Friday, July 8, 2011

The Society Meeting 2011

The 2011 meeting of the ISHBH was held in conjunction with the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. This year our annual excursion on Friday, July 8th was lunch at a University of Minnesota campus restaurant, where the annual meeting was held and a tour of the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, which is located in the medical school library on the Minneapolis Campus of the University of Minnesota. The library was founded as a rare medical book collection but has expanded to include all of the biological sciences. The Wangensteen has a selection of over one hundred herpetological works including such titles as Holbrook's (1842) North American Herpetology and Anderson's (1896) Herpetology of Arabia. Elaine Challacombe, Curator and Lois Hendrickson, Assistant Curator had a very nice selection of approximately 15 books out for our viewing including the above titles, Joseph Fayrer's (1872) The Thanatophidia of India, and Harold L Babcock's (1919) The Turtles of New England. They also included an old cookbook that had a turtle soup recipe. ISHBH gave the library a copy of Ernie Liner's (2005) The Culinary Herpetologist, so now they have a number of turtle soup recipes.

Elaine and Lois greatly enjoyed our visit and learned a great deal about their herpetological holdings from our group.

From Left to Right: Gordon Burghardt, Kraig Adler, Aaron Bauer, Victor Hutchison, John Moriarty, Greg Watkins-Colwell and David Wake.

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