UNITARIANS AND UNIVERSALISTS ON STAMPS
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When John was the minister of the First Universalist Church in Rochester, New York, I was on the Church School Committee. In the autumn of 1972, there was a need to have some activity for the Sunday School children during the time between Sunday School and the time parents took them home. Both the children and the parents came to the "Coffee Hour," but the children needed something to do while waiting for the parents to take them home. This was very important!
I suggested that we have a stamp club for the children, which, hopefully would siphon off most of the children, thereby reduce most of the destructive behavior that had taken place. Well, as so often happens, it was my suggestion and I became the leader of the Junior Stamp Club. This activity, held in a quiet room, was very quieting and instructive. The scheme worked well, considering their former behavior.
I offered them U.S. and foreign stamps; the children could look through boxes of stamps to choose which ones they wanted to put into their collection.
After a year of this activity, word of our Junior Stamp Club reached our denominational headquarters. Carl Seaburg, who was the director of information of the U.U.A., asked our Junior Stamp Club if we would make an exhibit of Unitarians and Universalists on stamps.
Personally, I thought our group was too young, the oldest were perhaps 12, but when I asked them about making such an exhibit, they received the request with happiness and eagerness. So, I helped them put together some biographies. I'm sure their parents helped them too. Pages that the children put together are signed by them.
I then placed their reports on star-bordered pages and mounted them on larger pieces of brown paper for convenience in mounting them for an exhibit. They were exhibited at the 1975 General Assembly in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Since then, we have moved from Rochester, New York to Burlington, Iowa (1974) and now live in Quincy, lllinois, where I have added to the earlier exhibit.