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 Historical Society of Michigan, 7435 Westshire Drive, 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 nonmembers 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. 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.
*Details for remote connection will be provided prior to the workshop.

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

 

Friday,
September 6

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.

Tuesday,
September 10
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Charlevoix

House Histories & Walking Tours

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Every building has a history, and houses have great stories 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 how to use that information to create walking tours and other community engagement programs.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Charlevoix Historic Train Depot, 305 Chicago Ave., Charlevoix, MI 49720. Remote access will NOT be available.

Wednesday,
September 11
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Naubinway

House Histories & Walking Tours

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Every building has a history, and houses have great stories 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 how to use that information to create walking tours and other community engagement programs.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the The Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum, W11660 US 2 Naubinway, MI 49762. Remote access will NOT be available.

Thursday,
September 12
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Chassell

House Histories & Walking Tours

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Every building has a history, and houses have great stories 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 how to use that information to create walking tours and other community engagement programs.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Chassell Heritage Center, 42373 N. Hancock St., Chassell, MI 49916. Remote access will NOT be available.

Friday,
September 20

Museum Newbies – How Do I . . . ?

with Kim Parr, The Crocker House Museum & Macomb County Historical Society
Are you new to the museum field and need advice on performing administrative functions? Perhaps you do not know how to document gifts or you have artifacts that do not fit into your collection. This open-discussion workshop will answer some of your questions and help you network with others in the field.

Please e-mail your pertinent questions at least two weeks before the workshop to hsm@hsmichigan.org, subject line: Museum Newbies.

Friday,
October 11

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.

Tuesday,
October 22
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Three Rivers

Using PastPerfect: Figuring Out Your Collections Software

with Brittany Williams, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
You bought the software – now how do you use it? 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.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the St. Joseph County Historical Society, 34 N. Main St., Three Rivers, MI 49093. Remote access will NOT be available.

Wednesday,
October 23
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Greenville

Historic House Management

with Erin Schmitz, Hackley & Hume Historic Site, Lakeshore Museum Center
Why are historic houses necessary to their communities? How are historic house museums unique? Participants of this workshop will explore answers to these questions while learning more about management, collections, and interpretation issues specific to house museums. Other discussion topics will include programming; maintenance and security concerns; and the development of effective interpretive themes, story lines, and tours.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Fighting Falcon Military Museum, 516 W. Cass St., Greenville, MI 48838. Remote access will NOT be available.

Thursday,
October 24
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Charlotte

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 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.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Eaton County’s Museum at Courthouse Square, 100 W. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte, MI 48813. Remote access will NOT be available.

Friday,
October 25

Putting It in Print: Publishing Your History Book

with David Hilberer & Jonnie Bryant, McNaughton & Gunn
Have you wanted to produce a history book, but do not 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,
November 5
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Monroe

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 experiences.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Monroe County Museum, 126 S. Monroe St., Monroe, MI 48161. Remote access will NOT be available.

Wednesday,
November 6
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Plymouth

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.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Plymouth Historical Museum, 155 S. Main St., Plymouth, MI 48170. Remote access will NOT be available.

Thursday,
November 7
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Caseville

Fading Photos: How to Identify, Scan, 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 Maccabees Hall Museum, 6733 Prospect St., Caseville, MI 48725. Remote access will NOT be available.

Friday,
November 8

Byte-Size Collections II: Digitizing AV Documents

with Matthew Wilcox, Michigan State University
Digitization projects can sometimes seem overwhelming to small and/or volunteer-run historical organizations. The speaker will discuss audiovisual technologies and techniques and digitizing audio and moving-image collections. This workshop is geared toward historical organizations that are still in the planning stages of a digitization project and those possessing limited resources.

Friday,
November 22

Renovation SOS: Respectful Rehabilitation of Your Old House

with David Muylle, Muyelle 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,
December 6

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.

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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