2017 Conference

The inaugural Stateline Small Museums Conference (SSMC) will be hosted by Beloit College on Saturday, May 20, 2017. SSMC will be sponsored by the Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit Historical Society (BHS), and Stephenson County Historical Society (SCHS). Conference co-chairs are Nicolette Meister, Logan Museum of Anthropology and Beloit Historical Society, and Sharon Welton, Stephenson County Historical Society.

Registration includes a light breakfast, lunch, and afternoon refreshments as well as entry into our lunchtime raffle. 

Proceeds will be divided between the BHS and SCHS. 

Tours of the Logan Museum of Anthropology and Beloit Historical Society will be offered after the conference and is included with your registration. For more information, please visit our tours page.  See the Schedule →


The Stateline Small Museums Conference grew out of the Lee County Small Museums Conference, which was established in 2014 to serve small museums and historical societies in Lee County, IL. Due to the success of the Lee County conference, the conference was expanded north to encompass the stateline area and renamed the Stateline Small Museums Conferences.

The SSMC is not affiliated with any professional organizations and is an entirely volunteer-managed conference. The target audience is the staff and volunteers (including board members) of small museums and historical societies and sites in need of low-cost professional development in all aspects of museum operations.