HSM Presents the 2011 History Skills Workshop Series

March 21, 2011

LANSING—The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) has always provided training and educational workshops as we fulfill one of our main mission areas to support local historical organizations. With the move to our new office in Lansing we now also have on-site space for educational and training events in our new Education Room.  These will compliment the ongoing workshops we do around the state and those in conjunction with our conferences.  Please join us for one or more of these training opportunities – to obtain skills you can take back and apply in your local museum, historical organization or maintaining your own collections.
If you are a personal member of HSM or represent an organization that itself is a member of the Society the cost for attending any workshop listed below is $35.  Non-members may also attend for $70 (*includes a one-year membership).  All workshops are held 9 am to noon at the HSM main office at 5815 Executive Dr., Lansing, Michigan.  To register for a workshop visit http://www.hsmichigan.org/workshops.php or call toll-free (800) 692-1828.

Friday May 20
Basic Archival Skills

Kristen Lynn Chinery, Walter Reuther Library, Wayne State University

This workshop is designed for small museums and other historical organizations that struggle with how to collect, organize, maintain and make available archival materials in their collections.  The presenter will discuss best practices in a variety of areas including donor documentation, arrangement and description issues, how to handle photographs, public access issues and much more.

Friday June 3
Basic Curatorial Skills for Small Museums and Historical Societies
Robert Myers, Berrien County Historical Association

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 is led by a professional curator.    

Friday, July 15
Marketing and Branding for Small Historical Organizations
Patricia Majher, Michigan History magazine

History museums face increasing competition not only from other museums, but from other forms of entertainment such as casinos, shopping excursions, winery tours, and more. These competitors—with their big marketing budgets—can negatively impact small museums the most. But with the thoughtful application of basic marketing rules and tools, a small museum with limited means can not only survive, but thrive in this environment.

Friday, July 29
How to Successfully Publish your History Book

Thomas Vranich, Bookability

All of the necessary steps in planning your book project, including creating financial and production goals, what material to include, how to illustrate, defining your market, developing a work-plan, and marketing the volume to the public.

Friday, September 30
Historic Books: How to Identify, Mend, Collect and Care for Valuable Volumes
Jay Platt, Westside Bookshop

Do you work with or collect old or collectable books?  This workshop will discuss how to identify valuable volumes, issues related to book collecting, storage considerations, basic mending techniques that is archivally safe, building a library, how to care for books, cataloging, and many other issues that are a special concern for historical societies, and book collectors.

Friday, September 9
Fading Photos: How to Identify, Scan, Restore & Archive Historic Photographs
Robert Meyers, Berrien County Historical Association

The Fading Photos workshop will assist small museums, historical societies, and interested collectors to both identify and preserve their historic photographs. The presenter will review basic conservation techniques for damaged images, type identification for early photographs, how to avoid deterioration of your images, storage recommendations, digital scanning for access, and how to approach cataloging issues.  There will also be plenty of time for workshop participants to ask questions and have hands-on experiences.

To register for a workshop, visit http://www.hsmichigan.org/workshops.php or call toll-free (800) 692-1828.

The Historical Society of Michigan, established in 1828, is the state’s oldest cultural organization. It helps to connect Michigan’s past to students, educators, historical organizations and the public through education programs, conferences, publications, awards, workshops, referral services, networking opportunities, and support for local history organizations.


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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