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Alex Haimann's Wisconsin Visit

By MaryAnn Bowman

"Our members will be sorry they missed this presentation!" were the words expressed by one of the attendees at the Fond du Lac dutch-treat dinner meeting with Alex Haimann on Monday, October 5. As luck had it, the football rivalry game of the year between the Packers and the Vikings was scheduled for the same night.

I had the pleasure and opportunity to accompany Alex Haimann, the 23-year-old Collections Specialist from the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum during his three-day Wisconsin visit. His primary purpose was to visit schools in the Waukesha area. He attended five different schools during the day and gave three evening presentations during his stay — making a total of 21 different presentations. I sat through and listened to each and I can honestly say that I never tired of hearing him speak as he has the wonderful ability to tailor his presentations to the audience and thus each talk offered something a little different.

You can read about Alex's visit to the schools in his blog. Go to postalmuseumblog.si.edu.

Although the crowd at our first evening event in Fond du Lac was not as large as I would have hoped, the audience was genuinely pleased and very appreciative of the opportunity to hear him speak and to see the many interesting historical documents he brought along to share and for collectors to handle.

The next evening he gave two presentations. The first was to my ATA Chapter #5 youth group. Although not their regular meeting night, six of the members and their parents attended. Alex talked and worked with them right at their level. They went home with many new items for their collections. One of the young members even stayed for the adult presentation that followed.

Alex talked to a full house at the Milwaukee Philatelic Society meeting. Other local clubs had also been invited and included the Waukesha County Philatelic Society, the Wauwatosa Philatelic Society, American Topical Association Chapter #5, North Shore Philatelic Society, Kettle Moraine Coin and Stamp Club, the General Billy Mitchell Chapter of the American Air Mail Society, and the German Philatelic Society. Returning for a second opportunity to hear Alex speak was a couple from the Fond du Lac area. Members were not disappointed as he regaled us with stories about his journey through the stamp world and concluded with a display of eclectic philatelic items. Refreshments were served and all had a good time.

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