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Oregon Society of Conchologists


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The Oregon Society of Conchologists, also known as the Oregon Shell Club, is an organization that was founded in 1965. The purpose of the Society is to promote the study and advancement of the sciences of conchology and malacology, to give assistance and information to others interested in these subjects, and to promote and encourage the understanding of ecology and conservation.

The Oregon Society of Conchologists currently has about 40 members. These members range from beginners with a few inexpensive shells to knowledgeable collectors with very valuable collections. Shell collecting may be a lifelong professional interest or a happy diversion for one's spare time. In either case, we feel that no other group of collectors in any field has any more fun, or experiences more satisfaction, than shell collectors. The one thing we all share, young and old, is an enthusiasm for shells. As a group we are responsible collectors devoted to increasing our knowledge while searching for perfection and diversification in shells.

Monthly meetings are usually held at the Woodburn Public Library and are open to anyone interested in studying and collecting seashells.

Donate Your Shell Collection

Perhaps you are in a quandary about what to do with a shell collection that you have either inherited or no longer want? The Oregon Society of Conchologists readily accepts donated shell collections for the furtherance of the club's purpose, which is:

...the study and advancement of the sciences of conchology and malacology, to render assistance and information to others interested in the same subjects, and to promote and encourage the understanding of ecology and conservation.


Shell Club meetings usually meet the first Sunday of the month.

For contact information see the Contacts Page.