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.
  • Registration for each History Skills Workshop closes at noon the day BEFORE the scheduled workshop. Seating is limited. Walk-ins are welcome as long as seats are still available.
  • 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.


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.

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.

October 12

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.

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.

November 9

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.

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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