Eliot Landau will discuss his award-winning philatelic exhibition Lincoln, Slavery and the Civil War at this years Maynard Sundman Lecture at Smithsonians National Postal Museum
Saturday, March 7, at 1 p.m. In addition, the collection will be on display in the museums Franklin Foyer from Friday, March 6, to Sunday, March 8. The exhibit combines stamps, mail, ephemera and artifacts in an engaging exploration of Lincolns presidency, the Civil War and black history. The collection of visual materials tells the story from a unique perspective using everyday objects, such as a letter, an abolitionist newspaper, photographs and actual shackles worn by a slave. In addition, Landau has prepared a special exhibit, Collect Lincoln for Yourself.
Landau is an attorney, an accredited American Philatelic Society national chief judge and noted Lincoln author, exhibitor and lecturer. He was a civil rights worker for voter registration and desegregation efforts and served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall. He is the co-author and chief editor of Linns U.S. Stamp Facts: Nineteenth Century, and wrote chapters for the Encyclopedia of U.S. Stamps and Stamp Collecting. He is a former president of the Chicago Philatelic Society.
The National Postal Museums Maynard Sundman Lecture Series was established in 2002 through a donation by his sons, David and Donald. The Sundman lectures feature talks by authors and expert philatelists on stamps and stamp collecting.