Nomination Process is Announced for Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award

Press Release

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum has announced the nomination process for the 2019 Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award (SPAA).

The SPAA was established in 2002 to honor and celebrate living individuals for outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of philately. This achievement may include: original research that significantly advances the understanding of philately, exceptional service to the philatelic community or sustained promotion of philately to the benefit of current and future collectors.

Any individual or organization can submit SPAA nominations, with the exception of selfnominations. Nominations must be accompanied by a statement (maximum 500 words, or one single spaced page) delineating the nominee’s lifetime philatelic achievements. Nominations may be sent no later than May 10, 2019, electronically to or by mail to Daniel Piazza, Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, P.O. Box 37012 MRC 570, Washington, D.C. 20013. To avoid disappointment, nominees should not be told they are under consideration. Note: Posthumous awards will not be made. As a rule, there are no more than three awardees in each selection period.

An SPAA Nominating Committee, chaired by the museum’s chief curator of philately and composed of members of the museum’s Council of Philatelists, evaluates nominations received.

Winners of the award will be announced at a special gala event Oct. 19. Previous award recipients can be found on the museum’s website.

About the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum

The National Postal Museum is devoted to presenting the colorful and engaging history of the nation’s mail service and showcasing one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of stamps and philatelic material in the world. It is located at 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., Washington, D.C., across from Union Station. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). For more information about the Smithsonian, call (202) 633-1000 or visit the museum website at

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