“This project was very important to me and to the city of Lancaster. It may seem hard to believe that a sign can help bring a community together, but, in our case, it did. Residents have been reaching out wanting to know more about our city’s black history and have even discussed placing a statue in our downtown for one of our first black settlers. It has been an amazing experience.” —Michael Johnson, Marketing Director, Fairfield County Heritage Association
The Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia, Inc. is an organized Tribe of Nottoway Indians who live in the traditional territorial area of the historic Nottoway Tribe including, Southampton County into Surry County and the Tidewater region. It is important for the Tribe to tell their own story through different outlets, so they partnered with Pannier to fabricate a series of interpretive exhibits.
Pannier has helped historical societies preserve and communicate their compelling stories for over four decades. In 2020, the Rev War Alliance of Burlington County worked with Pannier to create historical signs to tell the story of the American Revolution. The signage was installed in significant locations around the county and positively received by the community and beyond.
This month Tilghman Watermen’s Museum celebrated the installation of three new outdoor exhibits detailing aspects of the history of the local seafood trade. As a part of the exhibits, Tilghman had historical signs created by Pannier Graphics. The outdoor exhibits display a pilot house from the schooner Arabelle, a wooden mast and boom, and a discarded clamrig reclaimed for the exhibit, all pieces of the Watermen’s trade. The Double Pedestal signs are displayed next to the equipment explaining their use and importance.
The Rail-Trail Council of Northeast Pennsylvania is working to create and improve a 38-mile trail, which was the former Delaware & Hudson Railroad. The Council seeks to provide a glimpse of the history of the railroad through signage alongside the trail. Last year, they installed a Frameless Cantilevered sign at Ararat Summit, the current trailhead and highest elevation point of the trail. The low-maintenance trail sign depicts a railway bridge that once ran through the forested landscape.
Pannier is proud to showcase two signage projects that were recently featured on news outlets.
Knife River Heritage & Cultural Center (KRHCC) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to engage the public in preserving, presenting, and valuing the history of the Knife River area. The organization was created in 2018 to save the historic railroad train depot from falling down. In just four years, KRHCC volunteers successfully rehabilitated the depot and have accomplished much more, including implementing an educational signage program.
After two years of planning, research, and implementation, the Erie Canal Equipment Overlooks are complete with new interpretive exhibits. The interpretive panels are installed in Lockport, New York, along the Pendleton portion of the Erie Canalway Trail. This project serves to educate the community about the historic canal equipment on display and bring the history of the Erie Canal’s 1900s engineering to life.
Jason Gardiner is a member of Boy Scout Troop 57 from East Hampton, Connecticut. He recently earned his Eagle Scout status after the completion of a trail signage project along the East Hampton portion of the Air Line Trail. Jason worked for many months on the creation of four historical signs and his hard work will benefit the community for years to come.