If you've been a regular reader here, then you know that I've been researching and writing and teaching about heraldry for a long time. I don't do it for any potential accolades; even the title of this blog informs you that I believe heraldry is "an esoteric topic".
So imagine my surprise when I was emailed to inform me about this little item shortly before it was posted on the American Heraldry Society Facebook page:
Did I expect anything like this? No, I did not. It had never even crossed my mind as a possibility.
I am deeply humbled that my work in the field of heraldry has been considered worthy of this honor.
Admittedly, it's not the only recognition I have received in this field over the years.
On September 19, 2019, I was elected an Associate member of the Académie internationale d'héraldique, and even way back in December 2006 (long enough ago that I had pretty much forgotten about it, way back there in the mists of time) I was elected a Fellow of the International Association of Amateur Heralds.
Anyway, it is deeply humbling to be honored by people whose work in heraldry I have long admired and which works I believe well surpasses my own little contributions to the field.
I will try to live up to be worthy of the honors that have been granted me. So you're probably going to be stuck reading this blog for quite some time to come!