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.
  • New for 2017! Participants can now “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.

 

Wednesday,
October 18
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Caledonia

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

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
This workshop will assist small museums, historical societies, and interested collectors in identifying and preserving their historic photographs. The presenter will review basic conservation techniques, storage recommendations, digital scanning for access, 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 Kent District Library – Caledonia Township Branch, 6260 92nd St. SE, Caledonia, MI 49316. Remote access will NOT be available.

Wednesday,
October 25
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Dundee

Basic Archives

with Kristen Chinery, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University
Designed for small organizations that struggle with how to preserve and organize archival materials in their collections, this workshop will discuss proper storage and handling of collections, basic arrangement techniques, and affordable solutions for supplies and enclosures.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Old Mill Museum, 242 Toledo Street, Dundee, MI 48131. Remote access will NOT be available.

Thursday,
October 26
1-4 p.m.

Special
Day and Time
Workshop

Preparing for the Worst: When Disaster Strikes

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Everyone likes to plan for success, but we need to plan for disasters as well. Fires, floods, storms, thefts, injuries, violence — all of these can strike at any time and often when least expected. Museums and history organizations have special challenges because they care for irreplaceable objects of unique cultural value. Despite that fact, staff members often simply hope for the best and have no plans for the worst. This workshop focuses on drafting a disaster plan that history institutions can use to implement an effective response in the event that disaster strikes.

Friday,
October 27

Exhibits on a Shoestring

with Tammy Barnes, Tibbits Opera House
What makes a museum exhibit communicate its message successfully? How do historical organizations present concepts so they are compelling to visitors but still within the budget? Building professional-looking exhibits on a limited budget has become easier in recent years due to advancements in graphic design and printing technologies. Drawing from personal experiences working in small museums, the speaker will address several low-cost options for designing and mounting displays. Organizations with changing exhibit areas are especially encouraged to attend.

Friday,
October 27
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Gaylord

Taming the Chaos and Clutter: 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 will address a wide variety of storage, preservation, cataloging, and legal issues and will be led by a professional curator with decades of experiences in museum work.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at Jay’s Sporting Goods, 1151 S. Otsego Ave, Gaylord, MI 49735. Remote access will NOT be available.

Wednesday,
November 8
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Marquette

Taming the Chaos and Clutter: 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 will address a wide variety of storage, preservation, cataloging, and legal issues and will be led by a professional curator with decades of experiences in museum work.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, Northern Michigan University/Gries Hall, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855. Remote access will NOT be available.

Friday,
November 10

Taking Oral Histories One Step Further

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 by any means. Attendees of this workshop will understand the significance of properly cataloging and storing oral histories so that they can be accessible later for additional historians. Organizations embarking on an oral history project, as well as those with boxes of old audio and video tapes, will want to attend this informative program.

Friday,
December 8

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 a business or organization. Come to this workshop to ensure it doesn’t happen to you. Attendees will learn how to design—or redesign—a website for their historical society or museum that will be informative, useful, reflect the organizations’ specific mission, and be user-friendly.

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

 

Historical Society of Michigan 5815 Executive Drive Lansing, MI 48911
Email hsm@hsmichigan.org | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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