Professional Meetings and Exhibits

Like scientists today, eugenicists met to discuss their work at regional and international meetings. Results were presented in seminars and exhibits, which are analogous to "poster sessions" at modern day meetings.

Since eugenics was a popular movement, some eugenics meetings appealed to mixed audiences of scientists and lay people. Statewide eugenics meetings were often associated with fairs, giving them a rural appeal. Some states, including Vermont, held state eugenic policy meetings and coordinated their efforts with local universities.

The American Breeders Association's powerful committee on eugenics was involved with the organization of many early meetings held in the United States. The Race Betterment Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan organized three major national conferences (1914, 1915, and 1928).

Major international congresses were held in each decade of the eugenics era. The first was held in London in 1911 to celebrate a new endowment to University College provided in Francis Galton's will. The second (1921) and third (1932) congresses were held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Meritorious exhibits at the second congress received a certificate with an image of the eugenics "tree of life," which is the logo of the Eugenics Archive.


 

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