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How Colonial Era Letters Reveal Our History

November 16, 2018

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Birch Bay Village Inn

Dr. Timothy O’Connor will portray Ben Franklin, who was once the Postmaster of Philadelphia, to show us how Colonial era letters and stamps - some from Maine - illuminate the qualities of everyday life as well as momentous incidents in American history. Before we had texting, Facebook, Twitter, email, the telephone, or even the telegraph, we had the Post. In fact, this critical means of communication was so important that the Continental Congress established the Post Office as one of its first official acts. When you hear the term "philately" (stamp collecting), you might not think of how these 18th century stamped letters can be used to tell the story of America!

Dr. Timothy O’Connor is a summer resident of Seal Cove, and recently won the Grand Award at the Seattle Philatelic Exhibition. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Tufts Medical School, and is a retired Oncologist. Tim divides his time between Seal Cove and Boston, has been married for 46 years, and has grandchildren in Ellsworth. He enjoys golf, philately and Colonial American history.  

How Colonial Era Letters Reveal Our History