Send a letter for free with the new Hudson River School stamps

The US Post Office will release a new series of Forever Stamps on Thursday, August 21 that commemorates paintings of the Hudson River School. Amy Hufnagel, Olana’s new director of education, will be at the Hudson City Post Office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to encourage the art of letter-writing and celebrate the introduction of the new stamps.

Stop by and write a free postcard or special letter to anyone of your choice, and Hufnagel will give you a free Hudson River School stamp. The Hudson post office also has a special commemorative cancellation stamp for these letters. Commemorative cancellations increase the value of stamps. For more information, visit https://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2014/pb22394/html/info_006.htm.

Hufnagel will also encourage people to sit and write a note on Saturday, August 23 at Olana from 1 to 4 p.m. Tables will be located on the East Lawn, weather permitting, or in the Coachman’s House if there is rain. The envelopes and postcards offered that day will be pre-cancelled so participants will have the special Hudson, NY insignia on their correspondence.

This year’s American Treasure series includes miniature images of Distant View of Niagara Falls by Thomas Cole (1801-1848); Summer Afternoon by Asher B. Durand (1796-1886); Sunset by Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900); and Grand Canyon by Thomas Moran (1837-1926).

The Olana State Historic Site, located at 5720 State Route 9G in Hudson and administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, is a National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the state. To learn more about Olana, visit www.olana.org.

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