Spring/Summer 2017 Programs
Peak House Tours
The Peak House will be open Sunday afternoons, from 2-5 pm during the summer. Stop in to see our The Amos Clark Kingsbury Medfield School of Art sign and other exhibits or to take a tour of this historic property. Even in the summertime the Peak House is really cool!
Astrophilatelist (huh?) to Speak at Historical Society’s October 2 Meeting
Monday, October 2
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
26 North Street, Medfield
The Medfield Historical Society welcomes David S. Ball, newly-appointed executive director of the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History located at Regis College in Weston, to speak at 7:30 pm on October 2nd at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 26 North St. in Medfield. The presentation is free and open to the public.
In addition to being an entertaining speaker, David Ball is one of America’s foremost astrophilatelists. An astrophilatelist (“astro” refers to space and “philatelist” to the study of postage stamps) tells the story of the conquest of space through postage stamps.
“America is entering a new age of spaceflight. We grew up watch the Apollo astronauts walk on the Moon. Then we spent the next 30 years flying to orbit with the Space Shuttle. Today we are experiencing the introduction of commercial launches that will reach the International Space Station, the Moon and on to Mars.” Ball said.
While the talk will focus on the intersection of space and postal history, David plans to bring interesting artifacts from the Space Age including a piece of the X-15 rocket plane (first piloted by Neil Armstrong) that flew to space and back, as well as a part from the Apollo Command Module, Lunar Module, and computer keypad and thermal tile from the Space Shuttle, and an unused part of the International Space Station. The talk will be of interest to all ages.
David is a member of the Royal Philatelic Society of London, a director of the American Air Mail Society, and author of American Astrophilately: The First Fifty Years. This book was hailed by the curator of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum as “the finest book of its kind ever written.” Inscribed copies will be available at the event. David is also the US Delegate for Astrophilately to FIP, the world body for exhibiting postage stamps.
A true polymath, David is a registered nurse with 20 years of professional experience and with graduate degrees in public health and management, and he attained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve.