The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum announced that Cheryl R. Ganz has been named acting chief curator for philately.
Ganz joined the museum staff in October 2005 as a curator of philately under the late W. Wilson Hulme II. Since that time, she has served as assistant curator for the current exhibition “Rarity Revealed: The Benjamin K. Miller Collection,” was co-chair of the Winton M. Blount Symposium on Postal History and was curator of National Postal Museum exhibits at the Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition and the American Philatelic Society StampShow 2006. Among Ganz’s current projects are preparations for the second part of “Rarity Revealed: The Benjamin K. Miller Collection,” which opens Nov. 5 and features stamps issued between 1894 and the 1920s.
Ganz is a self-described “lifelong philatelist” with a PhD in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an author, editor, speaker and international philatelic exhibitor. Her philatelic areas of interest are the United States, Germany, France and Switzerland as well as worldwide airmail and philatelic literature. Ganz is a zeppelin collector specializing in United States airship posts and mail from the ill-fated German zeppelin “Hindenburg” and its disaster.
The National Postal Museum is devoted to presenting the colorful and engaging history of the nation’s mail service and showcasing the largest and most comprehensive collection of stamps and philatelic material in the world. It is located at 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., in the Old City Post Office Building across from Union Station. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information visit the museum’s Web site at postalmuseum.si.edu.
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