The Stateline Small Museums Conference (SMMC) is an annual conference developed by a volunteer committee. The committee is co-chaired by Nicolette B. Meister (Interim Director & Curator of Collections, Logan Museum of Anthropology; Instructor in Museum Studies & Faculty Director, Center for Collections Care at Beloit College, Beloit WI) and Sharon Welton (Director of the Stephenson County Historical Museum, Freeport IL.)
The SSMC strives to unite small museums across the Wisconsin-Illinois stateline in support of professional development, collaboration, and advancement of regional networks.
The SSMC is not affiliated with any professional organization and is entirely volunteer-managed. 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 areas of museum operations.
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The 3rd annual conference was held Friday, May 17th at Blackhawk Technical College, Central Campus, in Janesville, WI.
The 2018 SSMC was held Friday, May 18th at Highland Community College in Freeport, IL.
The inaugural Stateline Small Museums Conference was hosted by Beloit College in Beloit, WI on Saturday, May 20th.
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, this conference was expanded north to encompass the stateline area and renamed the SSMC.