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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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1942 cover sent to a civilian internee in Vichy France. The addressee was eventually sent to the death camp at Auschwitz.

Introduction to U.S. Postal History

A 2-Day Course Presented by Jeff Shapiro

Wednesday, June 24 – Thursday, June 25, 2020

Covers, like postage stamps, have stories to tell.

Course Description:

Use clues hidden in plain sight to decipher a cover’s secrets and tell its story. Explore rates, routes, and modes of transportation as you discover the fascinating world of United States postal history. Aspects to be studied include; marcophily, aerophilately, RPOs, military mail, censorship, and much more.
Become a story teller as you use research strategies to discover the history behind the people, places, and businesses linked to your favorite covers.

Intended Audience:

Anyone wishing to understand the complexity of postal history and to use this knowledge to unlock the stories hidden within seemingly common looking covers.

Meet the Instructor

Jeff Shapiro

Jeffrey Shapiro has been a collector since age 6 with philatelic interests in US Twentieth Century postal history.  He is a 30+ year member of the APS and has served on the APS Board of Vice Presidents since 2017.  Jeff is a member of four Boston area stamp clubs as well as the Collectors Club of New York and the Collectors Club of Chicago.

A gold medal winning exhibitor and writer, Jeff became a nationally accredited APS judge in 2000.  Jeff is the Vice President of the United States Stamp Society, Board Member of the Spellman Philatelic Museum and for more than 24 years, Chair of Philatelic Show, an APS WSP national show held annually in Boxborough, Massachusetts.

There are 2 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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