Deadline Soon to Enroll in Western Expansion Postal History Course

The American Philatelic Society, in conjunction with upcoming Westpex, is presenting a two-day seminar, “Western Expansion: As Illustrated Through Postal History.”

Students are urged to sign up now as the deadline to register is March 30.

The course will explain in philatelic terms how California and other U.S. western areas expanded government and business efforts that affected nations and governments to the west by United States presence or ownership. Areas covered include: Hawaii; Mexican-American War results in U.S. expansion; Japan from 1853–1912; the Philippines — Dewey through the Spanish-American War; and U.S. involvement in the Chinese Boxer Rebellion.

The course moderated by John Birkinbine II and led by eight instructors will be held 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26 and 27 at the San Francisco Marriott Waterfront Hotel just prior to that weekend’s stamp show.

The cost is $95, but just $55 for APS members. Registration due this week via, or by contacting the APS Education Department, 814-933-3803 or