The Stateline Small Museums Conference (SMMC) is an annual conference developed by a volunteer committee. The committee is co-chaired by Nicolette B. Meister, Curator of Collections at the Logan Museum of Anthropology, 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 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 areas of museum operations.
The 2018 SSMC will be held Friday, May 18th at Highland Community College in Freeport, IL. Sponsors are the Logan Museum of Anthropology (LMA), and Stephenson County Historical Museum (SCHM). Proceeds will be divided between the LMA and SCH.
The inaugural Stateline Small Museums Conference (SSMC) was hosted by Beloit College on Saturday, May 20, 2017 and was sponsored by the Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit Historical Society (BHS), and Stephenson County Historical Museum (SCHM). Proceeds were donated to the BHS and SCHM.
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.