Summer Seminar Frequently Asked Questions

What is Summer Seminar?

Summer Seminar is a once-a-year learning opportunity appropriate for beginning to advanced collectors. All courses are led by philatelic experts who are accomplished writers, exhibitors, expertizers, dealers, and specialized collectors.

Where is Summer Seminar held?

The APS Summer Seminar on Philately is a yearly event held at the American Philatelic Center (APC), the home of the American Philatelic Society (APS) and the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL). The APC is located in central Pennsylvania at 100 Match Factory Place in Bellefonte, PA.

What are the dates for this year’s Summer Seminar?

The 41st Annual Summer Seminar runs from Monday, June 22 to Thursday, June 25, 2020.

How much does it cost?

Costs for APS members registering prior to March 31, 2020
$550 for one 4-day course or two 2-day courses
$300 for one Monday/Tuesday, 2-day course
$350 for one Wednesday/Thursday, 2-day course

Costs for APS members registering after March 31, 2019 but prior to June 1, 2020
$575 for one 4-day course or two 2-day courses
$325 for one Monday/Tuesday, 2-day course
$375 for one Wednesday/Thursday, 2-day course

Costs for non-APS members registering prior to June 1, 2019
$675 for one 4-day course or two 2-day courses
$425 for one Monday/Tuesday, two-day course
$475 for one Wednesday/Thursday, two-day course

All registrations received after June 1, 2020 will be assessed a $50 late fee and will only be accepted if there is room in the course(s) chosen

What is included in my registration fee?

Your registration fee covers seven hours of learning opportunities each day, all course materials, daily general sessions and electives on a wide variety of topics, and access to the American Philatelic Research Library, circuit sales, stamp & cover gift shop, and the expertizing reference collection. Some meals and daily snacks are also included. The Summer Seminar registration fee does not include housing.

Where can I stay?

There are many lodging options available in close proximity to the American Philatelic Center, many with special pricing for APS members. To see a complete listing go to:

What should I wear?

Business casual or casual attire is acceptable for all Summer Seminar attendees. Dress with comfort in mind. Some rooms may be warm or cool, so dressing in layers is recommended.

What is the refund policy if I find I can’t attend?

Registrants canceling on or before May 15, 2019 may receive a refund, less a $50 cancellation fee.

Registrants canceling after May 15, 2019 are not eligible to receive any refunds.

Registrants who fail to attend Summer Seminar will forfeit all funds.

Requests for refunds must be made in writing to: Director of Education, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823; e-mail

In the case of a medical emergency after May 15, 2019, contact the APS Director of Education.

What courses are being offered this year?

The 2020 Summer Seminar course catalog is currently under development. The course catalog can be viewed online or downloaded. Contact the APS Education Department if you would like a course catalog sent to you by mail.

What is the daily schedule (Monday – Thursday)?

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. General Session
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Break
9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Courses in Session
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 – 3:00 p.m. Courses in Session
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Electives

What is a “General Session”?

General Sessions run from 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. each morning of Summer Seminar and are held in Sundman Hall. A different speaker and topic will be featured each day. All Summer Seminar participants and instructors are invited to attend. General announcements will also be made during this time.

This year’s general session speakers and their topics:
Monday – Scott English, APS Executive Director, “Finding the 21st Century Collector”
Tuesday – Paul Campbell, “FDR as a Stamp Collector”
Wednesday – TBA
Thursday – Richard Colberg, “What is My Collection Worth?”

What is an “Elective”?

Electives run from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday of Summer Seminar. Summer Seminar attendees will be able to select from a list of presenters and topics each day.

Do I need to sign up for electives (or general sessions) in advance?

There is no need for Summer Seminar participants to sign up for daily electives or general sessions, just show up and enjoy! Presenters spend a lot of time preparing their programs, so please support their efforts. General session and elective topics and presenters will be described in the Summer Seminar program booklet that each participant will receive with their registration materials.

What is the Wednesday evening “Distinguished Philatelist” dinner?

The Summer Seminar Distinguished Philatelist is recognized at the Distinguished Philatelist dinner. The Distinguished Philatelist award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the hobby for many years while displaying dedication, leadership and commitment. The 2019 honoree will be Wayne Youngblood. The evening begins at 4:45 p.m. with a social hour/reception at the “Big Spring Spirits”. A buffet dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Sundman Hall. The evening’s program will feature a keynote address by Wayne Youngblood.

How can I register for Summer Seminar?

Register Online to process your payment and registration quickly.

To register by mail, print the registration form, enclose a check or submit credit card information with the form. Mail registrations to: American Philatelic Society, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823. The form can also be sent electronically as an attachment to

You may also register by calling the APS Education Department at 814.933.3810.

What is the “check-in” procedure when I arrive at Summer Seminar?

Check-in will be located at the reception desk in the Lobby of the American Philatelic Center during the times listed below:

Students of 4-day courses or Monday/Tuesday 2-day courses may check-in and pick up their registration materials on either, Sunday, June 23rd between 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. or Monday, June 24th between 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

Students of Wednesday/Thursday 2-day courses may check-in and pick up their registration materials on either, Tuesday, June 25th between 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. or Wednesday, June 26th between 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

Can I visit Circuit Sales during my visit?

Circuit Sales will be open for extended hours just for Summer Seminar participants. You will be able to purchase items and save on shipping costs.

Will the American Philatelic Research Library be open?

The Library will be open for extended hours just for Summer Seminar participants. You will be able to browse the library’s open stacks, search the online catalog, and receive reference assistance.

Will there be opportunities to purchase items from Stamp Store or APS Specialty Items and Publications?

Yes! You will be able to purchase items from Stamp Store and/or APS Specialty items and publications during your visit and save on shipping costs!

Will there be tours of the facility?

Yes. The first tour of the facility will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 23rd and will begin in the lobby of the APC. Additional tour times will be listed in your registration materials that can be picked up in the lobby of the APC starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 23rd.

What food will be served?

View the tentative menu for served meals. There will also be snacks available in Sundman Hall during both the morning and afternoon breaks.

What if I have special dietary needs?

If you have special dietary needs, please contact the APS Education Department no later than June 1, 2019.

What should I bring?

You may want to bring your favorite pair of tongs and a lighted magnifier. If a course has specific items that students need to bring, you will be notified via email.

What if I arrive prior to the start of Summer Seminar?

A local stamp club is hosting a stamp show, SCOPEX, at the APC on Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd. You are encouraged to attend!

I am bringing a guest; will there be things for her/him to do?

Guests are welcome at food functions with advanced paid registration. Costs for meals: $65 for Wednesday dinner and $25 for each lunch. Visit the Bellefonte Area Chamber of Commerce website for ideas on “things to do” in the area.

How can I get more information?

Contact the APS Education Department at or call 814.933.3810.

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