The Houston Conchology Society is a non-profit
organization for individuals interested in studying and
collecting seashells. Education, Conchology, Malacology and
related fields are promoted by the Society.
THE EPITONIUM to
see the current issue of The Epitonium.
May 18 - HCS Banquet
July 16-21 - COA in Sarasota, FL.
1958 a few Houston shellers met as a study group. The first
organizational meeting was in May of 1959. Meetings were in membersí homes
about three times a year. By 1964 they had become the
Group of the Houston Outdoor Nature Club. In September of
they were meeting nine times a year at the Houston Museum of
Natural Science, and the first newsletter was published. After
several monthly issues, the newsletter became the Texas
Conchologist and contained both general club information and
scientific articles. In January, 1969, members voted to
withdraw from the Outdoor Nature Club and become the Houston
Conchology Society, Inc. The HCS adopted Epitonium angulatum
as its official seashell
in 1978 (featured on the Society's logo), and the Texas
Conchologist became a quarterly scientific publication.
The Texas Conchologist ceased publication in December,
general newsletter (now titled
Epitonium) was initiated to inform members
about meetings, field trips, etc. and was published prior to
each meeting. In 1991 the club voted to award a
five-hundred dollar grant to a deserving malacology student.
This "one time" grant became the annual
Dr. Harold W. Harry Memorial Award in
1995. This grant is now funded by HCS and is known as the
Conchology Society Grant. In the fall of 1999 HCS members established the
Constance E. Boone Grants to Malacology.
1994 saw the HCS hosting the 60th annual meeting of the American
Malacological Union (now American Malacological Society).
A second national convention was hosted by HCS when the
Conchologists of America held the 2000 convention in Houston.
In May 2003 HCS hosted the Texas Shellers' Jamboree.
Officers for 2011-2012
Vice President: Angela
Program Chairman: Darwin
Friends of HCS
The Houston Conchology Society did not solicit nor receive any
donations from commercial shell dealers for the 2013 Auction.
We were fortunate to have enough private donations that the club
felt we could have a successful auction without their help this
We really appreciate the help our corporate friends have given
us in the past years and hope to have their help in the future.
We thank all of you for your past contributions.
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