History Skills Workshops™

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

  • Workshops are held at the Meijer Center for Michigan History (home of the Historical Society of Michigan) 7435 Westshire Dr., Lansing, Michigan. Please see below for dates and times of the workshops.
  • 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 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. If you can watch and listen to a video on YouTube or Facebook, you have all the technology you need to join us remotely.* (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.
*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,
March 13

Historical Collections Doubleheader

Morning: 9 a.m. to noon

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 addresses a wide variety of storage, preservation, cataloging, and legal issues and is led by a professional curator with decades of experience.

Friday,
March 13

Historical Collections Doubleheader

Afternoon: 1 to 4 p.m.

Archives 102: Preserving Your Family History

with Sharon Carlson, Western Michigan University
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.

Tuesday,
March 31, 2020
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Flat Rock

Discovering History: House Histories & Walking Tours

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Houses have great stories to tell. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to uncover house histories: who built them and when, their architectural styles, and the stories of the families who called them home. Participants then learn how to use that information to create walking tours and other community engagement programs.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Flat Rock Historical Society, Smith Hotel, 25486 Gibraltar Road, Flat Rock, MI 48134.

Remote access will NOT be available.

Wednesday,
April 1, 2020
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Belleville

Discovering History: House Histories & Walking Tours

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Houses have great stories to tell. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to uncover house histories: who built them and when, their architectural styles, and the stories of the families who called them home. Participants then learn how to use that information to create walking tours and other community engagement programs.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Yankee Air Museum, 47884 D St., Belleville, MI 48111.

Remote access will NOT be available.

Thursday,
April 2, 2020
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Algonac

Discovering History: House Histories & Walking Tours

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Houses have great stories to tell. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to uncover house histories: who built them and when, their architectural styles, and the stories of the families who called them home. Participants then learn how to use that information to create walking tours and other community engagement programs.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Algonac-Clay Historical Society Maritime Museum, 1117 St. Clair River Dr., Algonac, MI 48001.

Remote access will NOT be available.

Friday,
April 3
9 a.m. to noon

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,
April 17
9 a.m. to noon

Fading Photos II: Digitizing Your Collections

with Sarah Mainville and Melanie Goulish, Michigan State University Libraries
This session focuses on digitizing and preserving optical media. Early digitization efforts recommended that scanned items be stored on optical discs, however CDs and DVDs are a high-risk format for information loss. Attendees will learn how to stabilize their media, extract the information, and ensure the digital files are safe moving forward.

Friday,
May 1
9 a.m. to noon

Using PastPerfect: Figuring Out Your Collections Software

with Brittany Williams, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
PastPerfect has become a popular collections management software for museums of all sizes, but it is easy to find yourself overwhelmed by its complexities. A longtime PastPerfect user will help demystify the database and show you how to get the most out of the system. Recommended for PastPerfect 5.0 users.

Tuesday,
May 19, 2020
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Edwardsburg

Discovering History: House Histories & Walking Tours

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Houses have great stories to tell. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to uncover house histories: who built them and when, their architectural styles, and the stories of the families who called them home. Participants then learn how to use that information to create walking tours and other community engagement programs.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Edwardsburg Area Historical Museum, 26818 Main St., Edwardsburg, MI 49112.

Remote access will NOT be available.

Wednesday,
May 20, 2020
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Muskegon

Discovering History: House Histories & Walking Tours

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Houses have great stories to tell. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to uncover house histories: who built them and when, their architectural styles, and the stories of the families who called them home. Participants then learn how to use that information to create walking tours and other community engagement programs.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Lakeshore Museum Center, 484 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, MI 49440.

Remote access will NOT be available.

Thursday,
May 21, 2020
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Durand

Discovering History: House Histories & Walking Tours

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Houses have great stories to tell. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to uncover house histories: who built them and when, their architectural styles, and the stories of the families who called them home. Participants then learn how to use that information to create walking tours and other community engagement programs.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Durand Union Station Museum, 200 S. Railroad St., Durand, MI 48429.

Remote access will NOT be available.

Friday,
May 29
9 a.m. to noon

Good Governance: Building a Better Board

with Regina Pinney, Nonprofit Network
Nonprofit boards have the ultimate responsibility and accountability for the organizations they guide and lead. Do members of your board understand their legal obligations, basic responsibilities, and duties? This workshop will address current trends, challenges, and climates for organizations, along with the key tasks a nonprofit board should undertake.

Friday,
June 12
9 a.m. to noon

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.

Tuesday,
June 16, 2020
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Harbor Springs

Discovering History: House Histories & Walking Tours

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Houses have great stories to tell. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to uncover house histories: who built them and when, their architectural styles, and the stories of the families who called them home. Participants then learn how to use that information to create walking tours and other community engagement programs.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Harbor Springs Historical Society, 349 E. Main St., Harbor Springs, MI 49740.

Remote access will NOT be available.

Wednesday,
June 17, 2020
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Ishpeming

Discovering History: House Histories & Walking Tours

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Houses have great stories to tell. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to uncover house histories: who built them and when, their architectural styles, and the stories of the families who called them home. Participants then learn how to use that information to create walking tours and other community engagement programs.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum, 501 W. Euclid St., Ishpeming, MI 49849.

Remote access will NOT be available.

Thursday,
June 18, 2020
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Cedarville

Discovering History: House Histories & Walking Tours

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Houses have great stories to tell. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to uncover house histories: who built them and when, their architectural styles, and the stories of the families who called them home. Participants then learn how to use that information to create walking tours and other community engagement programs.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Les Cheneaux Historical Museum, 105 South Meridian, Cedarville, MI 49719.

Remote access will NOT be available.

Friday,
July 10

Putting It in Print Doubleheader

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

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.

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
Email hsm@hsmichigan.org | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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