Celebrating 250 Years with a Commemorative Postage Stamp

The College is celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2020. What better way to celebrate than with a stamp! Ann Looper Pryor, Vice President of Alumni Affairs, first proposed the idea and collaborated with Mark Berry, Chief Marketing Officer at The College, to make the Forever postage stamp a reality according to The College Today.

In January of 2017, former CofC President Glenn McConnell submitted an application to the U.S. Postal Service for a commemorative postage stamp. In October 2018, Interim President Stephen Osborne sent the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) a marketing plan and design options for the stamp. The expanded proposal and the designs are available online for the public to review.

The proposal for the commemorative stamp received support from numerous Charleston institutions.  Both the Charleston County and City Councils issued resolutions in support of the stamp. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, the South Carolina Congressional Delegation, and the College of Charleston Alumni Association president Michael Renault have sent letters of support to CSAC.

Even with all the support that the stamp is receiving,  CSAC has yet to accept the proposal for the commemorative stamp. Over 50,000 proposals for commemorative stamps are submitted each year. Alumni Affairs are asking alumni and supporters of the College to send letters in support of the stamp to CSAC. Instructions on how to take part of this letter writing campaign is on the Alumni Association website.

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Sarah Shtessel is a junior double majoring in Political Science and Economics and works as a staff writer for CisternYard Media. Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, she uses her free time to read, spend time with friends, and going to art galleries in Charleston.

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