The Delphos Museum of Postal History will honor Dr. Walter W. Wolery for his many contributions — not only to the museum but his dedication to the art of philately — at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
In 2001, when the museum was located in its former home, through the generosity of Dr. Wolery and the Arnold C. Dienstberger Foundation, a stamp gallery was established to display this major aspect of postal history. Doctor Wolery’s donation of stamps both domestic and international, stamp albums, philatelic stationery and one-of-a-kind collectables enabled the museum to introduce the wonderful world of philately. Casual collectors were not even aware of the existence of these “new” items. The exhibits encouraged individuals to begin their own collections.
Over the 17-year history of the museum, Dr. Wolery has continued his donations with complete sets of United Nations issues, topical collections such as the first day covers honoring Sir Rowland Hill (the inventor of the postage stamp) and loose stamps to be given to those visitors interested in exploring this hobby.
Even prior to the creation of the Museum of Postal History, Wolery assisted the postmaster of Delphos with various promotions such as America’s introduction of semi-postal stamps, items related to canal history or on the subject of letters written in times of war. Dr. Wolery would provide stamp displays and make himself available to the public during these exhibitions.
A granite paver designed in the form of an addressed envelope to Dr. Wolery will be placed in the entryway of the museum at 339 N. Main St. The public is invited to take this opportunity to view all the new exhibits that were completed this year and also to chat with the Wolery family.
Light refreshments will follow the unveiling.