LOC Commemorative Stamp


The Citizens\' Stamp Advisory Committee, a group of independent citizens appointed by the Postmaster General to review more than 40,000 suggestions for stamp subjects received by the United States Postal Service each year, recommended a commemorative stamp for issuance on the Library\'s Bicentennial date, April 24, 2000. Ethel Kessler, the designer of the breast cancer stamp issued on July 29, 1998 by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Postmaster General William Henderson, has designed the Library\'s Bicentennial commemorative stamp, as pictured here on the Library of Congress WebsiteFrom April 25, 2000 through May, 2000, state and local libraries across the country will hold issuance ceremonies and celebrations to celebrate the Library of Congress\' birthday, and to applaud the important role of libraries throughout the United States. As part of the issuance ceremony libraries will develop a special cancellation and envelope design unique to each library holding an event! There is no limit to the number of libraries that can hold an event. To assist libraries interested in this collaborative project with the Library of Congress and their local postmaster, staff in the Bicentennial Program Office at the Library of Congress have prepared an information kit covering every aspect of planning a second-day issuance event. Available upon request to libraries, the kit includes media guidelines, sample press releases, tips on working with the local postmasters, information about locating and working with local philatelic groups, programming suggestions and ideas for planning a stamp issuance event, and a planning timetable and checklist. To request an information kit contact Kathy Woodrell by email at [email protected] or by telephone at (202) 707-7206 or (800) 707-7145. For additional information about holding a second-day issue event, please see the Fact Sheet for the Library of Congress Commemorative Postage Stamp and Second-Day Issue Sites Project at www.loc.gov/bicentennial/factsheet.html