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April 2013 PMCC Work Week volunteers

Our next Work Week will occur October 2017.
(Note: The 6th and 12th serve primarily as travel days for most volunteers.)

All work at the PMCC Museum, including the sorting of items for input in the museum's collections, is conducted by enthusiastic volunteers. Twice a year groups (largely comprised of PMCC members) gather at the PMCC Museum to process material for the museum's various collections, including the full-cover, 2x4, and photo holdings.

About two dozen people volunteer at the National Postmark Museum each Work Week. Those who've attended work weeks will tell you it's a worthwhile experience, and you need not be a philatelic expert to participate and enjoy yourself. There's great company, interesting postmarks, and home-made cookies fresh from Missouri!

With more than two million philatelic items and donations improving the Museum's holdings all the time, it's critical that the PMCC not let a backlog of great philatelic material get out of hand. Witness:

Box of postmarks being processed at PMCC Museum Work Week

The above is one of two boxes filled with full-cover items postmarked within New York State. Two volunteers have fully alphabetized the items; now they are analyzing the cancels for inclusion into the PMCC Museum's Primary Collection. (Fortunately this is the only state with such a large backlog of material at the moment.)

The work is not always easy but it is necessary to maintain the PMCC's gem of a museum. Fortunately, no one is alone in this endeavor. During Work Week the Museum bustles with great, knowledgeable, and friendly people. Carpools set out twice daily as volunteers enjoy Bellevue's nearby culinary offerings, including classic diners and pizza buffets.

Where should I stay?
By volunteers' experiences, the most reliable low-cost lodging nearby is found at Milan's Motel 6 and Super 8 off I-80. Please read the reviews at TripAdvisor for more information.
Lodging is relatively inexpensive near the PMCC Museum at this time; Work Weeks are scheduled around nearby [amusement park] Cedar Point's off-season. Due to member experiences it is recommended that volunteers lodge off I-80 north of nearby Milan, and not in Bellevue itself. Some long-time volunteers choose to share rooms with friends to further defray lodging costs.

Volunteers who spend at least four full volunteering days at the Museum Work Week may receive a free night's lodging [up to $50]. Contact the Curator (see sidebar, top-right) for more details.