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May 2004

Release Date: May 10, 2004

West Texas Forts Highlighted in Postal Cover Display at West Texas Collection

An exhibit of postal covers collected by local historian and stamp collector Nonie Green on West Texas military posts will be on display at the Dr. Ralph R. Chase West Texas Collection now through the summer.

The display "Texas Forts and Camps through Postal Covers" features postal covers from 23 forts and camps located on the Texas frontier. The exhibit uses books, photographs, paintings, maps and memorabilia to augment the history of the postal covers and the frontier military facilities.

Postal covers are envelopes or post cards bearing cancelled stamps. The most unique postal covers are those bearing new stamps that are postmarked on the first day of sale. For each new postal issue, the U.S. Postal Service selects one location, usually related to the stamp subject, as the place for the first day dedication ceremony and the first day postmark.

The frontier military posts highlighted in the exhibit are Forts Belknap, Bliss, Clark, Chadbourne, Concho, Davis, Duncan, Hancock, Griffin, Inge, McIntosh, McKavett, Mason, Quitman, Sam Houston and Stockton as well as Camps Charlotte, Colorado, Cooper, Hudson, Leon Springs, Rice and Verde.

The postal covers are part of a collection assembled over the years by Mrs. Green of San Angelo. Earlier this year at the American Philatelic Society's national convention in Norfolk, Va., she was one of three individuals honored for 50 years of membership in the organization.

Green has served in various positions in the society, including as president of the Texas Philatelic Association. Green has received awards for her exhibits on the state and national level. In addition, she served for 20 years as a judge for philatelic competitions. She was the first woman to receive the Philatelic Texan Award.

A native Texan, Green is active in the Tom Green County Historical Society.

The WTC will honor Green during a 5-7 p.m. reception June 9 in the collection on the second floor of the Houston Harte University Center. The display is open for viewing any time the WTC is open. Hours for the summer months are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The WTC will be closed May 24-31.