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Join Henry Lukas this morning at the Beverly Public Library for his illustrated presentation called “Pushing the Envelope: A History of America Through Postage Stamps.” Lukas, the education director at Spellman Museum of Postal History, will discuss the famous events and individuals in U.S. history as seen on postage stamps that commemorate these happenings and people. He will highlight the history of the postal system and the ways mail has been delivered since the Colonial times. Lukas will also speak about the unusual items that have been transported by the postal service over the years, including war helmets, the Hope Diamond, and even a little girl in Idaho. The presentation is part of the library's Monday Mornings lecture series for adults, and takes place from 9:30 to 10:30 in the library's Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served at 9. For more information, email Robin at email@example.com or call 978-921-6062.
Who's Mustafa? Retired Salem State University history professor Joseph Piemonte will speak about Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, an army officer and revolutionary statesman who became the first president of Turkey. The lecture begins at 10 a.m. at the Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. The public is invited. For more information, visit www.explorerslli.org or call 978-744-0804.
Ipswich Museum docent and college professor George Gray will discuss his recent trip to Russia in a presentation called “From Russia with Love,” at the Museum's Brown Bag Lunch meeting. The program begins at noon at the Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main St. Admission is free for Ipswich senior citizens and museum members, and $5 for nonmembers. Bring a lunch. Visit www.ipswichmuseum.org for details.