HAS History

Heartland Apicultural Society Inc. was founded in 2001 with a grant from Eastern Apicultural Society.  Donations and fees collected by Heartland Apicultural Society support conference hosting costs; the board of directors and support staff are all volunteers.

Donations to Heartland Apicultural Society may qualify as deductible charitable contributions.

Tom Webster, Kentucky State University researcher, Greg Hunt with Purdue University Entomology, and Zachary Huang with Michigan State University Entomology founded Heartland Apicultural Society in 2001. The purpose of the organization was to bring the latest scientific-based beekeeping research, basic beekeeping classes and advanced beekeeping classes to beekeepers.

Since Heartland Apicultural Society was founded, annual conferences have been held at rotating locations.

The following are the past Heartland Apicultural Society’s annual conference locations with some photos and program schedules:


2002 Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana
2003 Midway College, Midway, Kentucky
2004 Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee
2005 Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois
2006 Vincennes University – Vincennes, Indiana
2007 KY State University, Frankfort, Kentucky
2008 Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia
2009 Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
2010 Tennessee Tech, Cookeville, Tennessee  
2011 Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana  
2012 University of Missouri – St Louis, Missouri schedule
2013 Tennessee Tech, Cookeville, Tennessee  schedule
2014 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois schedule
2015 Albion College, Albion, Michigan schedule
2016 Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky program schedule
2017 University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN program schedule
2018 Washington University, St. Louis, MO program schedule pics
2019 Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky schedule
2020 no conference held
2021 no conference held
2022 University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN
2023 Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
2024 Ohio State University, Wooster, OH