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Posted: August 26th, 2012, 9:00 am
by Richard F. Hoyer
Below is a post I entered on the Pacific N.W. forum. I was wondering if others might be able to find herp societies that predate 1954. RFH
Some trivia:
About a week ago, my wife and I attended dinner in Eugene with members of the Oregon Herpetological Society. The occasion was a 10 year memorial dinner celebrating the life of the late Dr. James Kezer (1908 - 2002) who was an outstanding professor at U. of O. and avid herper.

Sitting next to me was herpetologist Dr. John Applegarth of Eugene who made a very interesting comment. He mentioned that Dr. Kezer (and others) started the Oregon Herpetological Society in 1954. He indicated there was only one other herp society in the U.S. that was older, the Philadelphia Herpetological Society

Dr. Applegarth indicated he had saved some historical documentation from the inception of the Oregon Herp Soc. If he is correct, then Oregon's Herp. Society is older than similar herping groups in S. Calif., Texas, Florida, Arizona, etc.

Richard F. Hoyer (Corvallis, Ore.)

Re: trivia

Posted: August 26th, 2012, 12:30 pm
by Tom Lott
That's quite a run, but the Texas Herpetological Society (http://www."not allowed"/ths/index.html) was established in 1939, although they may have missed a few years during World War II.

Re: trivia

Posted: August 26th, 2012, 6:02 pm
by Owen
It's international, but been around for quite a bit.

Re: trivia

Posted: August 27th, 2012, 7:59 am
by Richard F. Hoyer
Thanks Tom and Owen for the input.

I copied the link to the Texas Herp. Soc. and will inform Dr. Applegarth

Richard F. Hoyer