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.

 

Saturday,
October 23

Genealogy Fundamentals Doubleheader

This workshop is only available through remote access.

Morning: 9 a.m. to noon

Finding Your Family: Genealogy 101

with Jeff Mason, Genealogist
Genealogy can be an incredibly engaging experience 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,
October 23 

Genealogy Fundamentals 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 family tree’s branches. This workshop will go beyond the research ABCs, giving attendees the tools to find obscure sources of information, locate and identify categories of resources, organize information, and create a systematic approach to researching family histories.

Friday,
November 5
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

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,
November 12

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,
November 12

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 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

This workshop is only available through remote access.

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

This workshop is only available through remote access.

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 17
9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is only available through remote access.

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!

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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