Town Seal Review Committee

In 1899 Massachusetts passed a law requiring every city and town to establish an official seal to be placed on official documents.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and municipalities across the state with official seals that include imagery of Indigenous Peoples have begun the process of reviewing these seals to determine if the seals still accurately reflect the community as a whole.

The Town of Andover recently established a Town Seal Review Committee.  The Committee’s charge is to review the current town seal and solicit public input to assist with developing recommendations that may result in modifications to the Town Seal.

Since 1855, the official Andover Town Seal has been modified 4 times. As part of this review process, the Town Seal Review Committee is launched a brief survey which was available to residents and others to take from February 9, 2022 to March 11, 2022.  The survey results will help guide the Committee’s next steps.

A more extensive history of the Town Seal can be found here:

History of the Andover Town Seal

Original 1855 Seal and Current 1951 Seal


View Town Seal Review Committee Agendas and Minutes

Town Seal Review Process

  • Study and review the history of the current seal  
  • Provide background on why the seal is in its current form 
  • Research other town/city seals including those that have been changed recently 
  • Obtain community input 
  • Produce a report detailing findings and recommendations and work with designer to develop draft images should the recommendations include a change or modification 
  • Make recommendations to Select Board and Town Meeting 

Review Committee Composition

  • Two representatives from 375th Committee 
  • One representative from the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commission 
  • One representative from Preservation Commission 
  • One representative from the Memorial Hall Library Trustees 
  •  One representative from the Andover Center for History and Culture 
  • One representative from the Town Manager’s Office 
  1. Karen Van Welden-Herman

    Chair

    Preservation Commission 


  2. Andrew Flanagan

    Town Manager

  3. Tom Adams

    375th Committee


  4. Elaine Clements

    Andover Center for History and Culture 


  5. Basenal Dessin

    Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


  6. Melissa Litton

    375th Committee 


  7. John Hess

    Memorial Hall Library Trustees