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Source: The Greeneville Sun
Following an eventful, year-long celebration, the Andrew Johnson Bicentennial will come to a rousing conclusion Dec. 29 on the 17th president's 200th birthday.
To provide a tangible memory of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion, one that will endure after the music and fireworks fade away, a limited edition cachet has been created, a spokesman said.
This commemorative envelope in a protective sleeve, stamped with the American flag or Liberty Bell and bearing the unique postmark of Dec. 29, 1808-2008, will be available to collectors for $5.
Cachets can be acquired on the day of the Bicentennial (Dec. 29, 2008) and after, while supplies last, at the Andrew Johnson Visitors Center, the Bicentennial Birthday Party in Towne Square Shopping Center from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 29, and at the U.S. Post Office on Summer Street.
"Cachets are a tradition within the National Park Service," said Lizzie Watts, superintendent of the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site.
"They are a wonderful way of marking a unique and specific historic moment by combining a meaningful design with a postal cancellation, which carries the authoritative date from the U.S. Postal Service," Watts said.
The Bicentennial cachet features an official cancellation, specifically designed for the event by Greeneville Postmaster Jeff Smalling.
The cancellation will be added by hand on Dec. 29. It carries an image of Andrew Johnson himself.
The cachet was created through a cooperative effort with the United States Postal Service, the Greene County Partnership, and the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site.
"This collectible is a symbol for the spirit of cooperation that has made our Bicentennial such a success," Watts said.
"The combining of resources from the Park Service and the Greeneville community is in itself a significant tribute to Andrew Johnson's legacy."
Further information on the Dec. 29 Bicentennial event and the commemorative cachet is available from the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site's public information officer by calling (423) 639-3711.