Going for a fresh, new look that better symbolizes what it represents, the Washington County Historical Society unveiled a new logo last week.
Patrons at the society's Housewarming fundraiser celebrating the 200th anniversary of the LeMoyne family's move into their Beau Street home, the society's headquarters, got a first look at the newly designed emblem at the Washington Elks on Saturday.
"The old logo, the upper half of the LeMoyne Star, a quilting symbol, has been in use for quite some time, but it has nothing to do with our local LeMoyne family," said Clay Kilgore, interim director. "If you weren't a quilter, you didn't know what it was."
The new design is made up of three distinct symbols -- a cannon, a log house and the LeMoyne House -- that better reflect the society's roots. Washington City Councilman Joe Manning volunteered the motto "Making History to Preserve History," which was incorporated into the final logo design.
"We're trying to cover all the bases of local history to better represent the entire county, not just the LeMoyne House," Mr. Kilgore said.
The new logo will now be emblazoned on the society's letterhead, business cards and website, www.wchspa.org.
Society administrators talked to three graphic designers, gave them background information on its activities and mission and explained that they wanted a concept that reflected a look forward while also keeping the integrity of its history.
Mark Gould of Pittsburgh came up with a dozen initial designs. Society administrators narrowed the choices to three, which Mr. Gould then tweaked. After a review of the designs by the board, the winning selection was adopted at a board meeting.
"Recently, the society experienced a significant changeover of staff," Mr. Kilgore said. "These include a new director, public relations representative, research librarian and several board members. In light of these changes, we made a decision that it was time to change our logo to better reflect what we stand for."
Dave Zuchowski, freelance writer: email@example.com