Storybooks stamp exhibit opens at Spellman Museum

WESTON — What do Goldilocks, the Cat in the Hat, Pippi Longstocking and Harry Potter all have in common? They all are featured on postage stamps from around the world, which can been viewed at the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History on Regis College campus in Weston.

The exhibit, which will run through April 30, is entitled “The World of Storybooks — A Magical Journey Through Stamps.” Stamps from over 30 countries featuring tales from national folklore legends to classical stories and fairy tales familiar to children worldwide are on display along with first day envelopes, souvenir sheets and other philatelic examples featuring well-known children’s stories. Stamps honoring famous children’s book authors such as Hans Christian Anderson, Beatrix Potter and Dr. Seuss are also on exhibit.

The show’s opening reception is Jan. 27 from noon to 4 p.m. Free origami lessons will be offered by the Origamido Studio of Haverhill. Admission is free for everyone and children will receive a free packet of stamps.

Family Days including story telling, puppet shows, children’s authors, stamp games and puzzles and arts and crafts activities are planned for various weekends throughout the exhibit. The exhibit is designed to appeal both to children and adults and the stories on stamps range from “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Snow White” to “Harry Potter,” “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

The museum is regularly open from Thursday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and children age 16 and under are admitted free.

The museum’s gift shop has items related to the show. Parents are welcome to schedule a stamp birthday party at the museum and Boy and Girl Scout leaders can arrange for special merit badge programs.

More information is available at the museum’s Web site, or by calling 781-768-8367.