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
Dora Zimmerman - Vice President
Mechanicsville, MD
Karlynn Morgan - Treasurer
Winston Salem, 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:

Karlynn Morgan



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

2018 Club Meeting Schedule

Ocracoke, NC
March 23-24

Ocracoke Community Center

Trip to Portsmouth Island, including an hour at Portsmouth Village!


Morehead City, NC/
Cedar Point Area

May 18-19

Western Park Community Center - Cedar Point, NC


September 27-30

Wilmington, NC

Annual Shell Show
Coastline Conference and Event Center
503 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC
Set-up and Judging 9-27-18
Show Open to Public
Friday 9-28 through Sunday 9-30
School Children Admitted Free on Friday
Admission (Amt. TBD) will be charged

Special Room Rates at the
Best Western Plus
adjacent to venue
(Mention NC Shell Club Show)




Sunset Beach, NC

November 39-10

Annual Auction and Meeting

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




COA 2018
San Diego!

Conchologist of America Convention in San Diego, California
August 29-September 2, 2018
(information coming soon)




Ocracoke newspaper article features NC SHELL CLUB weekend!



Click Above Shell
For Tips on Shell Show Exhibits and Labels


Click This Shell
to Read John Timmerman's article recently published in COA's American Conchologist about our North Carolina Shell Club's Shell Show.





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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.

If you have any news items or an article you wish to have published in the newsletter, please contact our newsletter editor, Ed Shuller.

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!



Find out about the North Carolina Shell Club's project to display shells at the Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinic in Wilmington - organized by John Timmerman and Brady Semmel.

Click HERE for article from Jul-Sep 2017 newsletter



The North Carolina Shell Club has a Facebook Page. Please drop by for a visit and join this group, easily found at:
N C Shell Club on Facebook.


New Scholarship at UNC-W!

Ron and Janie Hill have funded a new scholarship, the Ron & Janie Hill Honors Scholarship at UNC-W in Marine Biology. Within the next three years they hope to have the value of the scholarship reach $6,000 annually. The Hill's daughter, Mandy, studied Marine Biology at UNC-W, obtaining her B.S and Master's Degrees there.


Special Collecting Trips

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

Club members Susan O'Connor and Tamara Zetka are planning on conducting a collecting trip to Bull Island, SC during the winter of 2018. Check with them for further information.

Click HERE for a nice photo essay on the club's trip to Cumberland Island in February 2016 prepared by club member, Vicky Wall.





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)

Interesting Article on Taxonomic Etymology


See the ENTIRE 2017 COA Key West Auction Catalog (created by our own John Timmerman) by following this link.


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



Click Above Shell
To read fascinating article on club member Mique Pinkerton



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





North Carolina Size Records
for Marine Mollusks

The Club's Records Committee has generated a complete listing of size records for marine mollusks found in North Carolina. The Rules for submitting your own record-size shells, along with the listing itself can be found by clicking on the symbol below.


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




Click Shell for

New 2018






Everett Long - Trustee

Karlynn Morgan - Membership Director

Doug Wolfe - Member at Large

Ed Shuller - Member at Large

Amy Dick - Member at Large


NEW!! __ Click Above Shell

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



Here is a link to an article (Page 1) about the Shell Club's meeting in Ocracoke published in the Ocracoke Observer April, 2017. Here is Page 2



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