Eastern National has released its list of new stamps for the month of November, and its a big month for the State of Mississippi.
For starters, the Gulf Islands National Seashore has two new stamps:
- one for Opal Beach in Florida, and
- one ofr Davis Bayou in Mississippi.
These two additions give the park a total of 10 stamps available to collect.
The Gulf Islands National Seashore is primarily known for pristine white sand beaches on coastal barrier islands in the Florida Panhandle and coastal Mississippi. (Interestingly, the park does not include any lands in Alabama in between the two.) Opal Beach is one of those gorgeouse stretches of white sand, on the eastern end of Santa Rosa Island, just outside of Pensacola, Florida.
In addition to the beaches, however, Gulf Islands National Seashore also preserves some of the natural coastal habitat on the mainland. Davis Bayou is one of these areas, located just outside of the park’s secondary visitor center in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
The State of Mississippi also gets a number of new additions as the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area has decided to add 18 new Passport cancellations. These new cancellations will join the existing stamp for “The Mississippi Delta” available at the Heritage Area Headquarters at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. The new stamps are as follows:
- Bolivar County
- Carroll County
- Coahoma County
- DeSoto County
- Holmes County
- Humphreys County
- Issaquena County
- Leflore County
- Panola County
- Quitman County
- Sharkey County
- Sunflower County
- Tallahatchie County
- Tate County
- Tunica County
- Warren County
- Washington County
- Yazoo County
Based on this list, it seems likely that each of these new stamps will be located at the local County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in each of the counties located within the Heritage Area, all in northwest Mississippi. This is a not-uncommon arrangement for Heritage Areas participating in the Passport Program, as there is a natural desire to spread participation out over all areas included in the Heritage Area’s partnership program. For what its worth, I’m not particularly a fan of that arrangement. I would much rather have seen the Heritage Area pick out the dozen-or-so most-significant places in the Mississippi Delta, regardless of county, than distribute them evenly. For example, a stamp at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi would be much more meaningful to met than simply making a stamp for Coahoma County at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. Still, these new 18 passport stamps will take passport stamp collectors throughout a part of the country that many of them would probably have been unlikely to visit otherwise – which has always been one of the main points of the program.
The Mississippi Delta NHA is one of three national heritage areas in the state of Mississippi. The Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area has 20 stamps in the southern part of the stamp, and the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area has just two stamps (so far) in the northeast part of the state.
Finally, there were two other new major stamps. One was for the newly-dedicated American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, DC, which is part of the catchall National Capital Parks unit of the U.S. National Park System. The other is a new stamp for Great Smoky Mountains Naitonal Park and Bryson City, NC. Bryson City is the gateway to the Deep Creek area in the northwest corner of the park.
With these new additions, that now takes us up to 1,939 activie Passport cancellations available. Slowly closing in on 2,000!
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