Postmarked Arcanum program topic


Staff report



ARCANUM — Postmarked Arcanum is the subject May 11 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society at 123 W. George St.

Arcanum Postmaster Gary Naylor has been collecting postal service memorabilia during his 27-year career with the U.S. Postal Service with his interest beginning during his father’s 37-year career with the post office. While working in Arcanum since 2006 he has delved into local history.

Naylor will present a brief history of Postal Service, local history and changes taking place in the recent years.

Come early to view some of his collection, On permanent display is the 1862 postmaster’s standing desk and letter sorting box from the John Smith Co. Store used by John Smith, Arcanum’s first postmaster. The lettering sorting box sections have the destination labels still in place.

Although this is not the motto of the U.S. Postal Service, it is an adage anyone may remember, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

“Join us for an evening of remembering what mail service was years ago and what it is today,” a spokesperson said. “Don’t let now, rain, heat or gloom of night keep you from attending what promises to be an interesting evening. Mark your calendar for May 11. This free program is open to everyone.”

Learn more about Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society at www.arcanumhistoricalsociety.org. For more information, email contact@arcanumhistoricalsociety.org .

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Staff report