|From 8:30 - 10:00 AM, we'll have a talk about the Wild West and Tucson area from 1500s to the present.|
At 10:15, we'll depart for a visit to the Postal History Foundation near the University of Arizona Campus. There, 50 volunteers and three staff members operate this foundation, sharing their love of stamps by informing visitors about the variety of stamps, postal history, and the stories behind them.
Inside there is an 1890s Post Office from Naco (a border town south of Tucson), with a variety of fascinating old equipment. Another rooms has changing exhibits related to stamps and their history, and the third room is set up so people of all ages can come to learn and be actively involved in the sorting and cataloging of the stamps. The volunteers will walk us around as they share their enthusiasm for this lifelong hobby.
This is a working Post Office, too, so if we want to mail anything, we can do it here.
The Slusser Philatelic Library is next door, designed mainly for research purposes, but it is interesting to explore, too.
Bus departs at 12:00 PM for lunch destination.