Sunday, February 2, 2014

Schedule Updates: Heraldry Talks in New York City

Schedule Updates as of 1 February 2014:

Hello, friends. Here are some items for your calendar. Hope you can join us soon! The following events are free, open to the public, and start at 6 p.m. at the NYG&B, 36 West 44th Street 7th Floor New York, NY. If you would like to be added to the G&B email list, post your email on a private message here and I will confirm receipt.

Monday, March 3, 2014...
6 p.m.
Maria Dering will present a talk on Heraldic Engravings on Colonial American Silver.
In the American colonies, silver was not only a sign of wealth, it WAS wealth. Many prominent families hired silversmiths to create elegant items engraved with coats of arms and suggestions of them. In this illustrated talk, Maria will show and discuss extant examples of the work of French Huguenot, Dutch, and other silversmiths. The talk will end with an intriguing mystery yet to be solved. Refreshments will follow. Maria is a member of the NYG&B Committee on Heraldry.

Monday, April 7, 2014
6 p.m.
The NYG&B and the College of Arms Foundation (US) welcome Mrs. Elizabeth Roads, the Lyon Clerk and Snawdoun Herald of the Court of the Lord Lyon (the Scottish College of Arms). On April 6 (the day before her talk), she will present a devizal of arms to Brick Presbyterian Church, Manhattan. A reception and refreshments will be part of the evening's festivities on April 7.

From Tuesday, April 8, 2014 TO Tuesday, April 22, 2014:
6 p.m.
"The Vocabulary of Heraldry for Beginners," by Paul Campbell.
This informative talk will be of interest to those new to heraldry and will provide a refreshing review for all. Refreshments to follow. Paul is a member of the NYG&B Committee on Heraldry and a member of the Board of Directors of the College of Arms Foundation (US).

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sept 17: The History and Evolution of South African Heraldry

The College of Arms Foundation and The Committee on Heraldry of The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society are pleased to invite you to a presentation by

Andrew Cusack on The History and Evolution of South African Heraldry

Tuesday, 17 September 2013
6:00 p.m.
at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
36 West 44th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Please email to reserve. This event is free and open to the public. A reception follows the talk. 

Mr. Cusack's talk will be centered on South African arms incorporating the "three annulets or" of the arms of Jan van Rienbeeck, the putative founding father of South Africa.   This will be the first time we have featured South African heraldry.   

Mr. Cusack is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the University of St. Andrew's, Scotland.  He now lives and works in London.  He is a blogger, writer, historian and vexillophile as well as a heraldist.  His observations, experiences and meditations can be read at

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Heraldry Talks for 2013-14 in New York City

The complete program schedule for heraldry talks at the NY Genealogical & Biographical Society follows. Any changes and updates will be posted here.  You can also find us on Facebook at New York City Heraldry.  (Like the page and get all the updates as posted.)

All events are free, open to the public, and start at 6 p.m. at the NY G&B Society, 36 West 44th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY.  A reception follows each talk.  If you would like to be added to the heraldry email list, send your address to me at  Your name will not be shared with any other lists.

Arms of the Republic of South Africa
For the rest of 2013, the schedule is:   
Tuesday 17 September 2013:  Andrew Cusack on South African heraldry.

Tuesday 15 October 2013:  Presentation by Sir Henry Bedingfeld, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms. Sir Henry will be presented with the Medal for Heraldic Achievement.

Monday 4 November 2013:  Lecture by Prof. D'Arcy Boulton of  the University of Notre Dame on French medieval heraldry.

Wednesday 13 November 2013:  George Cannizzaro and Chuck Mugno from the Institute of Heraldry. George will talk about church heraldry; Chuck will update us on new developments at the Institute.

The schedule for 2014 is:
Tuesday 14 January 2014: "Heraldry and Wine, Part II," with/by Paul Campbell and John Shannon

Monday 3 March 2014: "Heraldic Engraving on Colonial Silver," by Maria Dering.

Tuesday 8 April 2014: "The Vocabulary of Heraldry for Beginners," by Paul Campbell.

Monday 12 May 2014: "Armorial Assumptions," by Guy Selvester.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Book of Gladness/Le Livre de Leesce

 Something tells me that the medievalists among us might be interested in this new book, due for a November release. (Ignore that anachronistic gown!) My good friend Linda Burke -- a superb scholar and my very first buddy in graduate school -- did the annotated translation. The book is available on

Ars longa vita brevis ... or, How long was I going to wait to post this?

Finally ... here is a photo of the original seal of the City of New York (1686).  Note that the date is 1664, not the date (1625) on the seal currently in use.  The motto reads "Sigilium Civitatis Novi Eboraci," or "Seal (of the) City (of) New York, with Eborum the Latin name for "York."

Photo of seal on a 1926 statue in Central Park, erected by Military Order of Foreign Wars.

Why the change to 1625?  The story goes that Paul O'Dwyer, a fiery member of the NYC Board of Estimate and candidate for U.S. Senate, had no love for the English.  (1664 marked the transition from Dutch to English rule of Manhattan.)  So, O'Dwyer used his influence to get the date changed on the city's seal in the 1970s, and there the Dutch-friendly date 1625 remains to this day.  Ya gotta have clout!

Details on Fall Events 2013

Hello again, everyone.  Here are more details on the fall 2013 events that are co-sponsored by COAF (US) and NY G&B Committee on Heraldry (see previous post):

All events start at 6 p.m. and include light refreshments. Admission is free; events held at the G&B, 36 West 44th Street, Room 711, Manhattan.  If you'd like more information, please post a comment below and I promise to answer you in a timely way.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Talks on Heraldry Fall 2013 - NYC

Hello, everyone!  Glad to be back posting here.  It's certainly been awhile!
Here is a quick rundown of talks to be held this fall at the NY Genealogical and Biographical Society, co-sponsored by the G&B and the College of Arms Foundation (US).  More details to follow.  
The Heraldry Committee of the G&B will meet during August to plan more events for 2014, so check back soon.
In the meantime, mark your calendars for ...

September 17 - Talk on South African heraldry by Andrew Cusack.

October 15 - Talk by Sir Henry Bedingfeld, Norroy & Ulster King of Arms, reflecting on his career and designs he has created.  At this event, Henry will be presented with the G&B's Medal for Heraldic Achievement.

November 13 - Talk by George Cannizaro, with Chuck Mugno, of the Institute of Heraldry.  George will speak on Catholic or church heraldry.