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Medicine on Stamps – Stay Healthy with Philately

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Learn about the history of public health through postage stamps!

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Postages stamps, although small, can include much information about famous individuals, historic events, current topics and a wide-range of other subjects. For example, over the years, thousands of stamps have been issued worldwide celebrating all aspects of the study of medicine.

On May 19th at 7:00pm Henry Lukas, Education Director of the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History at Regis College In Weston, will be presenting a Zoom program featuring a number of these stamps and their connection to medicine. He will highlight recent stamps about Covid-19, other devastating worldwide diseases, famous doctors and nurses, stamps issued to raise funds for medical research, famous hospitals and United Nation stamps explaining the work of the WHO.

Henry Lukas is the Education Director at the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History at Regis College in Weston since 2004.

He is a retired high school social studies teacher, an assistant principal at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) and a principal for seventeen years at the Marblehead, Manchester (MA) and Canton High Schools. He also has served as a Gallery Guide at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Harvard Museum of Natural History and is past president of the Board of the Friends of Fairstead, the National Historic Site in Brookline, the home and office of Frederick Law Olmsted. For over 25 years he was a member of the board of the Boston Children’s Theatre and serving as president several times. He founded the state-wide high school Massachusetts Academic Decathlon in 1984 and served as its state director for over twenty-five years. He is a founding member of the CRLS Alumni Association and during the spring and autumn after his retirement he has led historic tours of the Boston area.


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