History Skills Workshops

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

  • Workshops are held from 9 a.m. to noon (unless noted) at the Meijer Education Center at the Historical Society of Michigan, 5815 Executive Dr., Lansing, Michigan.
  • 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 non-members is $79 and includes a one-year HSM Individual Level 1 membership.
  • Participants can “attend” remotely, if they prefer, through Zoom Video Communications and will be able to interact with the speaker and other attendees.* (Remote access is not available for off-site workshops.)
  • For in-person attendees, refreshments will be available. Lunch is on your own.
  • Materials are included with your registration. Any handouts from the presenter will be sent to remote attendees after the workshop.
*For full interaction, microphone and webcam are required on your device. Instructions on how to remote-in to the workshop will be sent to attendees.

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

 

Friday,
February 16

Fading Photos: How to Identify, Scan, Restore, and Archive Historical Photographs

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
This workshop assists small museums, historical societies, and interested collectors in identifying and preserving their historical photographs. The presenter will review basic conservation techniques, storage recommendations, digital scanning, and how to approach cataloging issues. There will also be plenty of time for participants to ask questions and have hands-on experiences.

Friday,
March 2

Selling History: Operating a Museum Store

with Mary Toshach, Historical Society of Michigan
This session is an introduction to retail sales for organizations. Attendees will learn better strategies for marketing and sales, including the use of e-commerce and social media. The speaker will also discuss using computers to manage inventory and finances and how to collect, analyze, and improve your numbers to increase profits.

Wednesday,
March 7
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Coloma

The Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Grant Writing

with Lisa Cripps-Downey and Susan Matheny, Berrien Community Foundation
This workshop will help nonprofits find and apply for grants more successfully. Led by the president and program manager of the Berrien Community Foundation, the session will provide recommendations by a donor on how to submit more effective funding requests. Topics covered include developing a “Case for Giving,” becoming grant-ready, and understanding the RFP.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the North Berrien Museum, 300 Coloma Avenue, Coloma, MI 49038. Remote access will NOT be available.

Friday,
March 9

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.

Wednesday,
March 14
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Adrian

Fading Photos: How to Identify, Scan, Restore, and Archive Historical Photographs

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
This workshop assists small museums, historical societies, and interested collectors in identifying and preserving their historical photographs. The presenter will review basic conservation techniques, storage recommendations, digital scanning, and how to approach cataloging issues. There will also be plenty of time for participants to ask questions and have hands-on experiences.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Lenawee County Historical Museum, 110 E. Church Street, Adrian, MI 49221. Remote access will NOT be available.

Tuesday,
March 27
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
L’Anse

Fading Photos: How to Identify, Scan, Restore, and Archive Historical Photographs

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
This workshop assists small museums, historical societies, and interested collectors in identifying and preserving their historical photographs. The presenter will review basic conservation techniques, storage recommendations, digital scanning, and how to approach cataloging issues. There will also be plenty of time for participants to ask questions and have hands-on experiences.

Please Note: This workshop will take place in L’Anse. The exact location of the workshop TBD. Remote access will NOT be available.

Wednesday,
March 28
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Escanaba

Taming the Chaos: Collections Management for Small Museums

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
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 experience.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Delta County Historical Society, 12 Water Plant Road, Escanaba, MI 49829. Remote access will NOT be available.

Thursday,
March 29
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
St. Ignace

What Do We Do With This Stuff? Deaccessioning, Found Items, and Unclaimed Loans

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Almost every museum struggles with “problem artifacts”–abandoned items, unclaimed loans, or mysterious items whose origin no one seems to know. As one museum professional remarked, “The biggest donor to our collections is F.O.P.–Found on the Premises.” This workshop addresses deaccessioning, ambiguous loans, and the means by which to establish ownership of found items.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Michilimackinac Historical Society, Fort de Baude Museum, 334 N. State Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781. Remote access will NOT be available.

Friday,
March 30

Archives 101

with Meghan Courtney, Wayne State University
Designed for small organizations that struggle with how to preserve and organize archival materials in their collections, this workshop reviews proper storage and handling of collections, basic arrangement techniques, and affordable solutions for supplies and enclosures. The session will also address how to organize materials to make them accessible to researchers.

Wednesday,
April 4
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Grand Rapids

Archives 101

with Sharon Carlson, Western Michigan University
Designed for small organizations that struggle with how to preserve and organize archival materials in their collections, this workshop reviews proper storage and handling of collections, basic arrangement techniques, and affordable solutions for supplies and enclosures. The session will also address how to organize materials to make them accessible to researchers.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Remote access will NOT be available.

Wednesday,
April 11
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Northville

Fading Photos: How to Identify, Scan, Restore, and Archive Historical Photographs

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
This workshop assists small museums, historical societies, and interested collectors in identifying and preserving their historical photographs. The presenter will review basic conservation techniques, storage recommendations, digital scanning, and how to approach cataloging issues. There will also be plenty of time for participants to ask questions and have hands-on experiences.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Cady Inn at the Northville Historical Society’s Mill Race Village, 215 Griswold Street, Northville, MI 48167. Remote access will NOT be available.

Friday,
April 13

Publishing Your History Book

with David Hilberer, McNaughton & Gunn and Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Have you wanted to produce a local history book, but didn’t know where to begin? The presenters will take you through all the steps of creating a book, including defining the scope, researching and writing, creating financial goals, gathering illustrations, defining the market, printing, and marketing the volume to the public.

Tuesday,
April 17
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Leland

Fading Photos: How to Identify, Scan, Restore, and Archive Historical Photographs

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
This workshop assists small museums, historical societies, and interested collectors in identifying and preserving their historical photographs. The presenter will review basic conservation techniques, storage recommendations, digital scanning, and how to approach cataloging issues. There will also be plenty of time for participants to ask questions and have hands-on experiences.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Leelanau Historical Museum, 203 Cedar Street, Leland, MI 49654. Remote access will NOT be available.

Wednesday,
April 25
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Saginaw

If These Bricks Could Talk: Researching Historic Buildings

with Tom Trombley, Castle Museum of Saginaw County History
Every building has a history. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to uncover the histories of structures: who built them and when, their architectural styles, and the stories of the people who lived or worked there. You’ll also discover the research sources available at the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History and the Hoyt Library.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, 500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw, MI 48607. Remote access will NOT be available.

Friday,
May 4

Lights, Camera, Action! Using Videos and Media to Promote Your Organization

with Amy Wagenaar, Historical Society of Michigan
If you are trying to add videos and other media to your current marketing strategies for your organization, this workshop is for you. Attendees will learn how to create video and media content, utilize existing resources, and best promote your events and programs using video-specific strategies in today’s visual-focused market.

Friday,
May 18

Trending Now: How Social Media Can Help You

with Mary Toshach and Amy Wagenaar, Historical Society of Michigan
The presenters will lead a discussion of tools and resources available for marketing your museum and products through Social Media. Strategies for increasing visitation, expanding programs, and other objectives will be discussed. Join this session to find out how to leverage additional exposure and resources for your institution or site.

Wednesday,
May 23
1-4 p.m.

Special
Day & Time
Workshop

Taking Oral Histories One Step Further

with Michael Laney, Michigan State University Library
Completing the interviews for an oral history project is a major accomplishment, but it is not the final step. Whether you are a beginner or have boxes of old audio and video tapes, this workshop will show the importance of properly cataloging and storing oral histories so they can be accessible for future researchers.

Friday,
June 1

The Fabric of History: Caring for Historic Textiles

with Frances Faile, American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works
This workshop is designed to help museums and historical organizations properly manage their historic textile collections. The presenter will review care and handling for a variety of fabrics. Inexpensive storage solutions and mounting techniques for display will also be covered. Participants will have a chance to inquire about examples from their own collections.

Friday,
June 15

Exhibits on a Shoestring

with Tammy Barnes, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
What makes a museum exhibit communicate its message successfully? How do organizations present concepts so they are compelling but still within the budget? Building professional-looking exhibits on a limited budget has now become easier due to advancements in printing technologies. This workshop will address several low-cost options for designing and mounting displays.

Friday,
July 6

If These Walls Could Talk: Researching Your Historic House

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan and Cassandra Nelson, Preservation Lansing
Every building has a history, and your house has a great story to tell. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to uncover house histories: who built them and when, their architectural styles, and the stories of the families who called them home. After that, you’ll learn what to do with that information.

Friday,
July 20

Taming the Chaos: Collections Management for Small Museums

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
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 experience.

Friday,
August 3

Archives 201

with Alexandra Orchard, Wayne State University
This workshop is designed for participants who have some experience working with archival materials and have already gained a basic understanding of archival principles. Participants will learn advanced skills in arrangement and description methods of physical collections and in management and delivery of both physical and digital materials.

Friday,
August 17

Suiting Up:
First-Person Interpretation

with Bob Myers, Historical Society of Michigan and David Schmid, Into the Past, Inc.
Living history presentations can serve as inspirational tools to bring the past to life. Both large and small organizations have developed effective on-site and off-site programs using first-person interpreters. This workshop will explore character development, acting techniques, costuming, and potential pitfalls of bringing people from a bygone era back to life.

Friday,
September 7

Genealogy 201

with Kris Rzepczynski, Archives of Michigan
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 more obscure sources of information, locate and identify categories of resources, organize information, and create a systematic approach to researching family histories.

Friday,
October 12

Grades, GLCEs, and the Good Old Days: Becoming an Extension of the Classroom

with James Cameron, Michigan Department of Education
By reviewing what is required in the classroom, you can make your museum or historical site much more valuable and relevant to teachers and students of all grades. In this workshop, you will learn about Grade Level Content Expectations, High School Level Content Expectations, and the new C3 Framework for Social Studies.

Friday,
October 26

Make the Internet Your Friend: Websites for Historical Organizations

with Amy Bradfield, Maureen Buecking, and Nancy Feldbush, Historical Society of Michigan
Have you ever visited a web page and couldn’t find what you were looking for? Confusing, outdated websites can frustrate visitors and deter others from engaging with your organization. Attendees will learn how to create a website that will be informative, useful, and user-friendly and reflect your organization’s specific mission.

Friday,
November 9

Marketing to the Melting Pot: Reaching and Including Diverse Perspectives

with Ryah Aqel, Arab American National Museum
If you want to take steps to reach a broad audience, engage your whole community, and learn about practical steps to ensure that your historical collections, programming, and exhibits are culturally sensitive and inclusive, this is the workshop for you. Learn how to empower your organization to be a force for educational and social diversity.

Friday,
December 14

Building Your Board and Leadership

with Chong-Anna Canfora and Larry Wagenaar, Historical Society of Michigan
All historical societies need leaders. But what makes a good board member? How do you search for a director to manage day-to-day operations? What skills should board members and directors have? How do you find the right people? This workshop explores crucial issues in building an effective leadership team for your organization.

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.

History Skills Workshops Registration Form

 

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