Bill Monroe stamp campaign update

Moondi Klein and Jimmy Gaudreau sign the Bill Monroe Stamp petitionHere’s another update on the ongoing campaign to petition the US Postal Service to honor Bill Monroe with his very own postage stamp – and we have some very encouraging news!

People and organizations all over the US have been circulating petitions and returning them to the manager of stamp services for the USPS. The campaign has picked up steam this year in the hope of seeing the stamp issued in 2012, which will mark the centennial of Bill Monroe’s birth on September 13.

The good news comes in the form of a letter from Terrence McCaffrey, manager of the USPS stamp development office, in response to a set of signed petitions turned in by the Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association in Pennsylvania.

Letter from Terrence McCaffrey to the Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association about the Bill Monroe stamp campaignThe letter indicates that the Bill Monroe stamp is under consideration for issuance, and that subjects for the 2012 release schedule are now being selected. Now is the time to double down, folks!

You can find all the details to print petitions to be completed, and the addresses where they should be sent, here on Bluegrass Today. Take them to a jam or a bluegrass concert, get your family and friends to sign, irritate your neighbors…

If enough bluegrass lovers participate, we’ll all be able to celebrate the founder of bluegrass music with an official US postage stamp in 2012.

Just do it!

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.