History Skills Workshops®

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All workshops will be REMOTE ACCESS ONLY until further notice.

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 $49.
  • Registration for nonmembers is $89 and includes a one-year HSM Household Membership.
  • 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 at a discount.
  • Registration closes at noon the day before the scheduled workshop.mcaca logo
  • Materials are included with your registration. Any handouts from the presenter will be sent to remote attendees.

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

 

Friday,
November 12

My Old House Doubleheader

Remote Access Only

Morning: 9 a.m. to noon

Respectful Rehabilitation of Your Historic House

with Cheri LaFlamme Szcodronski, Firefly Preservation Consulting
You can restore your old house without turning it into a museum. In this workshop, an experienced preservation historian will teach you how to renovate your own historic home—retaining its timeless beauty and taking advantage of new preservation tax credits while still making it livable for the twenty-first century.

Friday,
November 12

My Old House Doubleheader

Remote Access Only

Afternoon: 1 to 4 p.m.

If These Walls Could Talk: Researching Your Historic House

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Every house or building has a 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 19
9 a.m. to noon

Remote Access Only

Demystifying Museum Registration Methods

with Sarah Humes, 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,
December 3
9 a.m. to noon

Remote Access Only

Picture This: Digitizing Photographs

with Bryan R. Whitledge, Clarke Historical Library
Join us to learn about scanners, digitizing photographs to TIFF and JPEG formats, and editing using software such as Adobe Photoshop. The presenter will also discuss scanning documents and PDFs using Optical Character Recognition, which allows any part of the scanned page to be copied and become editable text.

Friday,
December 10
9 a.m. to noon

Remote Access Only

Using PastPerfect: Figuring Out Your Collections Software

with Christy Kincaid, Air Zoo
You bought PastPerfect—now how do you use it? The PastPerfect collections management software is popular with museums of all sizes, but it can overwhelm users with its complexities. A longtime PastPerfect user will help demystify the database and show how to get the most out of the system. Recommended for PastPerfect 5.0 users.

Friday,
December 17
9 a.m. to noon

Remote Access Only

Preparing for the Worst: Disaster Planning

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Are you prepared for a disaster in your historic house, museum, or society building? Come to learn how to prepare for disasters that affect historical organizations. The speaker will share preparation techniques you might never have thought of—one of which might save your building or collections in the future!

Friday,
January 7
9 a.m. to noon

Remote Access Only

Fading Photos: How to Identify and Archive Historical Photographs

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan
Daguerreotypes, tintypes, albumen prints, cyanotypes – how do you identify them? 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.

Friday,
January 21
9 a.m. to noon

Remote Access Only

Albums, Diaries, and Keepsakes…Oh, My! How to Preserve 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.

Friday,
February 4
9 a.m. to noon

Remote Access Only

Creating History Tours

with Kate Ulrey, Morton House Museum
Historic house tours, site tours, cemetery tours, historic district tours, tours for children or adults—all are popular but require preparation to succeed. Learn how to create successful tours, from recruiting and training guides to writing scripts, timing the tours, securing permissions from off-site locations, and deciding on fees.

Friday,
February 18

Putting It in Print Doubleheader

Remote Access Only

Morning: 9 a.m. to noon

Sharing the Tale: Publishing Your History Book

with Catherine Cocks, Michigan State University Press
Have you wanted to produce a history book, but don’t know where to begin? The presenter 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.

Friday,
February 18

Putting It in Print Doubleheader

Remote Access Only

Afternoon: 1 to 4 p.m.

Writing Your History Article

with Robert Gilles, Grand Valley State University
This workshop covers the entire process of publishing an article, from finding the right venue and sending a query letter to submitting the finished article and working with editors. Of course we’ll also talk about the writing itself: establishing a clear focus and structure, using headings effectively, citing sources smoothly and accurately, and achieving a professional level of style and polish.

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 7435 Westshire Dr., Lansing MI 48917
Email hsm@hsmichigan.org | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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