Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award
The Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Awards is a biennial honor presented by the United States National Postal Museum
National Postal Museum
The National Postal Museum, located opposite Union Station in Washington, D.C., USA, was established through joint agreement between the United States Postal Service and the Smithsonian Institution and opened in 1993. The museum is located across the street from Union Station, in the building that...

, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian Institution is an educational and research institute and associated museum complex, administered and funded by the government of the United States and by funds from its endowment, contributions, and profits from its retail operations, concessions, licensing activities, and magazines...

. The award is designed to recognize individuals for "...outstanding lifetime accomplishments in the field of philately. The achievements can include original research that significantly advances our understanding of philately and postal history; exceptional service to the philatelic community, and, the overall promotion of philately for the benefit of current and future collectors."

The first awards were in 2002 and the most recent winners, in 2008, were Wallace Cleland, Bernard A. Henning Sr. and Gordon Morrison.
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