Summer Seminar Online

Summer Seminar Online will offer APS members an opportunity to participate in more than 50 different learning experiences during the month of June.  Pick and choose from a wide variety of topics and interest areas.  Seminars will be offered once, at a scheduled time, and last for approximately an hour.  Courses will also be offered at scheduled times but involve several meetings.  Presenters are all philatelic experts and accomplished writers, exhibitors, dealers, and specialized collectors.  All sessions will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing (for a fee) on the C3a learning platform. 


June 1-30, 2020


Online, using GoToWebinar


$10 for one hour courses.  

Courses with multiple sessions are priced accordingly.  (Courses are available to APS members only)

**Free sessions on Fridays, and free tutorials and Monday preview meetings


Registration for ALL sessions is OPEN! 
Go to the eCommerce site on the C3a Learning Platform to register at 
If you don't have a C3a account, log onto the APS website and then navigate to

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Catalog of Courses:

Summer Seminar Online Course Catalog (PDF) 

What you need to participate:

•A computer or mobile device with internet access
•Video and microphone are helpful but NOT neccessary (you can communicate through a chat box)
•No internet access? You can join GoToWebinar by phone to hear the presentation, however you will be unable to see any part of the presentation. 

Questions or Comments?:

Call: 814-933-3810 or Email:


Save the Date for Summer Seminar 2021

June 20-24, 2021

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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