The U.S. Postal Service will offer a special pictorial postmark to help commemorate the original Hancher Auditorium, which was heavily damaged during the flood of 2008.
The postmark will include the words “Hancher Auditorium Station.” A souvenir envelope for the occasion was created by celebrity artist and University of Iowa graduate Nicolosi.
The designation is tied to the Hancher Site Ceremony, an event honoring the past and future Hancher facilities.
The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday and will include a short march from the old building to the site of the new one. Performers from San Jose Taiko, an Asian Japanese-American drumming and rhythm group, will lead the march.
The envelopes, which will be signed by Nicolosi and Iowa City Postmaster Stacy St. John, will be available for purchase at the site ceremony.
“We were very excited to participate and to be a part of this very special occasion with the University of Iowa commemorating Hancher Auditorium,” St. John said in a phone interview. “This is the five-year anniversary of losing Hancher so I think it’s very special to see how far the city has come and the university has come in that short amount of time to rebuild.”
Proceeds are a joint effort between the artist, Nicolosi, and the Postal Service, St. John said.