[Bionews] Society of Herbarium Curators

Sula Vanderplank sula.vanderplank at cgu.edu
Fri Oct 28 16:15:10 EST 2005

Apologies for cross-posting.

The Society of Herbarium Curators

The Society of Herbarium Curators (SHC), open to everyone, is a forum 
for discussion, action and support, especially of threatened 
herbaria.  Born in the Southeastern United states, SHC has gone on to 
form an umbrella organization, which aims to unite herbaria across 
the nation and around the world.

Mission:  The purpose of the society shall be to promote and expand 
the role of herbaria in botanical research, teaching, and service to 
the community at large, to provide a forum for discussion and action 
on all issues confronting herbaria, and to extend its efforts and 
interject its influence toward the protection and preservation of 
endangered herbaria. 

In particular, regional networks will be used to reach out to groups 
that have been historically underrepresented in the botanical and 
conservation communities, to land managers and state and federal 
agencies, and to the K-12 students and teachers.  SHC will work to 
support herbaria of all types in these regions, to help develop 
community standards of curation, and to make certain that herbaria 
are fully utilized and not orphaned by their institutions.

History:  For the past decade, the Southeastern Herbarium Curator's 
Committee, a group of curators in southeastern United States have 
been informally meeting with the Association of Southeastern 
Biologists (ASB).   The group organized a symposium entitled "The 
Future of Plant Collections in the Southeast" in 2001 and the concept 
for the expansion of this organization was developed in the ensuing 
workshop.  Through efforts spearheaded by John Herr at the University 
of South Carolina, Michael Woods at Troy University and Dan Evans at 
Marshall University, the group developed a constitution and formally 
organized as SHC on July 4, 2004.  SHC has been recognized as an 
affiliate society by ASB and the Southern Appalachian Botanical 
Society (SABS).

For more information about The Society of Herbarium Curators visit 
our web site at http://www.newberrynet.com/sabs/SHC/.  Please contact 
any officer listed on the web site for additional information.  Also, 
please print a copy of the membership application provided on the web 
site and consider becoming a member of this exciting new organization.

Sula Vanderplank
Herbarium Collections Manager (RSA-POM)
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (www.rsabg.org/herbarium/)
1500 N College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 625 8767 ex 231
sula.vanderplank at cgu.edu
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