Dear Colleagues,
Our invitation to you is simple – come explore St. Louis with us. We believe you will be amazed at the breadth and depth of the cultural institutions in this region – from a world-class zoo and museums, to fabulous and varied historic houses, to a world-heritage site and spectacular botanical gardens, to lesser known sites (did you know we are home to the National Horseshoe Pitching Hall of Fame?) – St. Louis offers something for every interest.

St. Louis residents are proud of our town, our neighborhoods and our sports teams. We love sending guests up the Arch, showing off Forest Park, and eating and drinking our way through the history of our city while listening to great live music.

And we are so pleased to share all of that with you. If this will be your first time here or you live in a neighboring state, come explore St. Louis with us. The conference program will give you ideas and inspiration for your work, and the evenings in our city will help you understand why we love to call St. Louis home.

We are already hard at work planning for next year’s conference; more than 80 individuals representing 40 institutions are working together to ensure you see the best of St. Louis. We look forward to seeing you in May 2017!

Donald M. Suggs
Publisher & Executive Editor
St. Louis American Newspaper
General Chair, AAM 2017 Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo

Photo credit: Daniel Quat Photography

Dr. Frances Levine
Missouri Historical Society
Local Host Committee Chair, AAM 2017 Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo


2017 St. Louis, MO Local Host Committee
AAM is grateful to the following people and organizations for their dedication and hard work as committee members in planning local activities and services to support the annual meeting:


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Local Host Committee Leadership
Fran Levine
St. Louis, MO Host Committee Chair
President, Missouri History Museum

Marilu Knode
Events, Co-Chair
Executive Director, Laumeier Sculpture Park

Elizabeth Pickard
Events, Co-Chair
Director of Interpretive Programs, Missouri History Museum

Andy Hahn
Hospitality, Chair
Executive Director, Campbell House Museum

Alex Elmestad
Public Engagement, Chair
Manager of Public Programs & Interpretation, Contemporary Art Museum

Katie Hasler Peissig
Public Relations, Chair
Manager of Communications, Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Vicki Kaffenberger
Volunteers, Chair
Director of Volunteers & Interns, Missouri History Museum

Donna McGinnis
Development, Co-Chair
Senior Vice President, Community & Development, Missouri Botanical Garden

Carl Hamm
Development, Co-Chair
Deputy Director for Development & External Affairs, St. Louis Art Museum

Beth Fitzgerald
Development, Co-Chair
President, The Magic House

Local Host Committee Participating Institutions
American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
Alliance of Black Art Galleries
Archives & Museum of Optometry
Campbell House Museum
Central Print
Concordia Historical
Contemporary Art Museum
Dynamic Arts, LLC
Events by Panorama
Explore St. Louis
Griot Museum of Black History
Holocaust Museum
Inside the Economy Museum (Federal Reserve Bank)
International Photography Hall of Fame
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Laumeier Sculpture Park
Magic House
Mercantile Library at UMSL
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri History Museum
Missouri State Parks
Museum of Contemporary Religious Art
Museum of Transportation
National Blues Museum
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Regional Arts Commission
Sheldon Art Galleries
Soldiers Memorial Military Museum
Saint Louis Art Museum
St. Louis Chess Club
St. Louis Science Center
St. Louis Zoo
Via Partnership
Washington University
World Chess Hall of Fame