SIAM's History

The idea for SIAM first emerged in 2003 during a meeting at John A. Logan College where a corps of museum directors and volunteers from southern Illinois explored the idea of forming a consortium of museums with the goal of mutual support through networking.

A series of exploratory meetings were held at various museums in the lower 28 counties of Illinois over a two-year period.  From these meetings a group identity emerged and a consensus toward formal incorporation developed.

Workshops dealing with marketing issues, grant writing, and collection management were held in 2004 and 2005 respectively.  The SIUC University Museum assisted in the development of a website and a List Serv for internal member communication.

By August of 2005 SIAM was officially organized, officers were installed and the organization was granted the approval to declare themselves an official 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. A mission statement and bylaws were created later that year.

The first annual meeting was held at the Southern Illinois University Museum on August 19, 2006. Soon a charter board was formed expanding the consortium to include 11 institutions and 13 individuals.

In June of 2007, a strategic planning retreat was conducted and goals with timelines were established for the next five years.  Initial committee structure was realigned and officer responsibilities were redefined as SIAM began its second year as a formal organization. 


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