Highlights from the 2017 APS STAMPSHOW in Richmond, Virginia

Charlene P. Blair

Charlene won a Bronze Award for her single-frame Marian Anderson exhibit.

Cheryl Ganz

Cheryl received the Large Vermeil Award for her single-frame exhibit, Airships over the Arctic, and the Single Frame Grand and Large Gold Award for her Zeppelin LZ-129 Hindenburg and Onboard 

Postmarks exhibit.

Dawn R. Hamman

In open competition, Dawn received the Award of Merit for Display and Gold and also the National Stamp Dealers Association Most Popular Award for her Backyard Chickens exhibit, and a Large Vermeil Award for her The Jewel City - Postcards of the Panama Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco 1915 exhibit.

Outside the Maggie Lena Walker NHS are ESPER  members (l-r) Dawn Hamman, Yvette Major, Steve Patrick, John Hayner, and Clarence McKnight with site curator Ethan Bullard (second from right).

Mark Thompson 

Mark received a Vermeil Award and also the American Philatelic Congress Award for his eight-frame exhibit Women of the Black Heritage Series -- All Faced Cruelty with Courage and Hope .

Don Neal with his covers

Don was a part of the cachet makers' bourse with more than 500 of his 6° Cachets covers on display and for sale.  Most of the unique covers have a "Black connection" to African-American history/culture between the cachet and the cover's stamp in six or fewer steps or degrees of separation.  The  covers are produced in limited quantities and are signed and numbered on the back of the envelope.

One evening after the stamp show, several ESPER members walked over to Jackson's Beer Garden and Smokehouse for dinner.  The group included members from Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia.  A good time was had by all. 

Highlights from the Maggie Lena Walker National Historic Site Tour

Ajena Roger, Supervisory Park Ranger  for Maggie L. Walker NHS

"Carry On": The Life and Legacy of Maggie Lena Walker.

Created by Ethan Ballard for NHS

Ethan Bullard, curator Richmond National Battlefield Park and  Maggie L. Walker NHS.

Walter Faison (left), ESPER President, receiving a framed cachet autographed by Coretta Scott King. It was donated by ESPER member John Hayner of Clearwater, Florida, and was presented at the Maggie L. Walker NHS.

Maggie L. Walker's desk used at St. Luke Bank

Walter Faison and Don Neal next to the Maggie Lena Walker Monument

Group photo taken after tour in front of Maggie L. Walker mural.

Charlene Blair on the steps of the Maggie L. Walker NHS

Parlor in front of Maggie's home

Custom wheelchair with writing desk

Main dining room

Custom bust made in 1934 on the left and Maggie uniform from  "The Order of St. Luke " on the right. 

Section in Maggie's bedroom

Maggie's bible in her bedroom 

Maggie's original bed

Maggie's dresser

Custom fireplace in front parlor

Address label machine

Machine to print labels on envelopes

Machine that moistened and sealed envelopes

Copy of St. Luke Herald newspaper

Maggie L. Walker monument was dedicated on July 15, 2017, in Richmond, VA

See Maggie L. Walker Monument Unveiling

Click on picture to visit the Maggie L. Walker NHS to learn more about this phenomenal woman. 

On behalf of ESPER, I would like to thank rangers Ajena Rogers and Ethan Bullard for giving us an informative and educational tour of the Maggie Lena Walker National Historical Site.