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PHSC Symposium 2018

Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, July 19-22 2018

Not just another stamp show!

The PHSC Symposium is back for its second great year. If you were there for PHSC Symposium 2017, you enjoyed many great postal historical events and camaraderie. One of our main intentions in creating the Symposium was to foster new postal history research and to increase collaboration amongst members. Once again, PHSC Symposium 2018 will give you a chance to interact and learn from experts and each other. The event will span four full days, from Thursday July 19 to Sunday July 22. Centered in Hamilton, Ontario, we will visit several different sites of historical interest in Hamilton and the greater Toronto and Niagara areas 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 or more dealers concentrating on postal history.

We are in the planning stages for the event, and we will add more information here as it becomes available. For now, mark the event on your calendars. The Hamilton Sheraton Hotel is located at 116 King Street West in Hamilton, and offers convenient underground parking. They are ready to take reservations for the event Contact information for the hotel may be found at the bottom of this page. It is of benefit to the PHSC if you make your booking directly with the hotel rather than using any of the online travel sites. See the getting there link for further travel information.

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 will soon be available on the sidebar at left.

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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 area in conjunction with our visits to historical sites.

Historical Tours

We will visit several venues in Hamilton, Niagara and GTA. Full details will be available soon.

Registration and payment for these events will be required in advance, and it will help us a lot with planning if you can register as early as possible. The costs of each event may include a catered meal, admission to the venues and transportation, but details for each will be made clear.

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 will be made available at left when ready. The deadline for submitting this application will be June 1, 2018, and thereafter the Symposium Committee will select those exhibits that will appear in the Exhibition, at their discretion.

More information about exhibiting and the Exhibition may be found on our exhibiting page.


On Saturday and Sunday, we will have a bourse at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel with about fifteen leading postal history dealers. Each dealer is urged to concentrate on postal history wares.

Breakout Sessions

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 such, please let us know.

Hotel Accommodations

As many of the events will take place at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, it will be most convenient for participants to find accommodation there. Reservations can be made at the hotel website, by calling (905) 529-5515 or (888) 627-8161. Please mention the PHSC Symposium when making your reservation. Parking is available for an extra daily fee.