On March 9th, 2020, the database idea was introduced to the rest of the docents and the sign up went out. The response was excitement and delight that this opportunity was now available. As we are all aware, the pandemic began shortly after and the Museum was closed for tours. The committee was grateful to have launched the project before the doors closed, and the docents began working hard and turning in submissions. After each docent completed his/her submission, the word document was sent by e-mail to the committee with pictures as attachments. The committee then proceeded to edit and proofread it before sending it to the database.
On September 8th, 2020, the database was officially made live and presented to the DMA docents. As of today, there are over 100 entries. It is meant to be used as a living database, meaning that updates and changes can be made by the committee at any time to ensure that the information is up to date and correct. The committee developed the following disclaimer to be used at the end of each entry to keep the database secure within the DMA docent community and to stress that it is amendable: “As scholarship continues to evolve and grow, please be diligent in your research and information. This material is to be viewed by DMA docents only”.