New Postal Card to Celebrate Columbia University's 250th Anniversary

February 17th, 2004

The U.S. Postal Service today announced that a new stamped postal card celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of Columbia University will be issued March 25 in New York City.

The Columbia University stamped card is the 56th in the long-running Historic Preservation series, which began in 1977 with the issuance of the 9-cent Federal Court House (Galveston, Texas) stamped card.

First established as King's College by King George II of England in 1754, Columbia University's name was changed to Columbia College after the Revolutionary War, and is officially known today as Columbia University in the City of New York.

Columbia University has a distinguished tradition of instruction and research, and its alumni and faculty have included scientific pioneers, Nobel laureates, political leaders and writers.

Currently, more than 20,000 students are enrolled at the university, where they are engaged in some of the nation's leading scientific and technological research.

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