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 Meijer Education Center at the Historical Society of Michigan, 5815 Executive Dr., 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 non-members 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, through Zoom Video Communications and will be able to interact with the speaker and other attendees.* (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.
*For full interaction, microphone and webcam are required on your device. Instructions on how to remote-in to the workshop will be sent to attendees.

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

 

Friday,
January 25

Preparing for the Worst: Disaster Planning for Historical Organizations

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,
February 15

Telling the Tale: Jump-Starting Your Historical Writing Project

with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Journalist, Essayist, Educator
Jump-start your memoir or historical writing project. If you have been meaning to write, either for publication or for your grandchildren, but are having difficulty getting started, why not start here, one sentence at time? Come to learn short writing exercises, tips and tricks, and more to overcome barriers to writing.

Friday,
March 8

 

This special Archives 101 workshop is being sponsored by the Michigan State Historical Records Advisory Board (MSHRAB) and its Save Michigan History program.

Archives 101

with Mark Harvey, State Archives of Michigan

Go to the Archives 101 registration form.

Designed for small organizations that struggle with how to preserve and organize archival materials in their collections, this workshop reviews proper storage and handling of collections, basic arrangement techniques, and affordable solutions for supplies and enclosures. The session will also address how to organize materials to make them accessible to researchers.

This special Archives 101 workshop is being sponsored by the Michigan State Historical Records Advisory Board (MSHRAB) and its Save Michigan History program. The MSHRAB is covering the registration costs for ONE person from an eligible historical organization to attend. Attendees must represent a historical organization in Michigan and only ONE person may attend from the organization. Additional representatives will be waitlisted until a few days before the workshop. If space is available, additional people will be cleared to attend, but they must pay the regular workshop fee. An eligible historical organization is one that has archival collections it manages and needs training assistance to further its efforts to preserve its collections. Attendance is limited to 30 individuals.

Tuesday,
March 12
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Cassopolis

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 experience.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Cass District Library Local History Branch, 145 N Broadway St., Cassopolis, Michigan 49031. Remote access will NOT be available.

Wednesday,
March 13
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Ada

Archives 101

with Sharon Carlson, Western Michigan University
Designed for small organizations that struggle with how to preserve and organize archival materials in their collections, this workshop reviews proper storage and handling of collections, basic arrangement techniques, and affordable solutions for supplies and enclosures. The session will also address how to organize materials to make them accessible to researchers.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Ada Historical Museum, 7144 Headley St. SE, Ada, MI 49301. Remote access will NOT be available.

Thursday,
March 14
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Eaton Rapids

Fading Photos: Identifying and Preserving 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 Michigan’s GAR Memorial Hall & Museum, 224 S Main St., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. Remote access will NOT be available.

Friday,
March 29

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. Led by a professional curator with decades of experiences, this workshop addresses a wide variety of storage, preservation, cataloging, and legal issues.

Friday,
April 12

Putting the “Fun” in Fund-Raising

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,
May 3

Making the List: Nominating a Building to the State and/or National Register of Historic Places

with Kristine Kidorf, Kidorf Preservation Consulting, and Heather Lehman, Michigan History Center
What are the State and National Registers of Historic Places? How does a property qualify? What are the benefits of a listing on the registers? What is the research and nomination process? Learn the ins and outs of getting a property listed on the State or National Register of Historic Places.

Friday,
May 17

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. Attendees will understand the significance of properly cataloging and storing oral histories. This workshop is perfect for organizations embarking on an oral history project and those with boxes of old tapes.

Tuesday,
May 21
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Mackinaw City

Putting the “Fun” in Fund-Raising

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.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Heritage Village at Mackinaw, 1425 West Central Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI 49701. Remote access will NOT be available.

Wednesday,
May 22
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Manistique

Putting the “Fun” in Fund-Raising

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.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Schoolcraft County Historical Society, 210 Lake St., Manistique, MI 49854. Remote access will NOT be available.

Thursday,
May 23
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Baraga

Putting the “Fun” in Fund-Raising

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.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Baraga County Historical Museum, 803 Us Highway 41 S, Baraga, MI 49908. Remote access will NOT be available.

Wednesday,
May 29
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Shelby Township

Putting the “Fun” in Fund-Raising

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.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Packard Motor Car Foundation, 49965 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township, MI 48317. Remote access will NOT be available.

Thursday,
May 30
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Milford

Putting the “Fun” in Fund-Raising

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.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Milford Historical Society, 124 E Commerce St., Milford, MI 48381. Remote access will NOT be available.

Friday,
May 31
1-4 p.m.

Special
Off-Site
Workshop
in
Manchester

Putting the “Fun” in Fund-Raising

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.

Please Note: This workshop will take place at the Manchester Area Historical Museum, 302 E. Main St., Manchester, MI 48158. Remote access will NOT be available.

Friday,
June 7

Acting 101: Playing Your Part

with Candace Seymour Myers, Independent Theatre Director
Your clothing and equipment are spot-on. You have the ideal setting. You even have a period-correct hairstyle. But, when you talk to the public, you are pure twenty-first century. In this workshop, a trained actor/director will help you develop a convincing portrayal to bring your historical persona to life.

Friday,
June 21

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Portraying the Challenging Side of History

with Brian Egen, The Henry Ford
Historical presenters try to depict all sides of history but sometimes run afoul of twenty-first-century sensibilities. This session addresses the understanding and misunderstanding of uncomfortable portrayals of the past and ways to cope with negative reactions, using the speaker’s experience presenting on sensitive topics at The Henry Ford as examples.

Friday,
July 12

Keeping It Organized: Collections Registration and Cataloging

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,
July 26

Archives 201

with Alexandra Orchard, Wayne State University
This workshop is designed for participants who have some experience working with archival materials and have already gained a basic understanding of archival principles. Participants will learn advanced skills in arrangement and description methods of physical collections and in management and delivery of both physical and digital materials.

Friday,
August 16

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 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.

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

Keeping Cemeteries Alive! Preserving Headstones and Monuments

with David Carter, Carter’s Cemetery Preservation
Cemeteries contain an abundance of historical information, but those stories can be lost if the cemetery is in disarray. The speaker will discuss the importance of preserving, maintaining, and enhancing cemeteries. Participants will learn how to establish a “friend group” for preservation and relationships with agencies for the purpose of maintenance.

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.

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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