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2020 Postal History Symposium

Welcome to the virtual 2020 Postal History Symposium jointly sponsored by the American Philatelic Research Library, the American Philatelic Society,  the Smithsonian National Postal Museum and this year the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society.. The biennial symposium  which has been held since 2006 provides a forum for philatelists, academic scholars, postal historians, and the interested public to discuss and present research, through presentations and exhibits, that integrates philately or the history of postal operations into the broader context of world history. This year's theme is Postal Innovation of the Classic Era - Evolution Leading to Modernization.


To register for the 2020 Postal History Symposium you must first Log in on If you have not already made an account on the APS website creating one is free and easy (Note: you do not need to be an APS member to create an online account ). Just follow the instructions for Making an Account. Once you have an online APS account, then register for the symposium by clicking the "Register for Postal History Symposium" button. Once registered you will receive an email confirmation and then each time you log into the APS website you will already be recognized as a symposium registrant. 



American Philatelic Society

With members in more than 110 countries, the APS is the largest, non-profit organization for stamp collectors in the world. Founded in 1886, the APS serves collectors, educators, postal historians, and the general public by providing a wide variety of programs and services.

The Society is entirely supported by membership dues, gifts, and the sale of publications, specialty items, and services.

Membership in the American Philatelic Society offers a wide variety of benefits and services, including the monthly journal, The American Philatelist. We invite you to apply for APS membership today.

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American Philatelic Research Library

The APRL has one of the world's largest and most accessible collections of philatelic literature. Its nearly four miles of shelving containing more than 23,000 book titles and 5,700 journal titles. 

The library serves the needs of the members of the American Philatelic Society and the public. To learn more about our services and to make a request, view library services. Its current 19,000-square-foot building opened in 2016.

The APRL also publishes a quarterly journal, the Philatelic Literature Review, with a variety of information related to philatelic literature.  Subscribe today!

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National Postal Museum

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately. The museum uses exhibitions, educational public programs and research to make this rich history available to scholars, philatelists, collectors and visitors from around the world.

The National Postal Museum's collection illustrates and invites research into United States philately and postal operations. It contains prestigious postal issues and specialized collections, archival postal documents and three-dimensional objects that trace the evolution of the postal services.

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U.S. Philatelic Classics Society

The USPCS are a like-minded group of collectors, authors, exhibitors, educators and students with an abiding interest in the U.S. classic issues from the stampless period through the last decade of the 19th century.  The Society is over 65 years old but has continually improved the educational material and services we bring to our members.

Website content now includes a searchable census of the Postmaster Provisionals and the 1847 issue as well as the U.S. City Despatch Post and Dollar Value Columbians; an ever-expanding group of top-level exhibits; a number of important philatelic archives are available to members and non-members alike.

And so much more… 

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