From annual conventions to Professional Development Institutes.

 
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ASMC held its first national convention in Washington, D.C. on November 21-22, 1957. By the time the third annual convention was held in 1959, 250 persons attended. While annual conventions were held for many years, they were not called Professional Development Institutes until 1981. The first PDI was held in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 27-30, 1981. The second PDI, held in 1982 in New Orleans, Louisiana, was the first to include workshops (there were 30 that year).

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