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Summer Seminar 2016

Educational Philatelic Vacation

In its 37th year, the APS Summer Seminar on Philately is unique in the hobby, offering instruction in specific areas through a combination of lectures and hands-on workshops.

Dates: June 19-24, 2016

Location: Hosted at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, PA

What to Expect Throughout the Week:
The 2016 Summer Seminar begins with a Sunday evening dinner. The remainder of the seminar week, Monday–Thursday, features 4½ hours daily of class time, PLUS afternoon elective workshops, a student auction and two dinners. You’ll finish off the week on Friday at a breakfast session with the staff of the American Philatelic Center, and one last opportunity to use the library, sales division, expertizing reference library, and other resources at the Center.

Distinguished Philatelist: Thursday's dinner will honor the 2016 Summer Seminar Distinguished Philatelist - Alan Warren (click read Alan's bio)

Courses: 2016 Course Listing (.pdf format)

Tentative Schedule: General Session Topics, Elective Schedule, Evening Events, and MORE! (.pdf format)

2016 Major Course Selection

Seminar participants select ONE of the Four-day Courses OR ONE or TWO of the two-day courses.
All major courses meet for 4½ hours each day and are led by knowledgeable collectors — authors, judges, exhibitors, expertizers, or other authorities. Courses feature in-class discussions, question-and-answer opportunities, and informal, hands-on workshops. For the ultimate learning experience, each class is limited to 15–20 students.

Four-Day Courses

  1. Art of the Exhibit: From Start to Finish , with Steven Zwillinger
  2. Expert Buying and Selling, with Irv Miller
  3. Expertizing Techniques, with Rich Drews & Mercer Bristow
  4. Stamp Technology, with Wayne Youngblood
  5. Washington-Franklins, with Dennis Gilson
  6. Worldwide Fakes and Forgeries, with Bill Dixon and T.G. Rehkop


Two-Day Courses

  1. Monday-Tuesday Courses
    Select ONE
    (each includes Sun. evening dinner, Mon. and Tues. lunches and snack breaks, Mon. dinner)
  2. Wednesday-Thursday Courses
    Select ONE
    (each includes Wed. and Thurs. lunches and snack breaks, Thurs. dinner, Fri. breakfast)


As a student, you will enjoy early morning “General Sessions” and afternoon “Electives,” where you can learn about subjects outside your chosen major. These may be workshops in specific topics or roundtable discussions, involving both instructors and students. Electives run Monday through Thursday afternoons. You have the option to attend these sessions covering useful and unusual philatelic topics, or you may use this as free time to visit the Center.

Elective Schedule.

General Sessions

General Sessions each morning provide attendees with news and views from around the hobby. A schedule of General Sessions coming soon.

Seminar Costs:

4-day course or two 2-day courses:
$575 for APS members
$675 for non-members
One 2-day course, plus food functions for the remainder of Seminar week:
$425 for APS members
$525 for non-members
Fee for above registrations includes dinners on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday; Monday thru Thursday lunches; Friday breakfast; and daily snacks
One 2-day course:
$315 for APS members
$415 for non-members
June 20–21 course registration fees include food functions for Sunday through Tuesday.
June 22–23 course registration fees include food functions for Wednesday through Friday.
Guests are welcome at food functions with advanced paid registration (required.)
$35 for Sunday or Monday dinners
• $50 for Thursday dinner
• $20 per lunch
• $18 for Friday breakfast

All registrations received after June 1, 2016 will be assessed a $25 late fee.

Guest Activities:

We welcome family and friends of our Summer Seminar students and provide scheduled and suggested activities for them to enjoy while they are staying in Centre County. See Guest Activities for ideas of things to do in the area.


The registration fee does not include housing for the week. . See our "Visit Us" page for directions, area attractions and a list of other hotels and bed-and-breakfast facilities in the area.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Refund policy for anyone who must cancel after the Seminar registration fee has been paid:

  • Prior to March 15 — Full amount paid less a $50 processing fee.
  • From March 15 to May 15 — Refund will equal 50% of the registration fee.
  • After May 15 — no refund.

Requests for refunds must be made in writing to Director of Education, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823; e-mail In the case of a medical emergency after May 15, contact the Director of Education. Refunds will only be issued in the same form of currency used for the payment; i.e., if you paid with a credit card, the credit will be to that same card.


Student registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.


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