Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Portage Library to host Stamp Collecting program May 26

HOUGHTON -- United States Postmaster Mel DeGroot will present "Philately: the Study and Art of Stamp Collecting" from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton.

Participants will learn how to start collecting stamps, understand the differences among various kinds of stamps, know how to safely remove stamps from envelopes, find out ways to preserve a stamp collection, and learn how to judge the condition of a stamp and tell what it is worth. There will be a display of stamps, the different kinds of books that they can be stored in, and other materials needed for successful stamp collecting. Handouts will also be available.

DeGroot is the Postmaster in Iron River, Michigan, and he invites everyone to find out how easy it is to start your own stamp collection without a big investment. His program is geared towards beginner and experienced stamp collectors as well as those who are curious about this fascinating hobby.

Library programs are free and open to all. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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