Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum Honors Philatelic Achievement

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WASHINGTON, DC.- The National Postal Museum announced two recipients of the 2010 Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award—Michael Madesker and Robert P. Odenweller. The Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award celebrates outstanding lifetime accomplishments in the field of philately, including original research that significantly advances the understanding of philately and postal history, exceptional service to the philatelic community and the overall promotion of philately for the benefit of current and future collectors. The honorees were selected by the National Postal Museum Council of Philatelists, a 29-member body of American and international philatelists, from open nominations submitted this past year. The awards will be presented at the 2010 National Postal Museum Gala Awards reception Saturday evening, Oct. 16. This year’s biennial event will celebrate philately and the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery.