The town of Whitehall will be commemorated by a stamp cancellation this summer.
The cancellation will be part of the 250th anniversary celebration of the founding of Skenesborough, and will be introduced for one weekend at the Whitehall Quilt Show that will be held on July 24 and 25.
“We came up with the idea of a stamp cancellation over the winter,” said Heritage Area coordinator Carol Greenough, who also serves as a member of the Whitehall Historical Society.
Greenough said that they were not sure if they would be able to have a stamp cancellation, so they brought the matter to Whitehall Postmaster Jodi Finnegan.
“She told us that a lot of people do a stamp cancellation,” said Grennough. “They even have a booklet that shows people all of the ways that they can request and design a cancellation.”
Once they found out that they could do the stamp cancellation, Greenough started to collect information and design a proposed stamp for the Quilt Show.
“I put down the information that I thought we wanted along with the dates,” said Greenough. “We sent the proposal down to Albany and they sent it back to us with the changes that we needed to make.”
One of the changes was that the stamp cancellation could only have one date on it, so Greenough put down the second day of the show, July 25, 2009.
“They also told us that we had to have the word ‘station’ somewhere on the stamp,” said Greenough. “I went back and looked through the booklet and the word ‘station’ was on every one of them.”
Overall, Greenough said that the changes that the Post Office requested were to make the stamp cancellation a stamp more than a sales pitch.
“In other words, they do not want this to be an ad,” said Greenough.
Once the changes were made, Greenough again submitted the stamp to the Post Office. On Thursday, April 23, she received word that the stamp cancellation had been approved.
The stamp cancellation features a quilt square in the center of the stamp, with the words “Whitehall 250th Anniversary Through Quilts Station,” on the top with the July 25, 2009 date surrounding the bottom of the quilting square and the inscription “Whitehall, New York 12887” underneath.
“We are also going to use this design in all of our advertising for the event,” said Greenough.
The Historical Society is now planning on how they will distribute the stamp at the festival.
“The idea is to have on-hand stamped envelops,” said Greenough. “A person can go to the Quilt Show and buy it and there will someone from the Post Office there to cancel the stamp and the envelope. Then, it can be used for a one-time mailing to anyone in the country.”