We’ve added several workshops to our lineup! Take a look!

posted Apr 14, 2020
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Due to current circumstances and social distancing, all workshops will be REMOTE ACCESS ONLY until further notice.

You can enjoy the content from the comfort and safety of your home. Connecting is easy! Instructions for remote access will be e-mailed to participants in advance.

These training opportunities help historical organizations and interested history advocates gain skills that can be applied in museums, organizations, and personal collections.

  • If you are a personal member of HSM or represent an organization that itself is a member of the Society, registration is $39.
  • Registration for nonmembers is $79 and includes a one-year HSM Household Membership.
  • New for 2020: Our Doubleheader sessions offer a workshop in the morning and another in the afternoon on related topics. You can sign up for either the morning or the afternoon OR register for the whole day, and double your training experience. HSM members who take both workshops on Doubleheader days receive a special price of $59! Nonmembers, $118.
  • Registration closes at noon the day BEFORE the scheduled workshop.
  • If you can watch and listen to a video on YouTube or Facebook, you have all the technology you need to join us remotely.*
  • Materials are included with your registration. Any handouts from the presenter will be sent to remote attendees after the workshop.
*Instructions on how to remote-in to the workshop will be sent to attendees several days before each workshop.

To register for a workshop, use our secure online registration form
or call (800) 692-1828.

 

Friday,
June 12
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Bringing History to Life: Creating Crowd-Pleasing Events and Programs

with Erin Schmitz, Lakeshore Museum Center
Museums rely on imaginative, fun events and programs to get people in the door. What activities will draw an audience but still fit with your mission? How do you make history come alive for the twenty-first-century public? Learn about thinking outside the box to create new, innovative programs for your organization.

Friday,
June 19
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Writing the Great American Historical Novel

with Nancy Feldbush, Historical Society of Michigan
From James Michener’s Hawaii and Centennial to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series, the historical novel is a favorite genre of book lovers everywhere. Have you wanted to pen a novel of your own but just don’t know where to start or how to finish? Join us for this how-to on writing historical fiction.

Friday,
June 26
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Taming the Chaos and Clutter: Collections Management for Small Museums

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Encore presentation: Many small museums and historical societies struggle with basic curatorial issues related to their artifact, textile, archival, and other collections. Collections management on a limited budget poses many challenges. This workshop addresses a wide variety of storage, preservation, cataloging, and legal issues and is led by a professional curator with decades of experiences.

Friday,
July 10

Putting It in Print Doubleheader

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Morning: 9 a.m. to noon

Telling the Tale: Writing Your History Book

with Tobin Buhk, Author/Historian
You’ve always wanted to write that history book or article—but where to begin? How do you research the subject, sift the evidence, cite the sources, and fashion it into a compelling narrative? Come to learn the “tricks of the trade” from a successful author of numerous published history books.

Friday,
July 10

Putting It in Print Doubleheader

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Afternoon: 1 to 4 p.m.

Sharing the Tale: Printing Your History Book

with David Hilberer, McNaughton & Gunn
Your book manuscript is done…now how do you get it into print and into your reader’s hands? Join us for an in-depth look into self-publishing. Attendees will learn about book printers vs. book publishers, techniques for designing the pages and cover, the different types of printing, and how to distribute the book.

Friday,
July 17
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Open Arms: Diversity and Inclusion in Programming and Exhibits

with Donna Odom, Society for History and Racial Equity
In this workshop, you will learn how to reach a broad audience; engage your whole community; and ensure that your historical collections, programming, and exhibits are culturally sensitive and inclusive. The speaker will share her experiences working at the Society of History and Racial Equity and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.

Friday,
July 24
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Archives 101: Preserving Your Family History

with Sharon Carlson, Western Michigan University
Encore presentation: Are you the family historian? Did everyone hand you boxes of family photographs, correspondence, and papers and say “You like history—take care of this!” If so, this is the workshop for you. Learn from a professional archivist how to sort, arrange, and preserve your family’s documentary history.

Friday,
July 31
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Oral History 201

with Dean Rehberger, Michigan State University
Completing the interviews for an oral history project is a major accomplishment, but it is not the final step. Attendees will learn the significance of properly cataloging and storing oral histories. This workshop is perfect for organizations embarking on an oral history project and those with boxes of old tapes.

Saturday,
August 8

Genealogy Doubleheader

Morning: 9 a.m. to noon

Finding Your Family: Genealogy 101

with Jeff Mason, Genealogist
The study of genealogy can be incredibly engaging for those interested in learning more about the histories of the ancestors who have influenced their lives. This workshop introduces the study of family history. Attendees will become familiar with basic concepts of research, including locating sources, identifying categories of sources, and organizing information.

Saturday,
August 8

Genealogy Doubleheader

Afternoon: 1 to 4 p.m.

Climbing Further Up the Family Tree: Genealogy 201

with Jeff Mason, Genealogist
You’ve mastered the basics—now it’s time to climb higher into the branches of that family tree. This workshop will go beyond the research ABCs, giving attendees the tools to find obscure sources of information, locate more categories of resources, organize a growing amount of information, and create a systematic approach to research.

Friday,
August 28
9 a.m. to noon

Start ‘Em Early: Engaging Young Historians

with Amy Bradfield, Historical Society of Michigan
Are you looking for a way to engage students in the classroom or with your historical society? Michigan History Day® is a free, project-based learning program, where students explore historical topics through research. Gain an in-depth knowledge of the program, and explore the tools needed to guide students in a successful experience.

Saturday,
September 19

Raising Funds Doubleheader

Morning: 9 a.m. to noon

Bringing in the Bucks: Grant Writing 101

with Caitlyn Perry Dial, Michigan State University
“Just write a grant for it!” That’s easy to say, but why do some grants win approval while others are turned down? This workshop will show how small museums and historical organizations can fund collections, planning, and programming projects by writing successful grant applications to local, state, and national funders.

Saturday,
September 19

Raising Funds Doubleheader

Afternoon: 1 to 4 p.m.

Putting the Fun in Fund-Raising

with Paul Keep, Historical Society of Michigan
Come to learn the fundamentals of raising money and maximizing results. This workshop will discuss improving your fund-raising efforts, developing a fund-raising plan, expanding your donor base, and finding new donors. The presenter will also review how to create a compelling message that will engage potential donors.

Friday,
October 23

My Old House Doubleheader

Morning: 9 a.m. to noon

Respectful Rehabilitation of Your Historic House

with David Muylle, Muylle Enterprises
You can restore and renovate your old house without turning it into a museum. In this workshop, an experienced contractor will teach you how to renovate your own historic home—retaining its timeless beauty and keeping it true to its character—yet make it still livable for the twenty-first century.

Friday,
October 23

My Old House Doubleheader

Afternoon: 1 to 4 p.m.

If These Walls Could Talk: Researching Your Historic House

with Cassandra Nelson, Preservation Lansing
Every house or building has a great story to tell. In this workshop, you will learn how to uncover house histories, including who built them and when, their architectural styles, and the stories of the families who called them home. After that, you will learn what to do with that information.

Friday,
November 6
9 a.m. to noon

Getting Seen and Being Heard: Marketing for Small Historical Organizations

with Nancy Feldbush and Amy Wagenaar, Historical Society of Michigan
Nowadays, you need to be a Jack-(or Jill)-of-all-trades to communicate with visitors, members, and the general public. It can be daunting, especially if you have not had much practice working in that area. This “crash course” will offer some tips and suggestions so your messages can get seen and be heard.

Friday,
November 20
9 a.m. to noon

Keeping Cemeteries Alive! Preserving Headstones and Monuments

with Jessie Lasorda, Rediscovered History and Loretta Stanaway, Memorial Minders
Cemeteries contain an abundance of historical information, but those stories can be lost if the cemetery is in disarray. The speakers will discuss the importance of preserving, maintaining, and enhancing cemeteries. Participants will learn how to establish a “friend group” for preservation and relationships with governing agencies for the purpose of maintenance.

Refunds will not be issued for cancellations less than one week before each workshop. Your registration fee can be transferred to another workshop in the series within one year of the date of your original workshop registration.
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Historical Society of Michigan 7435 Westshire Dr., Lansing MI 48917
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