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Write a Letter to Santa


Visit the Postal History Foundation between November 28th and December 23rd to write a letter to Santa Claus. Everything you need is in our Slusser library for writing the letters, you bring 47¢ for the stamp.

Also available are supplies to create a Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa card for someone you love. Have fun decorating cards with old USPS stamps for a creative, beautiful look.

Hours for this activity are Monday thru Fridays 10am-2pm. November 28 - December 23rd.


New Lesson Connects with Cursive

New this school year is our "Writing the Declaration of Independence" lesson. This lesson connects the history of writing the document and the importance of knowing how to write in cursive. Included are eleven stamps connecting with cursive and important political leaders of the American Revolution at the time such as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and more. Cursive practice is included. This lesson is written for students of the fourth grade and above. We would like to thank the Campaign for Cursive ® organization for their support. Campaign for Cursive®  is sponsored by the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)6 business association. For more information on how to engage children and adults in learning cursive please go to their wedsite at



Field Trips

Don't miss the fun!

Plan on making the Postal History Foundation a field trip destination any time of the year. Our fun, educational field trips are the best value in town at only $2 per student. Teachers and chaperones are free. We plan the field trip around your requirements for your students. You can email us at or fill out the online request form on the panel to the right.

Learning Never Ends

Use stamps year round in your classrooms, home school, museum, library, workshops, and community centers. Our List of Lessons is always available to order from and the Topical  stamp files are always available for student requests. Have you child or student write us a letter asking for stamps, incorporate stamps into an art lesson, or timeline. Most any idea can connect with stamps. With stamps, the world is at your fingertips.

2016 Tucson Birthday Stamp Grand Winner Unveiled

Use the new stamp on your mail!

2016 Grand Winner Roark Polzin  Web aRoark and Piccarreta Grand Prize A2016 Birthday Stamp best for web


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Pictured above left is the new Grand Winner, Roark Polzin. Roark Polzin is a 15 year old home school student. Pictured above center is Micheal Piccarreta of the Piccarreta Davis law firm that owns the building pictured on the 2016 Tucson Birthday Stamp at right.

Polzin used colored drawing markers to create his picture of the iconic “Diving Lady” sign and the building it hangs on. The well known sign can be seen in downtown Tucson at 145 S 6th Ave. The sign was restored to its former glory in 2012 by the Piccarreta Davis law firm which renovated the old Willard Hotel building in 1993.

Roark Polzin entered the stamp design contest two years ago and is very much a perfectionist. In fact, he was not happy with his art for last year’s contest and never entered his picture. This year Roark decided to draw the "Diving Lady" sign because he “really likes the building and they drive by it every day.” It took him a few hours a day for about a week to complete his masterpiece.

Lisa Dembowski, Education Director at the Postal History Foundation, asked Michael Piccarreta, (pictured at left with Roark), to be a surprise guest and give Roark his awards and sheet of stamps.

Fifteen winners from three age groups were awarded certificates, ribbons, and an assortment of prizes including gift certificates from Bookmans Entertainment Exchange who has supported the contest with certificates for more than seven years. 

All of the winning entries are on exhibit for a year at the Postal History Foundation. Hours are M-F  8 am. to 3 pm.

OTHER WINNERS: In addition, two designs from each age group were selected and printed as collectible art work on envelopes used for mail. Cachet winners are as follows per age group. Age 5-8: Phelipe Cazares-Griffin from Basis Tucson and Mckenzie Parchuke of Tanque Verde Elementary. Age 9-12: Jillian Stachowski of Gale Elementary and Aracely Castillon from Gallego Intermediate. Age 13-17: Jonathan Hasenstab of Desert Sky Middle school and Azmiyn Vidal who attends Immaculate Heart Academy.

Click here to see pictures of collectible envelopes ,the 2016 stamp, and order information.

The stamps are custom legal US postage and can be used for the mail you send!  Stamps can be purchased or ordered from the Postal History Foundation here in Tucson, proceeds to benefit our youth education program. TheYES, Youth Education thru Stamps, department supports over 13,000 students and teachers across the country annually with lessons and postage stamps and averages over 450,000 stamps given annually to students for learning and collecting purposes. 

People may buy the stamps and collectible envelopes at the Postal History Foundation, call in an order, or mail in the order form.

2016 Stamp and Collectible Order Form

Any questions call 520-623-6652 x 102  or email .