Annual Conference

2017 IAM Annual Conference
Mt. Vernon, IL
October 18-20th

More than Numbers:  Making Museums That Matter
(download the Conference Brochure by clicking above)

Your museum is more than the statistics on your annual report.  Museums matter physically, safeguarding the artifacts that detail our history, culture, and arts. Museums matter educationally, providing lifelong learning experiences on site, online, and in the classroom. Museums matter socially, providing a safe space for communities to come together to explore changes, celebrate triumphs, and resolve differences.  Museums matter intellectually, serving as venues for primary source research and the creation of new and exciting content. Museum matter economically, inspiring tourism, providing jobs, and creating livable communities.


Make plans now to attend the IAM Annual Conference in beautiful Mt. Vernon in the heart of Southern Illinois! The newly accredited Cedarhurst Center for the Arts and the Jefferson County Historical Village will host our conference.  The American Association for State and Local History Chief of Engagement Bob Beatty will present the Thursday keynote address and the Friday keynote will be presented by Perri Irmer is President and CEO, DuSable Museum of African American History.

All sessions will be on the Cedarhurst campus, but hotel blocks have been reserved for attendees. All hotels are within 10-15 minutes of the campus.  


The Drury Inn, 145 N 44th St, Mt Vernon, IL, $92/night. Call 800-325-0720 and refer to Group #2307744. 

Fairfield Inn & Suites, 217 Potomac Blvd, Mt Vernon, IL, $79/night. Call 618-244-2300 and let them know you are attending the Illinois Association of Museums conference at Cedarhurst.

Other housing options:

1. The Mt Vernon Convention Center is in process of becoming the Double Tree by Hilton, $109. 618-244-7100.

2. The Holiday Inn Express, $119/night. 618-242-6710.

3. Sidwell Friends Bed & Breakfast is fabulous and a walk from Cedarhurst. Range $167-$222/night depending on room. 618-242-5750.

The Hampton Inn, $90/night. 618-244-2323



Cedarhurst is best known for its significant collection of late 19th and early 20th century American paintings, exhibitions featuring regional and international artists, a 90 acre sculpture park, and an annual Art & Craft Fair held the weekend after Labor Day.  The campus is stunning and features the Mitchell Museum building, 33,000-square-foot cultural center. If you've never been there, you are missing something spectacular!

The Jefferson County Museum and the Village with its buildings and their contents, reflect life in Jefferson County from the mid 19th century to more recent years. Among the furnished buildings one finds homes of the 19th century, a one-room school, a log church and log jail, operating blacksmith and print shops, and merchandise in the general store.


2018 Annual Conference

Chicago, IL

July 18-21st

The 2018 Annual Conference will be held in conjunction with the Association of Midwest Museums and the Visitor Studies Association in Chicago.  The theme for the conference is Fostering Transparency, Strengthening Public Trust, and the host hotel will be the Hilton-Chicago on South Michigan Avenue.  Mark your calendars today!

More information will be forthcoming!


Conference Sponsors make our work possible.

Visit our sponsor page here and register and pay here.