Upcoming events

    • April 01, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Eastern Time

    Member Orientation

    Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 2:00 pm Eastern

    Are you new to the ATA or been a member for a while and want to learn about ATA member services?

    Join us to get your questions answered!

    What are the benefits of being an ATA member?

    How do I renew online?

    How do I order a checklist?

    How do I set up my directory profile?

    And much more...

    Bring your list of questions to the session!

    • April 11, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    The Puerto Rico Checklist – How I prepared It for ATA

    by Drew Kershen

    April 11, 2023, 6:00 p.m. Eastern 

    ATA members have prepared checklists for many U.S. states and territories. They report that it is an interesting and fun project. Join this Zoom presentation to get some tips on preparing a checklist for your state or city.

    • April 25, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Accident Prevention and Safety on Stamps

    by Joseph Knasinski

    April 25, 2023, 6:00 p.m. Eastern

    In many countries stamps have been used to convey public service messages. Accident prevention and safety messages have been portrayed in various ways on stamps from simple eye catching designs to serious emotional messages. This presentation covers traffic and industrial safety as well as aviation and ship safety messages.

    Joseph Knasinski has been a stamp collector for many years with interests in both country collections (Poland and Japan) and topical collections on a wide variety of topics. He is the creator of popular The Eclectic Philatelist programs on YouTube. 

    • April 29, 2023
    • April 30, 2023
    • Westland, MI

    The Plymouth Show - April 29-30, 2023

    The Plymouth Show exhibits and bourse will be held at the Hellenic Cultural Center. Ample free parking is available adjacent to the facility and refreshments will be available throughout the show. The venue is a modern, air conditioned and handicap accessible building.

    This year, the World Series of Philately Show is back! An exciting event which brings postal history to life through exhibits. The World Series events brings different entries from across the continent.

    Another popular event at the Plymouth Show is the "Stamps in Your Closet" table. The West Suburban Stamp Club provides experienced collectors to help visitors evaluate collections and accumulations that they inherited, or have rediscovered from their own past. Our team of volunteers provides a non-threatening atmosphere where visitors can be sure they are receiving unbiased advice. No appointment is necessary and there is no charge for this service. Hours of this popular program are 11 AM - 3 PM on both Saturday and Sunday.

    New to stamp collecting? We offer classes for beginners of all ages. The West Suburban Stamp club is proud to offer youth focused classes as well. If you don't know anything about philately, or stamp collecting, here is an unique opportunity to meet with people who are passionate about the hobby.

    Last, this is the place for philatelic groups to meet--The Plymouth Show has proudly hosted the annual meeting of the Peninsular State Philatelic Society, the Mobile Post Office Society and The Plate Number Coil Collectors' Club.

    Show Website: https://www.thewssc.com/plymouth-show/ 

    Show contact: showchair@plymouthshow.com

    Exhibits contact: exhibits@plymouthshow.com

    • May 06, 2023
    • May 14, 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • Virtual


    Understanding Multiple Frankings to Improve Your Collection and Exhibit

    Many covers you encounter at dealer booths and online have more than one stamp. These covers, with multiple frankings, vary dramatically in their philatelic importance. ATA is delighted to present a three-part course on understanding and evaluating multiple frankings. The course will then show how to find covers with multiple frankings for your own collection or exhibit. This is an opportunity to add some important items to your collection, often at a low price. Collectors and exhibitors will benefit from the course content.

    Our course is being taught by Damian Läge of Switzerland, the most accomplished thematic exhibitor in the world. He was recently chosen to sign the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists, one of the most prestigious honors in our hobby. He will share his research and insights in three sessions:

    Saturday, May 6, 6 p.m., – Multiple Frankings in Topical/Thematic Collections and Exhibits: How and Why

    Sunday, May 7, 6 p.m., – The Evaluation of Multiple Frankings: Great, Greater, Greatest Learn to identify quality covers

    Sunday, May 14, 6 p.m., – How to Find Multiple Frankings for Your Collection and Exhibit

    *For those in time zones that make it difficult to attend the live presentation, the sessions will be recorded and made available to those who register for the course. Those who enroll will be able to watch the programs again, at their convenience.

    Damian has won the highest exhibiting awards and has lectured widely throughout the world. His high enthusiasm makes his presentations both educational and entertaining.

    In 2015, his was the first thematic exhibit to receive 98 points at an international competition (ECTP 2015). In 2020, his one-frame exhibit, The Maori Pigeon, one the Grand Prix at ALPE-ADRIA in competition with all multiple frame exhibits in all classes. Last year he won the Grand Prix at CAPEX in Toronto. He has been winning top awards since he began exhibiting as a teenager.

    This course is the result of Damian’s research and evaluation of many covers with multiple frankings. He discovered that online sellers often have philatelically significant covers for sale at good prices, as their prices often don’t differentiate great covers from mediocre ones.

    Damian Läge has generously offered to share his expertise in this series of programs. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from one of the most accomplished philatelists in the world.

    $25 ATA members

    $45 non-members

    Join ATA and register for the course and save:

    $60 includes the course and one year of ATA US membership

    $70 includes the course and one year of ATA international membership

    • May 12, 2023
    • May 13, 2023
    • Hamilton, Ontario Canada

    SPRINGPEX 2023

    Friday, May 12, 2023 5:00 pm-10:00 pm

    Saturday, May 13, 2023 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School

    1824 Rymal Road East

    Hamilton, Ontario, L0R 1P0. Canada

    Friday evening: Voice auction at 7 pm with viewing 5 – 7 pm and four guest clubs will present their Sales Circuit from 5 – 10 pm. 

    Saturday: a 15 dealer bourse with stamps, postcards, covers and supplies plus Silent Auctions, Club Sales Circuit and free stamps for students at Youth Booth.

    Free admission, free parking and light food / refreshments will be available.

    Sponsored by Hamilton Stamp Club

    Website: hamiltonstampclub.ca Information e-mail:


    • June 09, 2023
    • (PDT)
    • June 10, 2023
    • (PDT)
    • Medford, OR

    SOPEX 2023 

    stamp show and bourse

    June 9 11-5 and June 10 10-4

    1st United Methodist Church hall 

    607 W. Main St., Medford, Oregon

    (the only annual  show between Eugene,OR and the S. F. Bay Area)


    free admission

    free stamps for beginners

    Sponsored by : Southern Oregon Philatelic Society

    • August 10, 2023
    • August 13, 2023
    • Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

    Great American Stamp Show 2023

    Cleveland, Ohio

    August 10-13, 2023

    Thurs - Sat 10 am - 6 pm

    Sun 10 am to 4 pm


    Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

    300 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

    • August 10, 2023
    • August 13, 2023
    • Cleveland, Ohio

    Join Us in Cleveland!

    The Great American Stamp Show in Cleveland, Ohio will be here before you know it! The American Topical Association would like to invite you to join us as a volunteer at our booth, where there will be plenty of activity all four days, August 10-13.

    Booth volunteers have fun chatting with visitors and talking about topical collecting. Your help in making our booth a friendly, informative and fun attraction is very much appreciated.

    Be watching for future orientation sessions to learn more and get a sneak peek of the activities!

    • August 11, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • English Oak Room, Tower City Center, 230 W. Huron, Cleveland, OH

    ATA President's Reception

    Friday, August 11, 2023 6:00 p.m. EDT

    Cost $60

    Deadline to register is July 15, 2023.

    The elegant English Oak Room is the setting for this year’s President’s Reception. The event space is located in Tower City Center, 230 W. Huron, about a half mile from the Westin. We’ll meet in the Westin lobby at 6 p.m. and walk together, or you can share a cab.

    We’ll kick off the evening with conversation and a cash bar. Dinner will be served shortly:

    Crisp mixed green salad with red wine vinaigrette, followed by choice of two entrees.

    Nuevo Chicken: A light, summery dish made with a boneless chicken breast topped with strawberry/banana salsa. It is served with rice and beans.

    Rigatoni (vegetarian): Pasta with cherry tomato sauce. Served with bread and butter.

    After Dinner Entertainment

    Everybody’s favorite philatelic storyteller, ATA member Bill Schultz, will be entertaining us with his humor. Who knew that philately could be so funny?

    Please join other ATA family members for a social, entertaining evening.

    • August 14, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Cleveland, OH

    A Nostalgic Tour of Cleveland

    Join your fellow ATA members for a full day tour that will take you down memory lane. Beginning with a visit to an historic 100-year-old building, moving on to achievements in space, and ending with a remembrance of music of the past, this tour will be filled with interesting attractions. Our walking tour involves short distances, with the whole day totaling just two miles.

    The cost of the tour is $40 per person, which covers the docent fees and admission ticket to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Lunch is dutch treat. There is an optional add-on dinner stop, which is also dutch treat.

    Deadline to register is June 1, 2023.

    8:45 a.m. Meet in Westin Hotel Downtown lobby.

    9:00 a.m. Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland: Learning Center and Money Museum             

    Have you ever wondered how money works or what the Federal Reserve does as part of the Central Bank of the US? Learn the answers to these and other questions you may have about money.  See why we use it, and why it looks the way it does. Take pictures with the money tree, trade coconuts on Barter Island, identify counterfeit bills, and even make your own money! Over 30 hands-on exhibits focus on the history of money, its effects on societies and cultures, and its central role in peoples’ lives.

    The 100-year-old Italian Renaissance Federal Reserve building is celebrating its centennial this year. We may have the opportunity to see the original 91-ton vault door, the largest in the world.

    Our one hour tour will be led by docents. All visitors must be registered prior to the tour and must bring picture identification to be admitted. Photos are allowed in the lobby and museum, but not elsewhere.

    10:30 a.m. International Women’s Air and Space Museum

    We’ll explore the amazing achievements of women in aviation and aerospace at this acclaimed museum, where we’ll have a 70-90 minute staff-led tour. Photos are permitted.

    This museum brings history to life with displays on famous women, including Amelia Earhart, Ruth Nichols, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Cochran and others. There are also displays of Mercury 13, the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station, and the Sally Ride postage stamp.

    We’ll learn the stories of former NASA astronaut Pam Melroy and Major Sheila Thompson, an Air Force navigator. Many of these topics shown in the museum are familiar to stamp collectors because they appear on US stamps.

    12:15 p.m.   Arrive at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for lunch and a musical afternoon

    Nonrefundable advance tickets, with timed admittance are included in our tour price. We will have a dutch treat lunch in the café. You are free to explore this exciting six-level museum on your own all afternoon.

    Highlights include the Signature Gallery with year-by-year list and autographs of inductees, along with their career defining playlists. The section on the 2022 inductees (including Dolly Parton, Eminem, Carly Simon, Lionel Richie and many others) includes gear from their stages and studios, clothing from tours, handwritten lyrics, set lists and more.

    The Legends of Rock exhibit features the most iconic moments in rock history and displays of handwritten drafts of hit singles, performance outfits and instruments used in famous concerts. The exhibit shows rock and roll’s trendsetting importance in the fashion industry. You’ll see diverse exhibits, featuring Rod Stewart, The Pretenders, Blondie, Beastie Boys and others. There are major sections on The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, U2 and the Doors. The diverse representation of artists in this exhibition are exemplary of rock’s enduring power to connect us all.

    This incredible museum will take you on a walk back in time, while entertaining you with the performers and their music, beginning in the 1950s, when rock and roll burst on the scene.

    5:00 p.m. The museum closes.

    5:00 p.m. Optional dutch treat dinner at Nuevo Modern Mexican and Tequila Bar. We’ll walk back to the hotel after dinner, or you can share a cab.

    You may choose to end your visit whenever you choose, and walk back to the Westin Hotel Downtown, about a 15-minute walk.

    • October 28, 2023
    • October 29, 2023
    • Rocky River, OH


    Saturday, October 28, 2023  10-6

    Sunday, October 29, 2023 10-3

    Cuy-LorPex 2023, the 64th philatelic show and bourse sponsored by the Cuy-Lor Stamp Club, will take place October 28 & 29 at the Rocky River Civic Center’s Memorial Hall, 21016 Hilliard Boulevard, Rocky River, Ohio.

    Memorial Hall is a modern facility with:
    • grade level access and no stairs
    • large amounts of free parking
    • good lighting
    • no admission charge

    Cuy-LorPex 2023 will include 32 frames of exhibits, 14 dealers with U.S. and foreign stamps and covers, a U.S. Postal Service sub-station, and a “New Collectors” area for young and old alike.

    Special show postmarks will be available both show days on souvenir covers. The five show souvenir envelopes each have a USPS Classic Railroad Station stamp and a cachet showing a streamlined passenger train leaving the Cleveland Terminal Station.

    $3 for each souvenir envelope; if ordering, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

    Contact: Cuy-Lor Stamp Club, P.O. Box 161064, Rocky River, Ohio 44116 or cuylorclub59@gmail.com.

    The Cuy-Lor club is a chapter of the American Philatelic Society and draws members primarily from western Cuyahoga, eastern Lorain, and northern Medina counties.

    CONTACT: Stan Fairchild
    Show Publicity Chair
    (440) 333-2536

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