The North Carolina Shell Club
is dedicated to providing a friendly and enthusiastic organization where people of all levels of expertise, ranging from beginner to professional, can meet and share knowledge and information about the fascinating world of shells.


Everett Long - President
Swansboro, NC
Betsy Bluethenthal - Vice President
Greensboro, NC
Nancy Wolfe - Treasurer
Beaufort, NC
Vicky Wall - Secretary
Mayodan, NC 

Karlynn Morgan - Webmaster
Winston-Salem, NC

Annual Shell Show

The Club sponsers a judged show each year. Competition is held in a wide range of categories with special groups for novices and juniors. Divisions for shell crafts and photography are included as well. The Club invites the public to attend and vote for their favorite display. For more information, contact

Shell Show Chairman:
John Timerman

206 Quail Ridge Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28409 -2637
(910)452-0943 (H) or
or jtimmerman@nhcgov.com





The Club meets four weekends per year. Meeting locations change each quarter and occasionally are out of state. Locations are announced in the club newsletter prior to each meeting. Programs on Friday and Saturday nights feature speakers. During the day on Saturday there is an opportunity to collect shells. The Club invites guests to join us for any of our meetings.

Click this Shell to Read the Minutes From the Most Recent Shell Club Meeting

2016 Club Meeting Schedule

Ocracoke, NC
March 18-19

Ocracoke Community Center
Registration 7:00 p.m. both nights
Silent Auction both nights
Meeting 7:30 both nights

Shelling at Portsmouth Island
planned for Saturday morning!
Special 6:00 p.m. Chili Dinner

Click on above Shell for information
on Ocracoke Meeting and Lodging!


Morehead City, NC/
Cedar Point Area

May 20-21

Shelling at Shackleford Island
planned for Saturday morning



Wilmington, NC

September 17-18

Annual Shell Show
Cape Fear Museum


Sunset Beach, NC

November 4-5

Annual Auction and Meeting

Sea Trails Homeowners Association Club House 201 Station Trail, Sunset Beach, NC


COA 2016

Conchologist of America Convention in Chicago, Illinois
July 25-31

Information & Registration Here

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Contact Webmaster

to comment / complain / inspire

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For Tips on Shell Show Exhibits and Labels

Click This Shell
to Read John Timmerman's Article in the June 2012 American Conchologist

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To read Doug Wolfe's Article which appeared in the December 2014 issue of American Conchologist about past club member Hugh Porter


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To read Vicky Wall's Article which appeared in the March, 2016 issue of American Conchologist, entitled "Shelling the Pearl Islands of Panama"

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To read Art Bogan's recent article on his field work in Malaysia

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To read fascinating article on club member Mique Pinkerton


The Club publishes a newsletter four times a year which provides articles on shells, descriptions of field trips, and information on up-coming meetings. The newsletter is now mailed electronically except to those individuals who do not have computer access or require a printed copy.

Annual Auction

One of the highlights of the year is the annual fund-raiser held during the November meeting. Shells and shell-related items are offered in both silent and live auctions.


Click this shell for a preview of the shells available during our Auction!


Special Collecting Trips

During the year special trips may be scheduled to local beaches, off-shore islands or fossil sites for collecting.





Club member Art Bogan has had an article published in the Raleigh News & Observer. To read Art's article, click on this link:

Raleigh News & Observer

Club member John Timmerman, has written a brief article on NC Shells for "Going Green" magazine's current issue. It can be viewed and downloaded at their website:


This link is actually to the archives section. John's article appears in Vol. 1 Issue 4 (the Winter 2008 issue with his shell photo on the cover)



This year Harold Brown will be making and donating crafts to the Shell Club for use in our fund-
raising events. He is running short of Scotch Bonnets for this purpose and is asking for the help
of shell club members willing to part with a few of their Bonnets. They do not have to be in great
If you can help Harold out with a few Bonnets get in touch with him by sending him an email


Click on the above shell to see photos of
our Shell Show 2014


Congratulations Art!

At the joint meeting of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society (FCMS) and
Upper Mississippi River Conservation Commission (UMRCC) recently held at St. Charles, Missouri, Arthur E. Bogan was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the FCMS.
As most N.C. Shell Club members know, Art is a noted expert in the field of freshwater bivalves, not only in this country but also worldwide with several trips to Viet Nam and Malaysia to study freshwater bivalves. He has authored several monographs on state freshwater mollusks, and a checklist for the world’s freshwater bivalves in 2010.
Art has been and is eagerly sought by government agencies, academics, museum personnel, and field workers for his knowledge of this unique and fascinating molluscan fauna He is generous with his knowledge and time to increase the scientific, government, and general public’s knowledge of this important fauna.
The award states: “ Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society Lifetime Achieve Award Presented to Arthur E. Bogan for singular accomplishments and long-term conservations that have advanced the conservation and science of freshwater mollusks at a national and international level. By order of the Membership of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society presented in St. Charles, Missouri this 25th day of March 2015.”
_____ - submitted by Alan Gettleman



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