Wednesday, January 19, 2011
On Jan. 27, The Postal Service will issue a new postage stamp celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Kansas Statehood. Kansans are invited to attend a dedicatory event for the stamp to be held at 10 a.m., Jan. 27, at the Kansas Historical Society, 6425 S.W. 6th Avenue, in Topeka. The event is free of charge.
Among those scheduled to participate in the first-day-of-issue event are Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer Megan J. Brennan, U.S. Postal Service Historian Megaera Ausman, Acting USPS Central Plains District Manager Rick J. Pivovar, and Topeka Postmaster B. Steven Pinkerton. A large replica of the stamp will be unveiled, and the new stamps and collectible first day of issue postmark will be available at a temporary Post Office.
“What better place to celebrate the issuance of these stamps than the Kansas Historical Society,” said Topeka Postmaster Pinkerton. “We encourage everyone to come out and join us.”
The Kansas Statehood Stamp features an old metal windmill in the foreground while five modern wind turbines stand in the background, signaling the forward-looking nature of the modern Kansas economy. A golden band suggests the undulating plains of western Kansas and implying statewide prosperity in agriculture, while a green band hints at the forests and hills of eastern Kansas.
The Kansas Statehood Stamp is a Forever Stamp, which means when purchased it will always be good for one-ounce First Class postage regardless of future price changes. The current price of a Forever Stamp is 44-cents.
“We expect the Kansas Statehood Stamp to fly out of Post Offices beginning Jan. 27,” said Pinkerton, who reminds customers the new stamps and stamp-related products can also be purchased online at usps.com/shop and by phone at 1-800-STAMP-24.