American Malacological Union, now the American Malacological Society,
was founded in 1931 chiefly through the organizing efforts of Norman W.
Lermond, a New England farmer, utopian community founder, Socialist
Party politician, and amateur naturalist. Although a national
organization of malacologists had long been discussed, Lermond
undertook correspondence with amateur and professional malacologists
throughout the country, and eventually gathered the names of 192
persons interested in forming an organization. Its first meeting was
held on April 30-May 2, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with 29
attendees from 12 states. Its first president was Henry A. Pilsbry of
Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences.
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