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Past Meetings

Annual meetings of the Society are hosted by member institutions. The first SPNHC meeting took place at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in 1986. Since then the Society has met in venues across the North America and Europe.

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Past Meetings

SPNHC Organizational Meeting

    Date: November 6, 1985
    Location: Buffalo Museum of Science
    Buffalo, NY, USA
    Chair: Daniel J. Faber

Annual Meetings: 1986-1987-1988-1989-1990-1991-1992-1993-1994-1995-1996-1997-1998-1999-
2000-2001-2002-2003-2004-2005-2006-2007-2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-2013-2014

 First Annual Meeting
 Date: June 9 - June 10, 1986
 Location: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
 Washington, DC USA
 Organizer: Fredrick J. Collier

 Second Annual Meeting
 Date: May 31 - June 3, 1987
 Location: Redpath Museum, McGill University
 Montreal, QC Canada
 Organizer: Ingrid Birker

Third Annual Meeting
 Date: May 30 - June 3, 1988
 Location: Carnegie Museum of Natural History
 Pittsburgh, PA USA
 Organizer: Duane Schlitter, Stephen Williams
 Workshop: Health Hazards Associated with Natural History Museums

 Fourth Annual Meeting: Collections: Our Treasured Heritage
 Date: July 23 - July 28, 1989
 Location: Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Drumheller, AB Canada
 and the University of Calgary, Calgary AB. Canada.
 Co-Chairs: Emlyn Koster, Anthony Russell
 Assistant Co-Chairs: Jane Danis and Herbert Rosenberg
 Workshop: Storage Design and Materials for Natural History

 Fifth Annual Meeting
 Date: May 7 - May 13, 1990
 Location: Field Museum of Natural History
 Chicago, IL USA
 Organizer: David Willard and others
 Workshop: Exhibiting Natural History Materials

 Sixth Annual Meeting
 Date: May 6 - May 11, 1991
 Location: Canadian Museum of Nature
 Ottawa, ON Canada
 Local Committee Chair: Gerald R. Fitzgerald
 Program Committee Chair: Robert Waller
 Workshop: Practical Approaches to Preventative Conservation

 Seventh Annual Meeting
 Date: June 2- June 6, 1992
 Location: Nebraska State Museum, University of Nebraska
 Lincoln, NE USA
 Organizer: Charles Messenger and Greg Brown
 Workshop: Pest Management

 Eighth Annual Meeting
 Date: June 8- June 13, 1993
 Location: Royal British Columbia Museum
 Victoria, BC Canada
 Organizer: Grant Hughes
 Workshop: Archival Concerns of Natural History Museums

 Ninth Annual Meeting, jointly with Association of Systematics Collections
 Date: May 11 - May 15, 1994
 Location: Missouri Botanical Garden
 St. Louis, MO USA
 Organizer: Ann Pinzl Jim Solomon (MOBOT) and Elaine Hoagland (ASC)
 Workshop: Risk Assessment

 Tenth Annual Meeting: "The Record of Nature through Countless Ages"
 Date: June 2 - 6, 1995
 Location: Royal Ontario Museum
 Toronto, ON, Canada
 Chair: Janet Waddington:
 Workshop: Managing the Modern Herbarium

 11th Annual Meeting
 Date: June 11- June 15, 1996
 Location: Academy of Natural Sciences
 Philadelphia, PA USA
 Organizer: Elana Benamy

 12th Annual Meeting
 Date: July 8 - July 14, 1997
 Location: Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin
 Madison, WI USA
 Organizer: Steven Krauth

 13th Annual Meeting
 Collections on the Move: Strategies For The New Millennium
 University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
 Date: May 25 - May 30, 1998
 Location: University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB Canada
 Coordinator: Lisa Barty
 Co-Chairs: Frannie Blondheim, Leslie Latta-Guthrie
 Workshop: Moving Collections
 Special Interest Group Reports: Anthropology, Botany, Conservation, Geology, Paleontology, Zoology

 14th Annual Meeting
 Theme: Research and Collections
 Hosts: Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education, Smithsonian Institution and SPNHC
 Date: June 28 - July 3, 1999
 Location: Washington, DC, USA
 Coordinators: David von Endt, Elizabeth Merritt

 15th Annual Meeting
 Theme: Maritime Natural History
 Date: July 10 - 14, 2000
 Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
 Sponsors: Geological Survey of Canada and the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
 Coordinators: Iris Hardy and Alex Wilson
 Workshop: Permits

 16th Annual Meeting
 Location: San Francisco, California USA
 Date: June 21 - 26, 2001
 Host: California Academy of Sciences
 Chair: Jean Demouth
 Workshop: Living Collections and Identifying Risks to Collections.

 17th Annual Meeting
 Theme: Hazardous collections and mitigations
 Date: May 8-13, 2002
 Location: Redpath Museum, Montreal, PQ Canada
 Co-hosts: Canadian Museum of Nature and the Redpath Museum, McGill University
 Chairs: Jean-Marc Gagnon, Ingrid Birker
 Workshop: Emergency Responses and Mitigation

18th Annual Meeting
 Theme: Modern Museums - Balancing Tradition and Technology
 Date: Conference: June 15-19, 2003
 Workshop: June 20-21, 2003
 Hosted by Museum of Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas, USA
 Chair: Richard Monk

 19th Annual Meeting
 Date: Conference: May 11 - 16, 2004
 Hosted by: American Museum of Natural History New York, New York USA
 Chair: Chris Norris
 Workshop: Emergency Preparedness, Response & Salvage

 20th Annual Meeting
 Date: Conference: June 12 - 19, 2005
 Website: REALISING STANDARDS
 Hosted by: The Natural History Museum, London, UK

 21st Annual Meeting
 SPNHC-NSCA joint meeting
 Date: Conference: May 23-27, 2006
 Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
 Co-hosted by: The University of New Mexico Museum of Southwestern Biology and the U.S. Geological  Arid Lands Field Station
 Meeting was held at the Sheraton Old Town Hotel
 Theme: The Road to Productive Partnerships
 Organizers: Cindy Ramotnik (SPNHC host) and Cheryl Parmenter (NSCA host)

 22nd Annual Meeting
 Date: Conference: May 21-26, 2007
 Theme: Building for the 21st Century
 Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
 Host: Science Museum of Minnesota
 Co-Chairs: Gretchen Anderson and Jack Hoff

 23rd Annual Meeting
 Date: Conference: May 13 - May 17, 2008
 Theme: Collection Stewardship: Challenges in a Changing World
 Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
 Host: Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
 Co-Chairs: Marcy Revelez and Janet Braun

 24th Annual Meeting
 Date: Conference: May 31- June 5, 2009
 Theme: Bridging Continents - New Initiatives and Perspectives in Natural History Collections
 Location: Leiden, The Netherlands
 Host: National Natural History Museum Naturalis and Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC)
 Co-Chairs: Dr. R.W.R.J. Dekker and Andries van Dam

 25th Annual Meeting
 Date: Conference: May 31- June 5, 2010. SPNHC 25th Anniversary celebration
 Theme: Biodiversity 1020 and beyond, Science and Collections.
 Joint Conference SPNHC & CBA-ABC
 Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
 Host: Canadian Museum of Nature
 Co-Chairs: Jean-Marc Gagnon and Judith Price 

 26th Annual Meeting
 Date: Conference: May 21- 28, 2011 
 Theme: Sustainable Museums - Sustainable Collections
 Joint Conference SPNHC & NSCA
 Location: San Francisco, California
 Host: California Academy of Sciences
 Chair: Debra Trock

27th Annual Meeting
Date: Conference: June 11-16, 2012
Theme: Emerging Technology and Innovation in Natural History Collections Management
Location: Yale University, Newhaven, Connecticut
Host: Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Chair: Tim White

28th Annual Meeting
Date: June 17-22, 2013
Location: Rapid City, South Dakota
Host: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Theme: Repositories: Partnerships for Managing Natural History Collections in the 21st Century
Chair: Sally Shelton

SPNHC 29th Annual Meeting [2014 ABM package, 2013 Financial draft]
Date: June 22-27, 2014
Location: Wales Millenium Center, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Host: Amgueddfa Cymru –Museum of Wales in partnership with the Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA)
Theme: Historic Collections: A Resource for the Future
Chair: Julian Carter

Related Events

Workshop on Care and Maintenance of Natural History Collections
Date: May 27- May 28, 1981
Location: National Museum of Natural Sciences, Ottawa ON Canada
Organizer: Daniel J. Faber, Gerald R. Fitzgerald
Publication: Faber, Daniel J., Editor, (1983) Proceedings of 1981 Workshop on Care and Maintenance of Natural History Collections, Syllogeus, No. 44, 196pp., ISSN 0704-576X, National Museums of Canada, Ottawa, ON Canada.

Second Workshop on Care and Maintenance of Natural History Collections
Date: May 22 - May 23, 1985
Location: Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto ON Canada
Organizer: Janet Waddington, David M. Rudkin
Publication: Waddington, Janet and David M. Rudkin, Editors, (1986) Proceedings of the 1985 Workshop on Care and Maintenance of Natural History Collections, Life Sciences Miscellaneous Publications, 121pp., ISSN 0082-5093, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON Canada.

International Symposium and First World Congress for the Preservation and Conservation of Natural History Collections
Date: May 10 - May 15, 1992
Location: Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales
Madrid, Spain
Organizing Committee: German Alonso (Spain), Juilo Gisbert (Spain)

Natural History Collections-- A Resource for the Future
Second World Conference on the Preservation and Conservation of Natural History Collections
Date: August 20 - August 24, 1996
Location: University of Cambridge, England
Organizing Committee: Chris Collins (England)