The Rhode Island Philatelic Society
On February 2, 2010 the members of the Rhode Island Philatelic Society will hold it’s regular monthly meeting exactly 125 years to the day since it was originally charted in 1885. The American Philatelic Society lists the society as the longest, active philatelic organization in the United States.

The Rhode Island Philatelic Society’s celebration begins in January with a library exhibit on stamps and the society’s history which will travel throughout the state during the year. On February 2, 2010 RIPS will initiate two events at the John Hay Library at Brown University in Providence. A special commemorative cancellation and cover will be available in the foyer of the library with a temporary US postal station providing the service. During the evening the society will hold it’s regular membership meeting and host an open reception on the third floor of the John Hay Library building where a major portion of the University’s extensive philatelic collection is stored. For over 30 years members of the Rhode Island Philatelic Society have volunteered to catalogue, update and prepare exhibits for several world class philatelic collections given to the University by alumni. The plate block, revenue and error collection of Webster Knight, the George S. Champlin international collection and the Peltz and Morriss collections of special delivery stamps each offer great research potential for local collectors. This close bond between Brown University and the RIPS made the John Hay Library a natural choice for both entities to celebrate the 125 year legacy provided by the Rhode Island Philatelic Society.

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Feb 2, 2010 RIPS 125th Anniversary Reception John Hay Library, Providence RI 7:00 PM
Feb 2, 2010 Special Anniversary Postmark and Cover All Day, John Hay Library Lobby All Day
March 20, 2010 STAMPSHOW 2010 Kelly+Gazzaro Post, Cranston, RI 10 AM
March 20, 2010 Anniversary Show Cover and Postmark Kelly+Gazzaro Post, Cranston, RI All Day
2010 125th Anniversary Cinderella Stamp Details Pending.... tbd
2010 Traveling Exhibits: RIPS History Coming to a Library or Post Office Near You!
2010 Traveling Exhibit: Stamp Collecting
Coming to a Library or Post Office Near You!
The following is a preliminary list of events planned for the 125th Anniversary Celebration. All events are open to the public!