1969—Museum Education Roundtable (MER) organized by Washington, DC-area museum educators initially concerned with local museum/school collaborations.

1971—MER incorporated as a nonprofit in the District of Columbia. Bylaws ratified by the members on January 13 “the purpose for which (is for) the promotion and development of museums in the Washington, DC area as educational resources.”

1970s–Informal roundtables convened in D. C. on professional development and practice.

1973—Roundtable Reports begins publication (renamed Journal of Museum Education in 1984).

1978—MER-EdCom (AAM Education Committee) begin collaboration offering a subscription to Roundtable Reports to EdCom members.

1979—Museum Practitioner Seminar inaugurated by George Washington University Museum Education Program in association with MER (to 1999).

1980s—Program menu expanded with workshops and seminars, as well as collaborations with local and regional and national organizations, e.g. Virginia Association of Museums, and AAM’s National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME).

1984 Anthology

1984—Museum Education Anthology, 1973-1983:Perspectives on Informal Learning, A Decade of Roundtable Reports published; 2nd printing in 1990.

1984—Roundtable Reports renamed Journal of Museum Education “to encourage and report on practices in the field in the context of related theory.”

1985—Bylaws amended on March 19 to include “the organization supports enrichment of its profession on local, national, and international levels.” Board adopts a Policy on Collaboration “when cooperative programs, meetings, and related ventures will further its organization mission and services.”

1987—Membership survey.

1988—Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to produce second anthology.

1989—First Research Colloquium on Museum Practice.

1989—20th Anniversary celebration at the National Cathedral, Washington, DC.

1990—Museum Education Anthology, 1973-1983: Perspectives on Informal Learning A Decade of Roundtable Reports 2nd printing (first published in 1984).

1992—First MER Members’ Meeting at the American Association of Museums Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

1992—Patterns in Practice: Selections from the Journal of Museum Education 1983-1991 published.

1992—EdCom proposes a merger of the two organizations MER and EdCom.

1993—MER and EdCom collaboration ends.

1997—MER goes on-line: [email protected] and www.erols.com/merorg/.

1997—Membership survey.

1998—Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to produce a third anthology.

1998—Revised Mission adopted by the Board.

1999—30th Anniversary celebration and Annual Members’ Meeting at the American Association of Museums Annual Meeting in Cleveland.

1999—Recognition given to David Carr, Associate Professor of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

1999—Museum Practitioner Seminar inaugurated in 1979 by George Washington University Museum Education Program in association with MER collaboration ends.

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2000—Bylaws amended including change of terms of office for Board of Directors from 2 years to 3 years.

2000—Strategic Planning and reorganization of Board operating structure undertaken with assistance from the Cultural Alliance Business Volunteer for the Arts program.

2000—Publications marketing plan developed with assistance from the Cultural Alliance Business Volunteer for the Arts program.

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2000–MER establishes intemet domain www.mer-online.

2001—First Board of Directors slate proposed and elected electronically.

2001—First electronic Network (Summer 2001) newsletter distributed to membership.

2001—First Conference Call meeting of Board of Directors in November.

2001—New format for Network (Winter 2001-2002) newsletter.

2002—MER President invited to sit on EdCom Board of Directors as a (non-voting) National Associate.

2002—MER President attends EdCom Board of Directors January meeting and begins discussion of possible renewal of collaborations.

2002—MER and EdCom Boards of Directors have joint lunch-meeting at AAM Annual Meeting in Dallas and discuss the possibility of future collaboration.

2002—Journal of Museum Education format redesigned and updated.

2003—The Journal of Museum Education is awarded honorable mention for Excellence in the Published Resources Award 2003 by the American Association of Museum’s Education Committee (EdCom).

2005—MER office in Washington, DC closed and transformed into a virtual office.

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2006—First issue of the Journal (vol. 31, no. 1) in a redesigned format published on behalf of MER under contract with Left Coast Press.

2006—First Board President elected from outside of the Washington, DC area, emphasizing the national mission of MER.

2008—Network launched in a blog format.

2009—Membership approved revisions to the Bylaws.

2009—Network discontinued.

2009—Website redesigned in blog format at /

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2009 – Second Board President elected from outside the Washington, D.C. area.

2010 – MER launches its new Strategic Framework 2010-2015.

2010 – MER launches its first Facebook page.

2010 – MER recruits for the first time, two co-editors-in-chief for the Journal of Museum Education.

2010 -  MER Publications survey.

2011 – MER and Edcom appoint a new, shared board liaison.

2011 – MER undergoes a JME redesign project.