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Paul Lee: Parks, Postmarks and Postmasters: Post Offices within the National Park Service

The 13th Annual Maynard Sundman Lecture
August 18, 2016

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The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum hosted the 13th annual Maynard Sundman lecture Thursday, Aug. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. Admission was free. “Parks, Postmarks and Postmasters” combined the real-life drama and human interest of the people, places, and events that created our national park system with a study of the post offices and postmasters that connect them to the outside world.

Speaker Paul Lee was born in West Virginia in 1944. After earning degrees from Wittenberg and James Madison universities, he became a high school biology teacher and held summer jobs in Rock Creek, Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains national parks. He eventually left teaching and became a full-time National Park Service (NPS) employee. As an interpretive planner, Paul developed dozens of visitor centers, exhibitions and media presentations at NPS sites in the U.S., American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands. He retired in 2000 and lives in Colorado, where he volunteers at the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library in Denver.