Minnesota Stamp Expo Begins Friday

The Minnesota Stamp Expo brings three days of philately to the upper Midwest beginning Friday, July 21. The show will be held at the Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive North, Crystal, Minnesota, just northwest of Minneapolis.

The show theme is the Total Solar Eclipse, which will occur August 21 across the United States.

The Minnesota Stamp Expo is part of the annual World Series of Philately and will attract several national-level philatelic exhibits.

More than two dozen dealers will be at the show, as will the U.S. Postal Service (Friday and Saturday only). Philatelic groups on hand will include the American Topical Association, the Northern Philatelic Library, and the Scandinavian Collectors Club.

Jay Bigalke, editor of the The American Philatelist, will represent the American Philatelic Society at the show.

A Boy Scout merit badge activity and youth activities are planned.

The show is sponsored by four groups: the Twin City Philatelic Society, the Lake Minnetonka Stamp Club, Maplewood Stamp Club, and Minnesota Stamp Dealers Association.

The show opens at 10 a.m. each day and closes at 6 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. More information can be found at the show website, www.stampsminnesota.com.

National Topical Show Brewing in
Milwaukee This Weekend

The National Topical Stamp Show (NTSS), sponsored by the American Topical Society, will be held June 23–25 at Milwaukee Crowne Plaza Airport, 6401 S. 13th St., Milwaukee, WI 53221 (Just off I-41, exit 319.) Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10–6, and Sunday 10–3. Parking is free, $5 admission good for all 3 days.

The show will feature:
• 15 dealers
• a cachetmakers bourse
• exhibits treated thematically; that is, they tell a story. Come to see the variety and creativity
• the United Nations Postal Administration will be present with current items for sale
• Birthday Tribute and Program on thematic exhibiting pioneer Mary Ann Owens
• ATA Annual Meeting
• Disney-Themed Beginner/Youth Area
• Silent Auctions all 3 days
• Meetings of ATA-Affiliated Study Units
• What’s in Your Attic? Free Stamp Evaluations
• Tours, Reception, Banquet, Hospitality Room

APS Executive Director Scott English will attend the show, offer special recognition to some ATA members, and make a special announcement at the ATA’s annual meeting at 1 p.m. Friday.

There are programs, society meetings, and special events throughout the show see a complete schedule.

More information is available on the NTSS website or contact the ATA office at 618-985-5100.

Oklahoma Stamp Show June 16–17

The Okpex 2017 stamp show starts today, Friday, June 16, and closes tomorrow Saturday June 17. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The show is being held at the Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Road, Midwest City, OK 73110, located off Interstate 40, just 5 miles east of downtown Oklahoma City.

The show has 13 dealers and the United States Postal Service will also have a booth. There are also competitive and non-competitive exhibits on display.

Both The Oklahoma Philatelic Society, and The Oklahoma Postal History Society will hold their annual meetings at OKPEX 2017. The local chapter of the American Topical Association will hold its 4th OKPEX “Roundtable Meeting” and the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors will hold an “Open Forum on Exhibiting” for exhibitors and those interested in becoming exhibitors.

Scott Tiffney, APRL Reference Assistant, will be staffing an APS table at the show.

For more information, visit its website.

Columbus, Ohio Stamp Show, June 16–17

Colopex 2017, sponsored by the Columbus Philatelic Club Inc., will be held June 16–17 at Rhodes Center, Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Avenue Exit 111, Columbus, Ohio. Show hours are Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission is free, parking is $5 for the day.

The show will feature:
• 25+ Dealers
• Exhibits
• & much more!

Please visit the APS Booth and meet Jeff Stage, Editorial Associate, The American Philatelist, during the show.

For more information visit the Colopex website.

Washington D.C. Area Show, June 9–11

Napex 2017 will be June 9–11, at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Virginia. Bourse hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Philatelic exhibits hours are Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
The show will feature:
• more than 200 frames of exhibits
• 80 dealers
• Alan Blair Auction presented by Emerald Ventures will hold an auction Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

The U.S. Postal Service, U.N. Postal Administration, and Israel Philatelic Agency of North American will be present.

Scott English, APS Executive Director, will host a Town Hall meeting Friday at 11 a.m. and Tom Horn, APS Director of Special Projects will host an APS Chapter Ambassadors Meeting Friday at 3 p.m.

Additional details, schedule and directions can be found on the show website.