Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum Receives Donation for the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery (Hubert N. Hoffman III)
Hubert N. (Jay) Hoffman III, the CEO of the Hoffman Co., has donated $1 million to support the National Postal Museum’s expansion to create the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery (postalmuseum.si.edu/william-h-gross-stamp-gallery).
The Smithsonian and the U.S. Postal Service recently signed a lease agreement for the additional space to build the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery. This new space will be added to the museum’s existing 65,000 square feet and is scheduled to open in the next couple of years.
“Jay’s generous support brings us one step closer to providing historic and educational value to millions of people through the magnificent display of 100 years of postage stamps recognizing the history, culture and identity of the United States,” said Allen Kane, director of the museum.
“I have always had a passion for stamps and am honored to be able to assist the Postal Museum in building a premier environment for enlightening and educating people through the lens of world-class philatelic items,” said Hoffman.
Hoffman oversees the acquisition, management, development, construction and leasing office of the Hoffman Co., which constructs office, retail, hotel and multifamily properties. He is responsible for the Hoffman Town Center in Alexandria, Va. Hoffman is also the CEO of Hoffman Communications, a group of primary radio stations, and is the chairman of J.K. Distributors, one of the largest purveyors of auto parts on the East Coast.
The National Postal Museum is devoted to presenting the colorful and engaging history of the nation’s mail service and showcasing the largest and most comprehensive collection of stamps and philatelic material in the world. It is located at 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., in the Old City Post Office Building across from Union Station. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information visit the museum’s Web site at postalmuseum.si.edu.
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