Cheryl R. Ganz, who retired at the end of February from her position as chief curator of philately for the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, has been appointed to the United States Postal Service’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee.
The March 13 announcement from the Postal Service also revealed that Harvard professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. has agreed to continue serving on the committee, which selects U.S. stamp subjects and designs for approval by the postmaster general.
“Cheryl Ganz brings a wealth of educational experiences and expertise that will add tremendous value to our efforts to create interest and excitement in our stamp program,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe in announcing his selection.
“Cheryl’s vast knowledge, energy and forward-thinking will help us to strike a balance in historical as well as timely, relevant and contemporary subjects on stamps for current and future generations to enjoy.”
Ganz will attend her first committee meeting in April.
She joined the museum in 2005 and was instrumental in the development of the museum’s William H. Gross Stamp Gallery, which opened Sept. 22, 2013. Ganz received the Smithsonian Secretary’s Research Award for the best research book of 2011. Smithsonian Scholarly Press is currently preparing her latest book, Every Stamp Tells a Story: The National Philatelic Collection, for publication later this year.
Gates joined the stamp committee in January 2005.
“We are pleased that Henry Louis Gates will continue adding tremendous intellect and value to the work of the CSAC,” Donahoe said. “As a noted author and historian, Gates remains a significant contributor to the success of our stamp program.”