PHSC Symposium 2017
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, July 20-23 2017
Not just another stamp show!
The PHSC introduces a new concept in postal history research, designed to increase collaboration
amongst members. Interact and learn from experts and each other. The event will span four
full days, from Thursday July 20 to Sunday July 23. Centered in Hamilton, Ontario, we will
visit several different sites of historical interest in Hamilton and the greater Toronto area
at which invited members will speak about a variety of postal history topics. We will also host
a National-level postal history exhibition as well as a bourse with fifteen dealers.
See below for complete information about the event, including registration forms.
Or, don't hesitate to contact us
for further information. We hope to see you there and will value your active participation! A registration
form for the event, an exhibition application form and information about all events are available on the
sidebar at left. The forms may be filled out electronically (right-click and download before opening in
Adobe Acrobat) or printed and filled out by hand. Complete instructions for payment is also included on each
Postal History Presentations
One of the highlights of the event will be a series of 7-9 presentations by fellow
members on a variety of topics in the postal history of Canada and British North America.
These will take place at a variety of venues around the GTA in conjunction with our
visits to historical sites.
We will visit several venues in Hamilton and GTA. On Thursday, we will tour the
Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation and
the Harry Sutherland Philatelic Library, and have a demonstration of
the VSC6000 video spectral comparator that is used by the VGG in expertization. Later
that day, we will visit Fort York. While there, we will have two postal
history presentations, an opportunity to tour the facility and a catered dinner. Transportation
to all these Toronto events will be made available for purchase. For those wishing to meet
us at VGG, their doors open at 10am.
On Friday, we will have a number of presentations at the hotel followed by lunch
at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, where we
will have a tour and additional presentations. Finally, on Saturday evening, the Symposium
awards banquet, in the form of an informal barbecue, will take place on the HMCS Haida,
a second world war destroyer preserved as a National Historic Site in Hamilton Harbour.
Registration and payment for these events is required in advance. The cost of each event
includes a catered meal as well as admission to the venues. For the
Toronto venues, motor coach transportation can be optionally purchased, while for the two
other venues, we will carpool to the sites, as they are both quite close to the hotel.
Postal History Exhibition
The Exhibition has National-level accreditation and will comprise approximately 120
frames. It will be open only to Postal History of Canada and British North America,
including military, transportation and postal stationery postal histories.
Both single frame and multi-frame exhibits will be welcomed. A link to an
Exhibit Application form is available at left. This is a pdf document that may be filled
out electronically and submitted by email, or printed and filled out by hand. The
deadline for submitting this application is April 30, 2017, and thereafter the
Symposium Committee will select those exhibits that will appear in the Exhibition.
More information about exhibiting and the Exhibition may be found on our
On Saturday and Sunday, we will have a bourse at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel with
fifteen leading postal history dealers. Each dealer is urged to concentrate on
postal history wares. A link to a list of dealers that will appear at Symposium 2017
is provided at left.
In addition to the formal postal history presentations, we anticipate scheduling a
number of more informal 'breakout sessions' that will concentrate on specific
postal history topics. More information will be provided here soon. If you have an
idea for a breakout session and would like to volunteer to lead a session, please
let us know.
As many of the events will take place at the
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel,
it will be most convenient for participants to find accommodation there.
The PHSC has made arrangements for convention block rates at the Sheraton. Reservations can
be made at the hotel website, by calling (905) 529-5515
or (888) 627-8161, or through any of the standard travel
websites. Please mention the PHSC Symposium when
making your reservation. Parking is available
for an extra daily fee.