Our story begins in 1914, when Mr. A. W. Spanton placed an advertisement in the Sacramento Bee newspaper asking all interested in stamp collecting to meet for the purpose of forming a stamp club. Twelve responded, resulting in the formation of the Sacramento Stamp Club. The Sacramento Stamp Club held their first meetings at the Y.M.C.A. The membership grew rapidly, and the club moved to larger quarters at the Chamber of Commerce. Later the club meetings were held at the Travelers Hotel, where a meeting room was provided by the management. Since those early times, the club has also held its meetings at schools, churches, and the Easter Seals Society Center.
In 1941 the Council of Northern California Philatelic Societies held their first annual stamp exhibit at the Sacramento Hotel, with the Sacramento Stamp Club as host.
In 1961 the Sacramento Stamp Club was incorporated as the Sacramento Philatelic Society, Inc. The Sacramento Philatelic Society produced a number of stamp exhibits at the Country Club Shopping Center, and in the Hobbies Building at the California State Fair. The Sacramento Philatelic Society has also held a number of stamp exhibitions.
SACAPEX (Sacramento Camelia Philatelic Exhibition) began in 1969, as a combined effort with the Camelia City Stamp Club of Sacramento. The event was initially held at the El Rancho Motel, in West Sacramento. After 1969, SACAPEX was produced solely by the Sacramento Philatelic Society. The name SACAPEX was continued, with shows scheduled for every two years, until 1974 when it became an annual event. The venue for SACAPEX was held at a number of hotels in the Sacramento area before settling at the Scottish Rite Center.
In 1973 the Sacramento Philatelic Society held their first benefit show, the Easter Seals Society Show, as a community project with all proceeds going to the Easter Seals Society. The first year began with a donation of $200 to the Easter Seals Society, and over the years the donations increased up to around $5K-$6K per year. 2019 was the final year that the club did a benefit show for the Easter Seals Society.
With its members meeting weekly, and its Board meeting monthly, the Sacramento Philatelic Society continues to remain one of the most active stamp clubs in the nation.