The Rhode Island Docent Symposium was founded in 2000, and symposia were held in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2013. The next one is scheduled for May 8, 2017, at New Bedford Whaling Museum. The event is run by a planning committee composed of docents, guides, educators, and other staff from museums, historical societies, zoos, arboretums, and other venues which use docents in their work. It is designed to present a day of learning, collaboration, and connection for docents, guides, and educators.
The most recent symposium, held at Blithewold Mansion in 2013, attracted over 150 attendees from 23 different institutions in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
The 2017 Rhode Island Docent Symposium is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and from the Rhode Island Foundation. The Rhode Island Historical Society is the sponsoring institution for this year’s symposium, and the New Bedford Whaling Museum has generously donated its facilities for the day.
- Ruth Van Dine, Docent, Rhode Island Historical Society
- Liz Spoden, Coordinator for Visitor Services, Newport Restoration Foundation
- Amabel Allen, Docent, Roger Williams Park Zoo
- Rachel Brask Hutchinson, Program Outreach Manager, Rhode Island Historical Society
- Judith Dorian, Docent, RISD Museum at the Rhode Island School of Design
- Gary Cogar, Docent, Newport Restoration Foundation
- Sarah Hilton, Programs Manager, New Bedford Whaling Museum
- Kathleen Munro, Docent, RISD Museum at the Rhode Island School of Design
- Barbara Poznysz, Docent, New Bedford Whaling Museum
- Jane Taylor, Docent, RISD Museum at the Rhode Island School of Design
- Breakfasted catered by Sunrise Bakery, New Bedford, MA
- Lunch provided by “On the Go”, Mattapoisett, MA