Historical Timeline of the National Docent Symposium Council (NDSC)

1981 to1985 The First National Docent Symposia
The first three symposia were hosted by Indianapolis Museum of Art (1981), the Milwaukee Art Museum (1983), and the Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA (1985).

1985 to1988 Establishing a Permanent Advisory Board as a 501 (c) (3) organization
ndsclogo blk-Orange-Background1987 A kaleidoscope was chosen by the Toledo Museum of Art as the symbol of its 1987 Symposium and then adopted as the logo for the National Docent Symposium Council.

1988 The NDSC was incorporated as a non-profit organization under the laws of the State of California and Federal tax-exempt status was obtained.

1981 to Present – Biennial Symposia continue. List of Host Institutions.

21st century – Expanding the scope of the NDSC
2001  The First Edition of the Docent Handbook was published by the NDSC.
          The NDSC website was launched.
2003  A scholarship fund was established in honor of Carole and Eugene Kramer, a grant which continued until 2016.
2011  Website was re-designed and relaunched as www.nationaldocents.org.
2013  Online database of subscribers consolidated with an online marketing company.
2017  Docent Handbook 2, the Second Edition of the Docent Handbook was published. 
          The National Docents Forum, a closed Facebook group, was launched.
2018 The NDSC Education Grant Fund was established to replace the Kramer grants; grants continue for docents/guides attending a symposium for the first time.   Donation options were established on the website to help sustain the NDSC and provide funding for NDSC Education Grants.


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