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USPS To Hold New Stamp Ceremony at UWFox's Barlow Planetarium

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The Barlow Planetarium, in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, is hosting a news conference on Wednesday, October 5, to unveil four new postage stamps. The news conference is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. and is being held inside the Barlow Planetarium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley in Menasha.

The Barlow Planetarium was selected to host the ceremony because the new stamps depict four major constellations - Orion, Leo, Pegasus, and Lyra. The theme of the news conference is, “Be A Stargazer … Let the Stars Guide You Into Stamp Collecting.” The four new stamps are expected to be exceptionally popular among philatelists.

Karen Klamczynski, the director of the Barlow Planetarium, said, “We’re very pleased that the Post Office has selected the Barlow for this very special event. The Barlow has hosted a wide variety of events, from concerts and plays to weddings and lectures…but this will be the first time we’ve hosted a ceremony like this with an agency of the federal government.”

In addition to USPS and UWFox officials that have been invited to the news conference, approximately 70 fifth graders and adult chaperones from Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School in Green Bay have been invited (by the USPS) to attend the ceremony. Several students in Margaret Van Deurzen’s class will be asked to read award-winning essays that they wrote about the unveiling of the new constellation stamps.

Diana L. Yost, Neshkoro Postmaster, has been serving as the USPS community relations coordinator on behalf of the regional USPS management team that’s co-hosting the news conference. Ron Hentz, Menasha Postmaster, is expected to be at the news conference to officially represent the USPS. Yost stated that, “This particular event is just for northeast Wisconsin, but nationally, there are many other events such as this that will be held.”

Hentz and Van Deurzen will also be handing out awards to several students who will be recognized for their award-winning essays. Klamczynski will be presenting a visual history and background about the four constellations that are featured on the new stamps, using the exciting technology that the Barlow offers to its audiences.

After the news conference, the new stamp designs will be on display in the Curler Science Gallery, in the campus lobby adjacent to the Barlow Planetarium.

The Barlow Planetarium is located at 1478 Midway Road, Menasha. The news conference is open to members of the media, but closed to the general public.

Posted 10/3/2005