The 2020 Postal History Symposium is a biennial event, jointly hosted by the American Philatelic Society, the American Philatelic Research Library, the National Postal Museum and this year by the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society. The 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 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.
This year the symposium was re-imagined virtually and rescheduled for October 26-30, 2020. During the five-day virtual symposium there will be postal hsitory research presented on various aspects of postal innovation. Each day will include three speakers presenting virtual sessions.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26
"Postal Innovation in the Classic Era"
Presented by: Scott R. Trepel (Keynote)
"Rise of the American Post 1639-1776"
Presented by: Timothy O'Connor
"Postal History of the Issue of 1847"
Presented by: Gordon Eubanks
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27
"Early Railroads Carry the Mail"
Presented by: James Milgram
"The British Colonial Post Office Controversy: A Letter from the Constitutional Origins of the American Revolution"
Presented by: Anthony Gallagher
"Steaming Mail: Introduction of the First High-Tech Postal Service"
Presented by: John Laurence Busch
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28
"Mails of Navassa Island, The Original Overseas United States Possession, 1876-1898"
Presented by: Ken Lawrence
"Government Post in Hawaii: Creation and Reform – 1849 - 1859"
Presented by: Fred Gregory
"U.S. Post Riders in Spanish West Florida, 1801-1810"
Presented by: Yamil Kouri, Jr.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29
"Evolution of Intercity Mail Transportation Modes 1840-1880: Insights from Postmaster General Annual Reports"
Presented by: William DeWitt, III
"Toll Gates & Toll Houses: Assistance or Hindrance for Mail Delivery Modes"
Presented by: William Schultz
"Blazing Trails for the Westward Expansion"
Presented by: Steven Walske
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30
"Confederate States of America: Postal Innovation during the Civil War"
Presented by: Patricia Kaufmann
"The 'Special' Postalization of Locale"
Presented by: Robert Dalton Harris and Diane DeBlois
"The New York Postmaster Provisional"
Presented by: Mark Schwartz
Along with these presentations, the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society will provide access to a special collection of virtual U.S. postal history philatelic exhibits. This special collection of exhibits will include some exhibits specifically chosen for viewing during the story Symposium. In order to attend the presentations and view the virtual exhibits you need to register for the symposium first. Registration is simple. You do not need to be an APS member but you will need to create an online APS website account. Simply go to 2020 Postal History Symposium Registration page and follow the instructions for registering.