History of the SIHR logos

Original Logo

The original SIHR logo first appeared in the header of the President's Bulletin in October of 1991, and is still used regularly.

The quill represents the research and writing aspect of the society's mandate, and the acronym is underlined by the blade of a hockey stick.

Logo from 2003 to 2006

As part of the website launch in October of 2003, a new logo that incorporated a globe to represent the expanding membership beyond North America was introduced.

It was designed by Ottawa graphic artist Allan Ford, and was retired in 2006.


Current Logo

A new "shield" logo with crossed sticks was introduced in 2006. Its design was influenced by hockey team logos from the early part of the twentieth century, and preserved the globe from the previous logo.

It was designed by James Milks, and the layout was done by graphic artist Adrian Garcia.

Twentieth Anniversary Logo
Twentieth Anniversary Logo

In celebration of the society's twentieth anniversary which was held in Kingston, Ontario, where the group was founded, a special logo to mark the occasion was designed by renowned baseball artist Jeff Suntala of Ohio.

Central to the design is a stone Martello tower, distinctive of the Kingston cityscape. The tower is flanked by gold coloured bursts evoking a cannon blast, further tying into the military aspect of Kingston's history and the venue for the meeting, the Royal Military College of Canada. The red and gold are representative of the colours of Kingston's shield and flag while the addition of the white highlight the Society's Canadian roots. The quill with a pen nib symbolizes writing and pays homage to the alternate SIHR logo.

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Logo
Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Logo

Patrick Maninger of Seattle, Washington, designed the logo for the 25th anniversary of the Society.

The blue background honours Kingston's world famous waters, notably Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence and Cataraqui rivers. In addition to silver being the traditional colour and gift for 25th anniversaries, in this logo it pays tribute to the Limestone City and its namesake hue. Kingston provided not only the building blocks for structures far and wide, it is also the foundation on which SIHR was built.