Annual Conference

 IAM Annual Meeting, Awards Presentations Reception, and Mini-Conference

October 4-5, 2018

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Join us for the Annual Awards presentations reception and our Annual Meeting at 7:30 p.m. on October 4th at the new Kidzeum of Health and Science in Springfield. Then on October 5th enjoy our mini-conference in partnership with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library!

Wyndam Springfield City Centre, 700 E. Adams St., Springfield. 217.789.1530
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield, 701 E. Adams St., Springfield. 217.544.8800
The Statehouse Inn, 101 East Adams Street, Springfield. 217.528.5100

Oct. 4 - Awards Reception and Annual Meeting ($30)
Kidzeum, 3rd Fl.,  412 E Adams St., Springfield, IL

Oct. 5 Mini-Conference Schedule ($50)
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 North Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701 
8:30 - 10 a.m. - Workshop: ‘Win-Win-Win: The Benefits of Collaborations between Schools and Museums,” Jeanne Schultz Angel, Director, The 19th Century Club

This session will explore the following: innovative ways that museums can supplement learning and differential learning styles; how classroom visits and museum field trips can improve the impact that a museum has on education in a community; how museums can address the needs of the instructor when collaborating; and opportunities for schools to connect and access primary source material for building curriculum.

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Panel: Remaining Relevant: Museums Responding to Changing Demographics,” Peter Van Ael, Coordinator, Jack Olson Gallery, NIU School of Art and Design; Lance Tawzer, Director of Visitor Experience, Naper Settlement; Rachelle Wilson, Acting Curator, James B. and Rosalyn L. Pick Museum of Anthropology, NIU; Adina Salmansohn, Independent Museum Professional; Carmin Berchiolly, Program Coordinator, Center for Burma Studies, NIU

At a time when the country is becoming increasingly more diverse, especially ethnically, museums need to be pro-active and inclusive to continue serving their broadening constituencies. This panel will discuss projects addressing these issues in their institutions, other ways museums can address this challenge, and why it’s important.

LUNCH 11:45 - 12:45 p.m. ($15)

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Workshop: “Make No Little Plans: Interpretive Exhibits for the Small Museums,” Dan Bartlett, Curator of Exhibits, Elmhurst History Museum

Good exhibits don’t happen by accident. They come from thoughtful preparation, careful writing, and focused design. This session will introduce the basics of planning, writing, and layout out exhibits for maximum effectiveness with limited budgets.

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Panel:  “Museums at the Bicentennial,” Karen Everingham, President, Illinois Association of Museums; Susannah Munson, Curator, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Museum; and Adrienne Horrigan, Archivist, Lincoln Park Zoo; and Ben Hunt, Manager of Interpretive Content, Lincoln Park Zoo

This panel will discuss the origins of museums as “cabinets of curiosities” to the high tech, interactive museums of today. It will also look at the changing methodologies used in the accession and curation of museum objects.

 See what's happened at previous IAM Conferences.

2018 Annual Conference

July 18-21, 2018
Hilton Chicago

Fostering Transparency, Strengthening Public Trust


 2017 IAM Annual Conference

Mt. Vernon, IL
October 18-20th

More than Numbers:  Making Museums That Matter

2016 IAM Annual Conference
Oak Park, IL
September 28-30, 2016

Cultural Placemaking: Museums in the 21st Century 


2015 IAM Annual Conference

Springfield, IL
September 24-25, 2015

Museums + Schools=Transformative Learning

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