Mount Washington celebrates stamp release

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NORTH CONWAY, N.H. – A First-Day Stamp Release Celebration is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Weather Discovery Center. Mount Washington is featured in the collection Wonders of America: Land of Superlatives. The collection depicts 40 natural and man-made wonders of the United States. These places, plants, animals and structures were selected from every region of the country.

On the front of each stamp, in large letters, are words that describe the superlative nature of a particular place or thing. Smaller type gives the name or location of the featured wonder. Text on the back of each stamp provides relevant statistics and other information.

The stamp, Windiest Place; Mount Washington, pictures the mountain, and the text describes the summit of Mount Washington as holding the official record for the maximum wind gust ever recorded on land not associated with a tornado or hurricane. On April 12, 1934, an anemometer recorded a wind gust of 231 mph.

The celebration, which is open to the public, will feature remarks by visiting dignitaries, including Matt Leahy, project director for U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg, and Chris Lazaroff, president of the First Day Cover Society.

The program will include a “Live from the Rockpile” video conference with weather observers on the summit of Mount Washington, the official unveiling of the stamp design and the sale and cancellation of stamps.

Refreshments will be served, and the event will coincide with the kickoff to the summer sales season for the museum shop and the Weather Discovery Center.

Sharing in the celebration will be mountain partners Mt. Washington Auto Road, Mt. Washington State Park, U.S. Forest Service, Appalachian Mountain Club and the Cog Railroad.

For more information contact the observatory at P.O. Box 2310, North Conway NH 03860; phone, 800-706-0432; or visit www.mountwashington.org.

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