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Spellman Museum links history with stamps


An exhibit on Cardinal Spellman at the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History. Pilot photo/Mark Labbe

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WESTON -- Despite the obvious appeal Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History, located on the campus of Regis College in Weston, might have to stamp collectors, with its estimated assortment of around two million stamps and its collection evaluation service, it's mostly non-collectors who visit the museum.

"You don't have to be a stamp collector to enjoy the Spellman (Museum)." said Henry Lukas, the museum's education director.

"We're a stamp museum, but we consider ourselves a history museum, we consider ourselves an art museum. You name a topic, and we can pretty much find a stamp that relates to that topic," he said.

For example, Lukas said, to prepare for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, the museum currently has an exhibit featuring a number of historical stamps, pins, postcards, and other items that highlight the significance of past Olympic games, such as the 1936 Olympics held in Nazi Germany.

To help kick the exhibit off, the museum held a free day, July 15, that featured arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, and even a visit from several former Olympians.

Lukas said children, in particular, seem to enjoy these events and their trips to the museum.

"The first thing every child does when they comes to museum -- they have to send themselves a postcard," Lukas said.

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