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Miami University Bicentennial Celebrated on Postal Card

It seems a lot happened in 1809 and the Postal Service is celebrating the significant events in postage.

It seems a lot happened in 1809 and the Postal Service is celebrating the significant events in postage. Edgar Allen Poe and Abraham Lincoln commemorative First-Class stamps started off the year in celebration of the 200th anniversary of their births, and now, Miami University — celebrating its bicentennial — is being honored on a postal card.

The First-Class 27-cent postal card, the latest in the Historic Preservation series, features a stamp image depicting MacCracken Hall, a residence hall located on the South Quad of Miami University’s main campus in Oxford, OH.

Miami University was the tenth public college founded in the United States. Located 30 miles northwest of Cincinnati, the university is named for the Miami River Valley cut through by the Little Miami River and the Great Miami River, both named by the Miami Indians who lived in the area before European settlement.

The campus features neo-Georgian revival red brick buildings in a park-like setting. Poet Robert Frost described the campus as "the most beautiful college there ever was."

Eastern Area Vice President Megan Brennan was joined at the postal card dedication by Miami University President Dr. David C. Hodge, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Chief Thomas Gamble and Miami University Student Body President Michael J. Scott.

"We are honored that the U.S. Postal Service has recognized Miami University’s Bicentennial with this historic postal card," said Hodge. "The image selected — McCracken Hall — is one of the most recognizable buildings on our campus."

Miami University has an overall enrollment of 20,000 students and maintains regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown, OH, as well as the Miami University European Center in Luxembourg.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

After purchasing the postal card — at your local Post Office, online at or by calling 800-STAMP-24 — address it to yourself or another recipient, place it in an envelope and mail it to:

Miami University Stamped Postal Card
5145 Brown Road
Oxford, OH 45056-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the postal cards through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by April 20, 2009.

How to Order First-Day Covers

Stamp Fulfillment Services also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and other related merchandise.
The Miami University postal card first-day items include: (#223561) First-Day Cover, 40 cents; and (#223591) Ceremony Program, $6.95.

The First-Day Cover is available at The Postal Store on The First-Day Cover and Ceremony Program are available in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800 STAMP-24 or by writing to:

Information Fulfillment
Dept. 6270
U.S. Postal Service
P.O. Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

About the Author

Marilyn Jones has been a journalist for more than 30 years and is currently a freelance feature writer specializing in travel. Her articles have appeared in major newspapers including the BostonGlobe, Akron Beacon Journal and Chicago Sun-Times as well as regional travel magazines.

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