Cheryl R. Ganz

Cheryl R. Ganz, Chief Curator of Philately at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, enjoys a life-long interest in zeppelins and airmail. Her interest led her to focus her philatelic collections on zeppelin mail worldwide with specialization in U.S. airships, the 1933 Graf Zeppelin Chicago flight, and the Hindenburg. She also collects U.S., France, Germany, and Switzerland philately. In addition to research and writing, she has exhibited worldwide, including in the Court of Honor at Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition. Ganz serves as co-editor of The Zeppelin Collector, is a past-president of the American Air Mail Society, and serves on the Ethics Committee of the American Philatelic Society. Her many awards include the Aerophilatelic Hall of Fame, the Federation Internationale des Societes Aerophilateliques Gold Medal, the Newberry Award, the Elizabeth C. Pope Award, the U.S. Classics Society Distinguished Philatelist Award, and the Nicolas Carter National Service Award. She is a life member of APS, APRL, AAMS, GPS, and AAPE. Ganz earned a PhD in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is author of A New Deal for Progress: The 1933 Chicago World's Fair and co-editor of and contributor to Pots of Promise: Mexicans and Pottery at Hull-House.