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100 Years of the Brooklyn Aquarium Society

Here’s a brief overview of the 100-year-old Brooklyn Aquarium Society and its influences on the hobby.

By John Todaro |

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On Valentine’s Day, 1911, a small group of dedicated men led by Christian Julius Heede, met in Brooklyn, New York, and founded the Brooklyn Aquarium Society (BAS). At that meeting, William F. DeVoe was voted the first president of the society.

Most of the men at this meeting were members of the New York Aquarium Society located on Long Island. These men broke away from the New York Aquarium Society because they wanted to focus more on the science of fish, and they found traveling to Long Island difficult. The new society met in the more-convenient downtown Brooklyn.

1911 The Bulletin
Once established, the society became the third society in the country to publish a monthly aquarium magazine; the Brooklyn Aquarium Society called theirs The Bulletin. The Bulletin was primarily published for members but was soon available as a subscription to nonmembers. The price of The Bulletin was included in the membership dues of $2 a year, plus a one-time initiation fee of $1. Nonmember subscriptions were 60 cents a year, and individual copies could be purchased at 5 cents each.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the February 2011 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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Jane L. "SAM" Heede    Sebring, FL

12/3/2011 4:17:46 PM

I am related to Christian Heede. Would love to have a copy of the Feb 2011 article that tells about tghe beginninbgs of your alssociation.

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