Jan. 29, 2008
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Baldwin City, Kan. — The U.S. Postal Service will help celebrate the sesquicentennial of Baker University by offering a commemorative postmark to honor the university on its Founder’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 12.

The special postmark for Baker’s 150th birthday will feature the university’s seal, which has served Baker since 1909 when Kansas’ first college celebrated its golden anniversary. Its Latin motto is translated to “Let him first be a man,” and it contains three Greek words for “soul,” “mind,” and “body.” At the center of the seal is the lamp of learning on the open book of knowledge.

Baldwin City Postmaster Joan Welch will imprint postmarks on pre-stamped envelopes from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Harter Union on Feb. 12. The commemorative postmark is free. However, it can only be placed on first-class mail postage and is valid only on February 12th. After that date, the postmark becomes a collector’s item and cannot be used for postage. The postmark also may be obtained in the coming weeks by enclosing stamped envelopes to: Baldwin City Post Office, 702 High Street, 66006. The request by mail must include a self-addressed stamped envelope for return and must be received by March 12, 2008.