National Postal Museum Hosts the 13th Annual Sundman Lecture Parks, Postmarks and Postmasters: Post Offices within the National Park Service

By Editorial Team on August 16, 2016
Photo of Paul Lee courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum.
Photo of Paul Lee courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum.


Talk: Thursday, August 18 from 12pm to 1pm


The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum will host the 13th annual Maynard Sundman lecture Thursday, Aug. 18, from noon to 1 pm in the museum’s Discovery Center. Admission is free, with no reservation required. Parks, Postmarks and Postmasters combines the real-life drama and human interest of the people, places, and events that created our national park system with a study of the post offices and postmasters that connect them to the outside world.

Speaker Paul Lee was born in West Virginia in 1944. After earning degrees from Wittenberg and James Madison universities, he became a high school biology teacher and held summer jobs in Rock Creek, Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains national parks. He eventually left teaching and became a full-time National Park Service (NPS) employee. As an interpretive planner, Paul developed dozens of visitor centers, exhibitions and media presentations at NPS sites in the U.S., American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands. He retired in 2000 and lives in Colorado, where he volunteers at the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library in Denver.

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s Maynard Sundman Lecture Series was established in 2002 through a donation by his sons, David and Donald. The Sundman lectures feature talks by authors and expert philatelists on stamps and stamp collecting.

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is located at 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE. For more information, visit