We’ve added several workshops to our lineup! Take a look!

posted Jul 8, 2020

Registration for “Genealogy 101 & 201” on Saturday, August 8, is closed. Please call (800) 692-1828 for more information.

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Due to current circumstances and social distancing, all workshops will be REMOTE ACCESS ONLY until further notice.

You can enjoy the content from the comfort and safety of your home. Connecting is easy! Instructions for remote access will be e-mailed to participants in advance.

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

  • 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 closes at noon the day BEFORE the scheduled workshop.
  • If you can watch and listen to a video on YouTube or Facebook, you have all the technology you need to join us remotely.*
  • 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.

 

Saturday,
August 8

Genealogy Doubleheader

This workshop is only available through remote access.

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

This workshop is only available through remote access.

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 14
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Volunteers: Managing Your Supplemental Staff

with Danielle Baughman, Kalamazoo Air Zoo
Volunteers often form an integral part of a historical society or museum staff. Recruiting and managing volunteers pose increasing challenges in an age of working families with limited time and expertise to donate. Come learn how to attract, train, manage, and reward the people who offer to help your organization.

Friday,
August 21
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Exhibits on a Shoestring

with Tammy Barnes, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
How do historical organizations create compelling exhibits on a budget? Building professional-looking exhibits on a limited budget has become easier due to advancements in graphic design and printing technologies. The speaker will address low-cost options for designing and mounting displays. Organizations with changing exhibit areas are especially encouraged to attend.

Friday,
August 28
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

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.

Friday,
September 4
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Clothing Your Character: Historic Costuming on a Budget

with Candace Seymour Myers, Northwest Territory Alliance
Many museums and historic sites use costumed interpreters as part of their educational programs and events. A period-correct look that fits the character is essential, yet few organizations have the financial means to hire professional costumers. This workshop will help you get the right look without breaking the budget.

Friday,
September 11
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Bringing History to Life: Engaging the Public With Living History

with Claire Herhold, Western Michigan University
Living history can be a powerful tool for making connections with the past, but using it effectively is about much more than the correct number of buttons on your eighteenth-century waistcoat. In this session, you will learn techniques for researching and crafting a living history presentation and using it to engage your audience.

Saturday,
September 19

Raising Funds Doubleheader

This workshop is only available through remote access.

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

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Afternoon: 1 to 4 p.m.

Putting the Fun in Fundraising

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,
September 25
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Demystifying Museum Registration Methods

with Sarah Hume, Grand Rapids Public Museum
What numbering system should we use? Where do you write the numbers? How do you apply the numbers, and with what? What is Chenhall’s Nomenclature? If these questions sound familiar, this workshop is for you. An experienced registrar will demystify museum registration methods and help you catalog collections the right way.

Friday,
October 9
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

A Stitch in Time: Identifying and Preserving Quilts

with Marsha McDowell, Michigan State University Museum
Do you have quilts in your museum collections or ones that were handed down in your family? These unique folk art items require special care. What patterns did the quilt makers use, and what can they tell us? Learn how to identify and preserve these stitched artifacts in this workshop.

Friday,
October 23

My Old House Doubleheader

This workshop is only available through remote access.

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

This workshop is only available through remote access.

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

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Getting Seen and Being Heard: Marketing for Small History Organizations

with Nancy Feldbush, Historical Society of Michigan
Encore presentation: 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 haven’t had much practice working in that area. This workshop will offer suggestions for sprucing up your marketing efforts so your messages can get seen and be heard.

Friday,
November 20
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

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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