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Mar 3, 2015 12:42 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Press Launches Contest Asking Residents To Redesign Town Seal

Mar 9, 2015 9:30 AM

It’s an indisputable fact that the preservation of history requires a conscious effort to record it by those who are making it. It’s also a fact that the discovery of a “hole” in recorded history is frustrating.Such was the case when The Press, prompted by this year’s celebration of Southampton’s 375th anniversary, asked about the history of the official seal of the Town of Southampton. Although it’s existed for as long as a century, a search of archived material turned up no government resolution officially adopting the seal that appears on dozens of town vehicles, trash receptacles, letterhead and much more.

The current town seal depicts a happy-enough pilgrim with the rock at Conscience Point—where the first English settlers are said to have first landed—over his right shoulder, and a sailing ship over his left, signifying the ship that brought the colonists to the area. Rays of sun fill the sky behind the pilgrim, likely to evoke something of the divine.

The artist behind the line drawing also is a mystery, and the only clue to its timing is that it was likely created sometime after 1910 and before 1929. The year 1910 is derived from the fact that the plaque on the rock at Conscience Point is clearly visible in the drawing—and that’s the year the plaque was placed there. And the seal was featured on a town flag adopted in 1929.

While the history of the town’s existing logo is unclear, one thing is clear: It is a 20th century addition to the town’s “branding.” In a commemorative booklet published by the town 100 years ago for its 275th anniversary, there was no town seal, only a specially designed Founders Day seal. And in a pamphlet distributed for the 350th anniversary, there is a description of the seal but no information about when it was adopted or who drew it.

However, at the back of the same pamphlet there is information about the town flag: “On December 18th, 1929, it was resolved by the Town of Southampton ‘That the recommendation of the Southampton Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution for the adoption of a flag for The Town of Southampton be approved, and that … the design submitted, consisting of three vertical bars … arranged alternately with the Seal of The Town of Southampton … and that the Town purchase a flag of this design …’”

“After diligent research, we have yet to determine the actual origins of the seal presently used,” Southampton Town Historian Zach Studenroth admitted. “We are curious if any evidence survives about who may have designed it.”

Since the very first mention of a town seal—it simply gave the early settlers authorization to adopt their own Colonial seal—in the 1686 Dongan Patent, various seals were used over the years to designate an official stamp of approval, none of which included a pilgrim. At some point in history, a decision was made to create the current town seal as the symbol of town government, and approved the use of a pilgrim as the defining image of historic Southampton.

If only we knew who.

As the town gears up for the 375th anniversary of the 1640 arrival of English settlers in what is now North Sea, The Press is launching a logo redesign contest, in which anyone—artist, designer or napkin-doodler—may submit an iconic drawing to symbolize the Town of Southampton.

Logos should be in a circle and incorporate the words “Town of Southampton” and “First English Settlement in the State of NY,” and the year 1640. Beyond that, designers can let their imagination be their guide: Pick an image that captures the essence of Southampton.

Digital versions may be emailed to kim@pressnewsgroup.com. Original prints may be dropped at The Press office, 135 Windmill Lane in Southampton. The deadline is April 8.

This is not a town-sponsored contest, and so no official use of the winning logo is implied. The winning logo, however, will be reproduced in The Press’s 375th anniversary special publication in June.

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By det7408 (7), Bridgehampton on Mar 6, 15 1:36 PM
Sorry, that information has now been added.
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (117), Westhampton Beach on Mar 6, 15 1:45 PM
Please run a contest to change the East Hampton town seal also. Thank you.
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Mar 6, 15 6:55 PM
I'VE GOT IT! It obviously needs to have TONS of paperwork in it, with a few dollar signs coming out the sides. Then, we need to play up "The Land of No" moniker we've earned, with a huge red slash through it all. Not sure how to represent the privileged, rich elite, and their preferential treatment, though.. Perhaps someone can chime in on that?

A kitty with a frowny face might be a good to show how many social establishments have died..
By The Royal 'We' (199), Southampton on Mar 7, 15 8:58 AM
I'm thinking of something like a weasel riding on a woodpecker with a trail of money scattering in their wake.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Mar 7, 15 12:19 PM
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hahahaha!
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Mar 7, 15 1:12 PM
This budget forum won't permit me to post my design but it features the scales of justice, bags of money, a Rolls-Royce radiator grill, and a bulldozer in the foreground and a couple of policemen in the background waving their uniform caps from the open cockpits of their Ferraris.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Mar 7, 15 6:06 PM
retired policeman on their 6 figure pensions and 2nd careers?
By david h (405), southampton on Mar 19, 15 8:52 AM
Just put a big dollar sign under the settler's hat.

Should just about cover it...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 8, 15 12:10 AM
ATH on a horse....a high horse!!!!
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Mar 8, 15 12:01 PM
Just replace the pilgrim hat with a sombrero.
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Mar 9, 15 6:42 AM
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How about condos rampant on a field of cash!
By moonpie (43), Southampton on Mar 9, 15 11:44 AM
Perhaps Mr. Gregor's sign for Sister Jackie's Way could be in the background, recognizing that tragic day, two years and eight months ago today, when the SHT PD waited 11 days to release the suspected hit and run driver's ID and photo, resulting in his escape from the US.

How easily the current Town Board has forgotten this black mark on the Town's history . . .


Rest in Peace.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 9, 15 12:12 PM
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http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Water-Mill/75385/Petition-Calls-For-Sister-Jackie-Memorial-Sign-In-Water-Mill-To-Remain
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 9, 15 12:15 PM
Town of Southampton should read "Town of $outhampton"
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Mar 9, 15 12:32 PM
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Why not leave it as is? If not, it could be Queen Anna resplendent in crown and gown with a Santa Claus pack stuffed full of campaign contributions holding an "open for business" sign for developers in one hand and a "for sale" sign in the other ,in honor of her new real estate license, kind of a statue of liberty pose.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Mar 9, 15 4:01 PM
How about a Middle Aged protester holding a plackard that says "Not in MY Back Yard" with a pair of youth leaving in a moving van in the background?
By Baymen87 (135), Lugoff, SC on Mar 10, 15 8:35 AM
^^^^ Got a bunch of debby downers around here.

If everyone has so much hatred and disdain for the Town - why not do something about it instead of cry on the Boards?

From the looks of it, none of you have an ounce of pride in your Town - and don't give me the whole "the Queen and her lords took it away"
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Mar 10, 15 9:31 AM
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Lots of reasons to distain Anna and her spineless supporters on the town board. Anna hasn't met a developer or business owner she hasn't supported. Makes a body wonder why. Don't forget Rumba. A tiny bar in a residential area overstuffed with hundreds of noisy revelers got her support over neighbors/voters begging for help. What she doesn't like is the public asking for what she doesn't intend to support. High time for her, and those weak enough to support her in order to keep their well paying ...more
By moonpie (43), Southampton on Mar 10, 15 12:31 PM
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"noisy revelers"

Translation non fisherman who stay up past 7:45 PM
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Mar 17, 15 9:59 AM
and Clooney's Hill at Southampton coming soon! 108 condos and an 18 hole golf course JAMMED into 168 acres!!! its a mega mini course on under 100 acres and an acquifer!! first of its kind.
By david h (405), southampton on Mar 19, 15 9:05 AM
Absolutely! How can we have pride in our "representatives?" I did attend town board meetings, CAC meetings, etc. I spoke out with facts and was disregarded along with the many others who were trying to protect our wonderful town. We are not to blame for our cynicism.
By Long Island Viking (28), Southampton on Mar 19, 15 10:36 AM
So why do you all live here and spend your time on the Boards if you don't care the least bit?
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Mar 19, 15 10:40 AM
is there a public referendum on wether the citizens want this? What a plain dumb idea!!!!! Why aren't you leaving it. Shame on you for even thinking about doing this.
By local (106), north sea on Mar 16, 15 6:57 PM
The seal should be Hispanics standing in front of a 7-11 on one side, a mc mansion on the other, and in the middle alec baldwin.
By LocalEnthusiast (23), East Quogue on Mar 17, 15 9:52 AM
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alec baldwin what a creeper
By Erin 27 E (1281), hampton bays on Mar 17, 15 9:56 AM
Alec Baldwin as the Pilgrim.
By Baymen87 (135), Lugoff, SC on Mar 19, 15 8:01 AM
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I wonder if his Great Great Grand Pappy cursed out William Bradford for asking him to please board the Mayflower (and refrain from using his cell phone)
By joe hampton (3461), southampton on Mar 19, 15 9:11 PM