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Monday, January 21, 2013 11:29 AM

Alaska - the final frontier. We are offering you the opportunity of a lifetime. A trip like none other. See Alaska from the comfort of a luxury van as part of a group of 13 of your friends from the Delphos area. You read that correctly. Not as part of 5,000 people on a floating city stuck out in the water but experiencing life in Alaska with your own native Alaskan guide - staying in quaint inns and luxury cottages (jacuzzis are included).

On July 27, we will fly to Anchorage where we will meet our own personal guide who will escort us for the next 10 days to experience all that Alaska has to offer. No waiting in line to see if there is room for you on an extra excursion for hundreds of dollars. We have it all as the integral parts of our trip. Flightseeing near Mt Mckinley, landing on Matanuska Glacier and Ice Treking, Lion’s Head Whitewater Rafting or Glacier Run Slow Float, ride for 2 miles being pulled by an Iditarod Race Team, Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park, board a watercraft that will take you right up to the glacier face, sail the Kenai Fjords, take a photo safari and so much more.

There are no lines, no crowds, just you, your guide and a small group of friends. Now here’s the rub: there are only 6 seats left. So put the newspaper down and call me NOW- 419-303-5482. It’s the middle of the night?- email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Don’t wait or it will be too late.

It is time for the museum’s Second Annual Gala Celebration Feb. 17 where we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of parcel post. Cocktails will begin at 5 p.m. hosted by the Jubilee Winery followed by a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. We will be serenaded by Bob Ulm on the keyboard, enjoy desserts by Ruth Ann, trivia contests and the chance to win the Grand Door Prize of a week’s vacation at your choice of either Lake Tahoe or Palm Springs, California. All for just $25 per person. Last year we we were sold out with almost 200 guests.

Make your reservation by mailing your check to the Museum of Postal History, PO Box 174, Delphos OH 45833-0174. You will receive your mystery parcel at the door when you arrive - there is no telling what might be inside (it will feel like Christmas all over again). Questions, just call us. Come see what’s new at the museum and spend a fun evening in the process.

Yes I did hear you earlier. What is the significance of parcel post? Why is that so important? At the turn of the twentieth century, rural America had just started to receive delivery of mail at their homes and farms. Rural Free Delivery began as an experiment in West Virginia in 1896. Prior to that, people had to travel into town to get their mail, many on foot or by horseback.

The Post Office Department was not geared to handling large items. But the rural towns storekeepers were not going to lay down quietly when this idea was proposed. Known as the Great Debate in Congress, lobbyists for major department stores fought hard to have goods shipped easily and cheaply to Americans throughout the country. In 1913, Congress directed the United States Postal Department to institute parcel post and as such this was the first nail in the coffin for small town retailers.

However, the consumer was the prize winner here. Now they had the opportunity to order from catalogs with greater variety and competitive pricing. It has been said that you would find two items on the table in the living room of every farmhouse - the family bible and a Sears and Roebuck catalog.

You could buy almost anything through the mail. If you visit the Delphos Canal Commission Museum you will find a car made by Sears. You could purchase guns, buildings, almost anything could be delivered by the US Mail.

Come to the Gala and learn more about this major milestone in the development of America.


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