It’s True; I Asked a Herald

Photo by Sean Sreamach

Heraldry being drawn by a volunteer at Heralds Point.

By Ana Sarasdottir
Features reporter, Pennsic Independent

Did you know that unicorn iconography is period and can be incorporated into a unique coat of arms for your household? It’s true; I asked a herald.

Researching and submitting names and icons can feel like
a daunting task, especially if you’re unsure where to start. Fortunately, the heralds of Herald’s Point are here to help. Herald’s Point can assist Society members and non-members alike in their search for a historically accurate name, badge, and device. Herald’s Point will also help connect Society members and non-members to their specific kingdoms’ heralds or submissions deputy if no herald is available.

It’s recommended that anyone getting started should come to Herald’s Point with a century or culture in mind. Pinpointing
a time period makes the research process easier however, an individual simply needs a concrete idea of what they’re looking for in order to get started.

It’s important to note that heraldry isn’t specifically Euro- centric. African, Asian, and Middle Eastern cultures are welcome and can be researched for period badges, names, and devices. If it can be proven in period, it can be created and registered within the Society.

The heralds and experienced volunteers of Herald’s Point go into every creation with the combination of a deft thoughtfulness towards a person’s ideas and an encouraging attitude. Using period sources such as manuscripts and paintings, they work within a historic framework to create something beautiful and one of a kind that can be registered within the Society. After
all, heraldry is an extension of A&S which balances historic accuracy with an individual’s unique tastes and identity. Don’t be shy when it comes to your ideas, the heralds of Herald’s Point are here to help.

Prices for research and design vary by kingdom and are listed on the main tent of Herald’s Point. Submissions generally take 6-9 months to go through the approval process once started. Many kingdoms communicate via email for those who only attend one or two major events each year, including non-members who only come to Pennsic. Herald’s Point isn’t just for creating and registering your name or badge. If you’re interested in learning about heraldry within the Society, stop by Herald’s Point and ask to speak to the Herald in Charge. They can help connect you with your specific kingdom’s education herald.

Herald’s Point also needs volunteers; no heraldry experience needed. Join the bustling crew of smiling faces who work to make your heraldry dreams come true. Greeters, tracing artists, and checkout personnel positions are available for anyone looking to spend a few hours supporting the War effort.

Herald’s Point is located in the white tent beside Family Point, across the road from Cooper’s laundry and The Bee Folks. Hours of operation are Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday hours are from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hours are also posted on the white board in front of the Herald’s Point tent.