Timberline Lodge to celebrate 75 years with special USPS postmarks
The Postal Service will help Timberline Lodge commemorate its 75th year by issuing a special postmark in honor of the anniversary at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The public is invited to attend this free event.
The historic birthday of the lodge on the south slopes of Mt. Hood will actually be celebrated with the issuance of two collectible postmarks. The first, specifically honoring the Northwest icon’s anniversary, features a rendering of the Lodge with Mt. Hood in the background and will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Timberline Lodge, or by mail until Oct. 29, 2012.
In addition, the first of a series of seven pictorial postmarks celebrating Mt. Hood area communities will be issued the same day at Timberline Lodge. The others in the “Postmark America” program, celebrating our nation’s most-treasured landmarks, will be issued over the coming year at Post Offices in the following Oregon communities: Timberline, Government Camp, Rhododendron, Welches, Brightwood, Sandy and Mt. Hood Parkdale.
Each of the Postmark America designs created by Oregon artist Gary Randall includes a unique image of Mt. Hood and will be available at customers’ request indefinitely after they are issued. All that is needed to obtain the free postmark is a stamped envelope or card. The postmark issuance dates will be announced in the near future.
Scheduled speakers at the Sept. 28 anniversary event include Mike Gentry, President of the Friends of Timberline; Radonna Price, Postmaster of Government Camp; Supervisor Chris Worth of the U.S. Forest Service; Jeff Kohnstamm representing R.L.K. and Company, operators of the Lodge; and Bill White, Past President of the Friends of Timberline and philatelic historian. The Lodge’s official St. Bernard mascots, Heidi and Bruno, will also attend.
During the Great Depression Timberline Lodge was constructed via the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1937 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The project provided work for hundreds of Oregonians and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. Today, Timberline continues to serve the public as one of the Northwest’s most popular tourist attractions.
ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL POSTMARKS
UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
TIMBERLINE LODGE’S 75th ANNIVERSARY
DIAMOND JUBILEE PICTORIAL POSTMARK
“POSTMARK AMERICA” SERIES HONORING
TIMBERLINE LODGE, OREGON SEPTEMBER 28, 2012
Opening remarks by William White, Philatelic Historian
Kim Anderson, USPS District Manager for Oregon and SW Washington
Chris Worth, US Forest Service Mt. Hood Forest Supervisor
Jeff Kohnstamm, President RLK and Company
Mike Gentry, President Friends of Timberline
Gary Randall, Postmark Artist
Postmark table open to the public
Postmarks serviced by Rodonna Price,
Postmaster of Government Camp, Oregon
Complimentary Timberline Lodge Birthday Cake and Coffee
No host lunch served in the Cascade Dining Room
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