Upcoming events

    • May 04, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • May 11, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Virtual

    Wondering How to Mount and Display Your Collection? Make Your Own Album Pages!

    Course will be held on May 4, 6 and 11 at 6:00-7:30 p.m. Eastern time.

    Cost is $25 for ATA members, $40 for non-members.

    Would you like to get your stamps out of stock books and create stamp album pages as unique as your topic? This three-part course will teach you how to design your own album pages on your computer, then print them yourself or have them printed.


    Jeffrey Hayward, ATA first vice president, works in the computer field and assists ATA with much of its technology. He is an avid collector who designs album pages for his many topics.

    Martin Kent Miller is the owner of The Philatelic Press, a design and marketing firm geared to the needs of philatelists. Martin has worked as a graphic designer for 30 years, and enjoys making his own album pages.

    • May 07, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • May 09, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Virtual - www.pipexstampshow.org

    PIPEX 2021

    May 7, 8, 9, 2021

    The first APS Grand Championship Series virtual show  

    Website:  www.pipexstampshow.org

    Over 2500 exhibit pages

    Virtual dealers attending

    Registration is free but required to attend any events during the show

    Then, under Show details:

    Events will occur between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on May 7 and 8 and between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on May 9.  All times listed are Pacific Time.

    The website (www.pipexstampshow.org)  will be up 24 hours a day with exhibits to view at your leisure.  Many exhibits are already on the website for viewing.       

    Registration is free but is required to attend any events during the days of the show.  This is needed so the event coordinator can email the contact information to enter the event site.  This is an opportunity to visit and be part of a Grand Championship Series show without leaving home.

    • May 15, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • May 29, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • Virtual

    Thematic Exhibiting: Steps to Success

    Cost is $35 for members, $50 for non-members.

    This five-part course is designed to give you lots of practical information to use in planning and developing your thematic exhibit. You will be sent class materials in advance and recaps of each class will be provided.

    Session One:  Getting Started - May 15, 4:00 pm Eastern

    Dawn Hamman, president, American Topical Association

    An overview of the decisions you need to make in planning; writing your thematic story; and acquiring and describing your material. A discussion of resources to use along the way.

    Session Two:  Designing Exhibit Pages - May 18, 6:00 pm Eastern

    Martin Kent Miller, owner, The Philatelic Press, a marketing and design firm geared to the needs of philatelists.

    Topics to be covered include choosing paper, page design basics, matting, typefaces and size.

    Session Three:  The Wonderful World of Bamboo – A Case Study - May 20, 6:00 pm Eastern

    Phil Stager, grand award winning exhibitor, including 2017 National Topical Stamp Show for The Wonderful World of Bamboo.

    Phil will lead us through the process of planning and executing his thematic display exhibit. This is an opportunity to learn from a master of thematic exhibiting. 

    Session Four: How to Choose a Wide Variety of Philatelic Items for Your Exhibit - May 22, 4:00 pm Eastern

    Jean Wang, grand award winning exhibitor for Blood: A Modern Medicine, CANPEX, 2019.

    Join one of the foremost thematic exhibitors working today as she describes how she selected a wide range of philatelic items to tell the thematic story.

    Session Five: Preparing the Synopsis - May 25, 6:00 pm Eastern

    Join Pat Walker, a past president of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors; exhibitor and judge.

    Pat will show the steps in developing a synopsis that will highlight what the exhibitor has accomplished in the exhibit.

    Session Six: Bonus Feedback - May 29, 4:00 pm Eastern

    Bring your questions and share your experiences as you develop your exhibit.

    The Course Presenters

    Dawn Hamman became an exhibitor in 2008, and has developed 12 exhibits, all treated thematically. How to Grow Tomatoes won the Mary Ann Owens one frame grand award at the National Topical Stamp Show in 2014; Backyard Chickens won the show’s reserve grand in 2019.

    She joined the ATA board in 2014 and became president in 2019. She was a writer and editor for the 2020 book, Topical Adventures – A Guide to Topical and Thematic Stamp Collecting.

    Martin Kent Miller is the owner of The Philatelic Press, a marketing and design firm geared to the needs of philatelists. He edits numerous publications, including First Days and The United States Specialist. He designs many publications for ATA, and edited the 2020 book, Topical Adventures – A Guide to Topical and Thematic Stamp Collecting.

    Phillip R. Stager  has been exhibitjng since high school and has won many top awards for his thematic exhibits. He is a retired philatelic judge who served as chief judge for the National Topical Stamp Show several times. He wrote the chapter on thematic exhibiting for Topical Adventures – A Guide to Topical and Thematic Stamp Collecting.

    Jean Wang is a hematologist and leukemia researcher in Canada and began exhibiting in 2014. She developed her thematic exhibit about the history of blood and transfusion medicine from a 2-frame National Silver in 2015 to a 5-frame Grand winner at CANPEX in 2019. She has written a number of articles on different aspects of medical philately for The Canadian Philatelist. Her current active collecting interest is COVID-19-related philately.

    Pat Walker is a past president of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors. She is also an exhibitor and judge.

    • July 30, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • August 01, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • San Francisco Airport Marriot Waterfront Hotel

    WESTPEX 2021

    July 30 - August 1, 2021

    San Francisco Airport Marriot Waterfront Hotel.

    Admission is $5 and good for all three days. Children under 15 free with an adult. 

    • August 12, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • August 15, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Rosemont, Illinois

    In August 2021, the ATA will again host NTSS in conjunction with the American Philatelic Society — and this year, the event is being joined by the American First Day Cover Society making this year's show the Great American Stamp Show. Currently planned for August 12 - 15 in Rosemont, IL.

    The show hotel is:

    Donald G. Stephens Convention Center
    5555 N River Rd
    Rosemont, Illinois 60018

    In early 2021, you'll be able to pre-register online for the show and find more details on the event page here. ATA Members are invited to attend the Association's Annual Meeting and President's Reception (tickets required).

Past events

April 09, 2021 Garfield-Perry March Party
March 25, 2021 STAMPEX
March 23, 2021 My Mom's Favorite Stamp - The 150th Anniversary of Mississippi
March 20, 2021 The Bird That Cries, "Help!"
March 13, 2021 Have Fun with a Mini Topic!
March 09, 2021 Ideas for Involving Youth in Stamp Collecting
March 06, 2021 Knoxpex
February 23, 2021 Extraordinary, Ordinary Black Women on U.S. Postal Stamps
February 20, 2021 Do You Think You Might Like to Try a Thematic Exhibit?
February 09, 2021 Let's Get Social! Connecting with Collectors Through Social Media
February 06, 2021 Art Deco! The 1925 Paris Exposition
January 26, 2021 100 Year Journey: The Story of Eastern Europe Through Philately
January 23, 2021 Navigating DelCampe.net for Topical and Thematic Collectors
January 19, 2021 Navigating eBay.com for Topical and Thematic Collectors
January 05, 2021 Say it with PowerPoint: How to Present your Collection like a Pro
October 29, 2020 Fall for Topicals: From Me to You: The Philatelic History of Roberto Clemente on Stamps
October 27, 2020 Fall for Topicals: COVID-19-Related Philately
October 24, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Telling Stories with Postcards
October 22, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Indigenous Peoples of the World - on Stamps!
October 20, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Innovations Seen in US Railroad Topical Stamps
October 17, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Stamping in Sequim
October 15, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Nurse Philatelic Stories with a Sampling of Exhibit Elements
October 13, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Presidential Grab Bag: The Variety You Can Collect
October 10, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Maps, Politics and Stamps: Some Examples from the Middle East
October 10, 2020 Kazoopex Stamp Show
October 08, 2020 Fall for Topicals: The Most Beautiful Bridge in Paris
October 06, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Integrating Errors, Freaks & Oddities into Your Collection
October 03, 2020 Fall for Topicals: Topical Collecting 101
October 01, 2020 Virtual Stampex
September 11, 2020 SEAPEX Virtual Philatelic Exposition
March 06, 2020 Garfield-Perry March Party
February 07, 2020 Sarasota National Stamp Exhibition
January 31, 2020 Southeastern Stamp Expo
January 18, 2020 Columbia Philatelic Society - Winter Show

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