Thursday, December 29, 2011

Illustrated Heraldry Talks in 2012

Hello, everyone! I have exciting news about five new heraldry talks and presentations scheduled for 2012. These talks are sponsored by the College of Arms Foundation in partnership with the Committee on Heraldry of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

All talks are free and open to the public; they begin at 6 p.m. and each event lasts about two hours. All events take place at the NY G&B offices, 36 West 44th Street, Room 711, Manhattan. Reservations are suggested: email or post a comment here with your name and contact information. Here are the details.

Monday 12 March 2012
Presenter: The Rev. Guy W. Selvester, an expert on church heraldry and a member of the Committee on Heraldry
Topic: "The Use of the Miter versus the Galero in Ecclesiastical Heraldry."
Details: Fr. Selvester is a Governor-at-Large of the American Heraldry Society, as well as a fine heraldic designer and artist and a member of the Committee on Heraldry. He recently gave the Mark Elvins Lecture on Church Heraldry at the Heraldry Society in London. Pictured: Arms Surmounted by Galero.

Monday 16 April 2012
Presenters: John Shannon and Paul Campbell
Topic: How to Acquire English and Scottish arms.
Details: Both speakers are armigers. John Shannon is the chairman of the committee as well as the president of the College of Arms Foundation and acquired arms from the College of Arms in London.

Paul Campbell, a member of the Heraldry Society of Scotland, acquired arms for his father from the Court of Lord Lyon in Edinburgh, and is an expert on Campbell arms, or which there are many variants. Just learned that Paul will bring a full-sized color reproduction of his father's grant! Pictured: Letters Patent, John McConville Shannon

Monday 17 September 2012
Presenter: Joseph McMillan
Topic: The heraldry of American Presidents.
Details: This talk will cover both hereditary arms of early US presidents and also more recent granted arms. Mr. McMillan is a governor-at-large of the American College of Heraldry. A career civil servant with over 28 years of service in the Department of Defense, he is a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies. Pictured: Arms of President Chester A. Arthur.

Monday 3 December, 2012
Presenter: Cathy Bursey-Sabourin, Fraser Herald of the Canadian Heraldic Authority
Topic: The distinction between a logo and a coat of arms.
Details: Ms. Sabourin has been Fraser Herald at the Canadian Heraldic Authority in Ottawa since 1989. She is the principal artist of the Authority and has been responsible for the paintings made for the arms of the last five Governors General of Canada and the Coat of arms of Canada.

The Heraldry of Wine
During the coming year the committee members will select of a number of wine bottle labels displaying a coat of arms, and select some from a particular region. Then, in November, there will be a presentation on the history of those arms accompanied by a tasting of the wines in question. More details to come in mid-2012.


  1. Hello! Do you mean for the heraldry of wine? It would be 6 p.m., but the date hasn't been set yet. For all the other events, starting time is 6 p.m. and the evening lasts until about 8 p.m. Thank you for asking; I will update the blog.