The Spellman Museum offers a wide variety of educational and informational programs about the history of stamps and the postal system. These programs can be customized and presented at the museum or offsite. In addition to on site programming and hands-on content, the Spellman shares a wide variety of electronic offerings and resources.
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Stamp collecting often begins at a young age – children are often enchanted by the visuals and content a stamp offers. Exposing children to the joy of postage stamps and collecting can create a lifelong hobby. The Spellman creates engaging programming to capture children’s interests. Activities include participating in stamp scavenger hunts, accumulating personal collections of stamps, attending lectures, among others. All children take home a free packet of stamps and information about how to start their own collection. And, youth visitors have the opportunity to complete a quiz on the Main Gallery exhibits in order to be eligible to win even more stamps!
A children’s membership is available with benefits designed to engage and promote philately and the joy of collecting for years to come.
The Museum is available for school field trips as well as visits by Henry Lukas, the Museum’s Educational Director, to classrooms of all grades. Programs can be designed to match current classroom curriculum. Programs for homeschool families are also available.
“Stamps Come Alive”
The Stamps Come Alive programs features speakers who bring to life subjects featured on stamps including owls, alligators, clocks, dinosaur fossils, farm animals and historic personalities. These periodic programs are held at the Museum with visiting experts and their live props. Exhibits of related stamps are part of the programs.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Weston Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
October 2021 Schedule
Saturday October 16 10:30 am- Farm Animals
Debbie Lamb from Mass. Audubon will bring animals from Drumlin Farm and explain how farm animals prepare for winter.
This program will be held outside.
$5 adults $3 seniors and children
Sunday October 17 1:00 pm – Halloween Creatures
Joy Marzoff from “Joys of Nature” helps us get ready for Halloween by bringing some “creepy” animals including large snakes, lizards, tarantulas and other small creatures.
$5 adults $3 seniors and children
Advanced registration for both programs not necessary but can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org
Children can choose stamps from a free collection of animal-themed stamps stamps to take home.
Saturday, October 23 10:30 am
Meet Susan B. Anthony
Professional actress Sheryl Faye will give her re-creation of the life of famed suffragette Susan B. Anthony. The program celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020.
Ages 7 and up
$5 adults, $3 seniors, $3 children
The Museum has a special exhibit using stamps to share the history of the amendment and the struggles to pass it.
There will be a special ceremony of the unveiling of the latest US stamp honoring the amendment in the main gallery. Officials from the Post Office will be present to display the stamp and give a brief talk.
A guided tour of the exhibit will be given.
DO YOU HAVE AN OLD CLOCK AND WONDERING IF IT MIGHT HAVE SOME WORTH?
Bring it to the Museum on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 1:00 to have an expert give you an unofficial evaluation.
He will also give a PowerPoint program about clocks on stamps.
Sunday, October 24 1:00 and 3:00 pm – Owls on Stamps
‘Eyes on Owls” will bring several owls including a snowy owl for two programs
Admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors and children
Saturday, October 30 10:30 am – Exotic Animals
Animal Adventures from the Zoo and Animal Rescue Center in Bolton will bring about ten animals including an alligator.
Admission: $5 Adults, $3 seniors and children
Advanced reservations not necessary but can be made at email@example.com