The Knoxville Philatelic Society
Founded in 1980 as the Expo City Stamp Club, in honor of the 1982 Knoxville World’s Fair, the club became the Knoxville Stamp Club in 1983 and the Knoxville Philatelic Society in 1994.
KPS members range from the new collector to the experienced exhibitor, and collecting interests cover the world from classic issues of the 19th century to the latest new issues. Members are eager to share their experiences and enthusiasm for our hobby, and some programs are designed to assist new collectors, young and old. Membership in the KPS is open to all interested collectors worldwide.
KPS meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month and on the 5th Tuesday of months that have one, at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Meetings begin at 7:00 pm with a trade and swap time, and the formal meeting begins at 7:30 pm with a program presented by a KPS member on an interesting aspect of philately. The business meeting follows the program, and meetings usually conclude by 9:00 pm. KPS members may place lots in the silent auction held before the formal meeting. We also meet on 4-6 Saturdays during the year at locations in and around Knoxville.
Special KPS meetings are held when a month has a 5th Tuesday. The 5th Tuesday meetings are devoted exclusively to trading and swapping. Delving through the KPS 5 cents per stamp stock, buying stamps from huge KPS inventory, or purchasing from the American Philatelic Society circuit books sent to the club are among the activities at 5th Tuesday meetings. Additionally, the KPS executive board meets on those evenings, and all KPS members are invited to attend board meetings.
KPS members receive the monthly newsletter, KPS News, back issues of which are archived at this website. This award winning publication, which has earned a Gold Award from the American Philatelic Society for nine straight years, from 2006 through 2015, is mailed in a colorful cachet envelope featuring a theme related to a new USPS stamp. An added bonus is the real "Stamp of the Month," included in members' newsletters, but available only in virtual form on the web site.
Each year, KPS hosts KnoxPEx – its annual philatelic exhibition. Always held the first weekend in March, KnoxPEx features a program to assist youth and new collectors, a bourse of approximately 13 dealers, a show cachet and commemorative cancel, competitive exhibits, and a live auction. Admission and parking are free. KPS members may enter lots in the live auction, which is held Saturday evening during the show.
For additional information about the Knoxville Philatelic Society, email us at Knoxstamps@gmail.com, or write KPS at PO Box 50422, Knoxville, TN 37950-0422.