History Skills Workshops®

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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.


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.

November 13
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Archives 101

with Megan Badgley-Malone, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
This workshop is designed for small organizations that struggle with how to preserve and organize archival materials in their collections. The speaker will discuss proper storage and handling of collections, basic arrangement techniques, and affordable solutions for supplies and enclosures, along with making archival materials accessible to researchers, students, and the general public.

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.

December 4
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Picture This: Digitizing Photographs 101

with Ken Hafeli, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library (Ret.)
This program covers scanners, digitizing photographs to TIFF and JPEG formats, and editing using software such as Adobe Photoshop. The presenter will also discuss scanning documents to PDF using Optical Character Recognition, which allows any part of the scanned page to be copied and become editable text.

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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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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