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Let's share memories of the American Society together?

Do you have a memory about American Society that you would like to share with us? You can share your memory through a picture, video, painting, written or oral story, or any format you would like to use.


What is a memory?

A memory can be a remembrance, a story, a work experience or a participation in an event.


Why share your memory with us?

Because your memory will become part of the history of the American Society.


How to send in your material?

Videos can be up to 3 min, in any format, photos in .jpeg format, and text will also be accepted. If you are sending a photo, please explain what the photo is about and the memory you have associated with it, so we can share this with all.


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When you send the content, please identify yourself, tell us when you became a member of American Society, and the memory you would like to share,


In this picture of the founders of the American Chamber of Commerce of Rio, you can see many of the men who were to become the first presidents of the American Society in the forthcoming years. Unfortunately, We can’t tell which ones in this picture they might be, because they were not identified.

We do know, via the Chamber’s own archives, that the first member companies of the Chamber were the American Bank Note Co.; Bethlehem Steel; Burroughs Adding Machine Co.; Citibank N.A.; Cutler-Hammer do Brasil Ltda.; Esso Brasileira de Petróleo Ltda.; Elevadores Otis; General Electric do Brasil; Middletown Car Co.; Midvale Steel; R.G. Dun & Co; Singer Sewing Machine Co.; and Texaco Brasil S.A.

By Steve Yolen 

A news article from the Brazil Herald in 1980 reporting on Claire Collins-Cona winning the Ralph Greenberg Award, which is given by the Society to recognize persons who have made substantial contributions to the Rio community. 

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As American newspaperman, Latin American historian, professor and AS member Paul Vanorden Shaw wrote in an article on the event of the 50th Anniversary published in the 1958 Yearbook, “Its early days were characterized by more downs than ups and its survival is due to enlightened U.S. citizens who would not let it die. During it’s struggle for survival, many of the early records of the Society disappeared.”

By Steve Yolen

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