

Distinguished Philatelist Dennis Gilson

The Summer Seminar Distinguished Philatelist award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated dedication, leadership, and commitment to the hobby. 

Dennis has been a member of the American Philatelic Society since January 1977 and received the 2016 Luff Award and the Century Award Plaque. He is a member of the APEX Expert committee, volunteers regularly at the APC and is an esteemed Summer Seminar Instructor.

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