“Create Your Own Path”

September 11-14, 2017

Wildwood Springs Lodge- Steelville, Missouri


Mark your calendars for the 2017 AMI workshop at the historic Wildwood Springs Lodge in Steelville, Missouri! The focus will be “Creating Your Own Path” to better interpretation through sessions, keynotes, and field trips. Those who call the Ozarks home, and those who called it home in the past, know exactly what it is like to create their own path.  The rugged landscape of the Ozarks, along with the allure of its rivers and streams and mysterious caves, has drawn people to its beauty for centuries.  The rich forests and rivers were paths to commerce and recreation; sustaining those who chose to stay and make a home there.  For these reasons, the field trips offered this year will focus on our Missouri heritage in the Ozarks.    Be thinking of a conference session that you could present to fit our theme.   Get the Call for Papers form  here->  2017 Call for Papers  Deadline for call for papers is August 11, 2017.



Wildwood Springs Lodge was built in 1922 by a group of sportsmen from St. Louis. As was popular at the time, these men planned to develop a resort, complete with lodge and cabins, for their membership to enjoy the beauty and outdoor recreation the Ozarks had to offer.  Upon completion of the Lodge the leading members of the group decided the lodge should be open to the public.  The lodge served several different purposes over the years, but is now once again a popular lodging destination in the Ozarks.

Wildwood Springs Lodge consists of 52 historic rooms. All rooms either have a one full/queen bed or two twin beds.  Rooms vary in cost depending on location within the lodge.  All room reservations come with a complimentary bed and breakfast style breakfast each morning from 7:30 – 9:00 am.  More information about the lodge and its amenities can be found at

Important: Because of the smaller number of rooms at this facility, please consider having a roommate if you reserve a room with two twin beds.  This will help ensure our attendees can all stay at the same location.  When you place your reservation, please note with hotel staff you are part of the Association of Missouri Interpreters Conference to get the group rates listed below.

Upstairs Rooms & Suites- A room is 1/2 of the suite.



Upstairs suites share a shower between the two rooms. The toilets are down the hall European style. Each room has a private sink and personal air conditioning units. These rooms are set up for double occupancy with either 2 twin beds of 1 queen bed in each room.

Mezzanine rooms are individual rooms with doors that open directly onto the indoor upstairs balcony overlooking the lobby. These rooms have private sinks and showers and central air conditioning. The toilets are down the hall European Style. These rooms are set up for 3 to 4 people with either 2 full beds or 1 full bed and 1 twin bed.

Upstairs Room Rate:

$32.90 per person per night


Downstairs Suites- A room is only 1/2 of the suite.  





Downstairs Porch/Non Porch suites share a shower and toilet between two rooms. Each room has a private sink and central air conditioning. These rooms are set up for double occupancy with either 2 twin beds of 1 queen bed in each room. Rooms may or may not have direct entrances onto the peaceful back porch overlooking the outdoor swimming pool and valley.

Downstairs Room Rates

 $39.90 per person per night (non-porch)

$46.90 per person per night (porch)


Other Lodging Options:

The following options are not included in our group rate, but may be available if you choose not to stay at Wildwood Springs Lodge.

  1. Wildwood Springs Lodge Guest Houses- this option consists of four guest houses in close proximity to Wildwood Springs Lodge. They vary in price and number of persons they can accommodate. More information about the guest houses can be found at
  2. If you choose to stay off the grounds, there are other lodging options available in the area that can be found by a quick internet search or by contacting Kendra Swee at


To Make A Reservation at Wildwood Springs Lodge:

  • Call Wildwood Springs Lodge at (573) 775-2400
    • Mention you are attending the Association of Missouri Interpreters Conference to receive our group rate. Rooms are available Sunday September 10th-Wednesday September 13th for our conference.
    • Indicate which room type you would like to reserve (upstairs vs. downstairs, single occupancy vs. double occupancy) **Please plan to have a roommate if you have selected a room with two beds**

Conference Registration

  • Go to to register for the conference
  • The registration survey does NOT include a payment option. Payment must be made with AMI treasurer Michelle Soenksen.  Your confirmation email with provide details on how to proceed with payment via cash, check, or credit card.
  • Registration & Payment Deadline: August 25, 2017


Conference Agenda

We have a fun and interpretive agenda planned for this conference. Find everything you need to know about the conference below. An At-A-Glance agenda can be found here.


Field Sessions

The conference committee has put together an exciting array of preconference and regular conference field sessions that you are sure to enjoy!   Click on the link for a more detailed list of field sessions.  AMI 2017 Field Sessions

Banquet & Awards

In keeping with the 1920’s charm of our conference location, our banquet and awards ceremony will take on a Roaring 20’s theme this year! From Jazz that makes you want to do the Charleston to prohibition-era beverages at the speakeasy (password required to enter), we hope you will enjoy the ambiance.

“Come as a flapper or comes as you are, dress as a gangster or silent screen star, it’s going to be fun-no matter the dress, just bring yourself and it’ll be a gas”


AMI Scholarship and Professional Development Auction

As always, dig around in your basements, closets, and offices for those unique items for the auction!   The AMI auction is our only fundraiser for our scholarship fund, which allows AMI to provide student scholarships as well as professional development stipends for our members.   If you wish to donate an item, please download the fillable form here to give the buyers more information about your item.  AMI Auction form