History Skills Workshops

register for a workshopThese 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 HSM Main Office at 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 [Basic] membership.
  • Refreshments and materials are included with your registration. Lunch is on your own.

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

 

NEW

Friday,
May 15

Bringing History to Life: Creating Crowd-Pleasing Living History Events

by Elizabeth Kerstens and Heidi Nielsen, Plymouth Historical Museum
This workshop is designed to be a step-by-step detailed description of how to research, create, and put on living history events. The speakers will discuss their experiences with a Cemetery Walk, Ghost Walk, and A Night at the Museum Party. They will show examples of successful living history events. This engaging workshop will allow participants to ask questions on how to effectively put this information into practice.

Friday,
May 29

Volunteer Recruitment and Management

by Emily Fijol, Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame
Recruiting and managing volunteers is an essential activity for most historical organizations, but can be difficult to maintain and grow. This workshop will address approaches to finding and matching volunteers to areas of work that they can excel in and enjoy. The speaker will also review management techniques and appreciation activities for volunteers.

NEW

Friday,
June 12

Printed Marketing

by Nancy Feldbush, Historical Society of Michigan
Marketing… Newsletters… dpi… printing… press releases… cmyk… nowadays, you need to be a Jack-(or Jill)-of-all-trades to communicate with your visitors and members through print. It can be daunting, especially if you haven’t had much practice working in that area. This “crash course” will touch upon a little bit of everything in the marketing and communications fields. Hands-on activities will include writing a press release, working on a newsletter, and creating a flyer for an event.

Friday,
July 10

Copyright Issues for Historic Collections

by Julia Frankosky and Megan Malone, MSU Libraries
Unsure of how to protect your historic images online? Need help developing usage policies? These are just a couple of topics that will be explored in this informative presentation. Speaking from the perspective of historical collections, the two presenters will highlight the parts of copyright law that are especially important to small institutions.

Friday,
July 24

How to Successfully Publish Your History Book

by 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,
August 14

Museum Stores: Using the Past to Plan for the Future

by Mary Toshach, Historical Society of Michigan
Description coming soon.

Friday,
September 11

Advanced Digitizing of Collections

by Portia Vescio, Michigan State University Archives
This workshop has been developed for participants who have either taken the basic digitization workshop, or who are working with organizations already involved with a digitization project. Topics will include standards, equipment, metadata, and sources.

Friday,
October 2

Basic Archives

by Kristen Chinery, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University
Designed for small organizations that struggle with how to preserve and organize archival materials in their collections, this workshop will discuss proper storage and handling of collections, basic arrangement techniques, and affordable solutions for supplies and enclosures.

NEW

Friday,
October 23

Online Marketing

by Nancy Feldbush, Historical Society of Michigan
Marketing… Facebook… websites… PowerPoint… SEO… nowadays, you need to be a Jack-(or Jill)-of-all-trades to communicate with your visitors and members digitally. It can be daunting, especially if you haven’t had much practice working in that area. This “crash course” will touch upon a little bit of everything in the marketing and communications fields. Hands-on activities will include creating text for a web page for proper search engine optimization, creating Facebook posts, and sending e-mail blasts and eNewsletters.

Friday,
November 13

Advanced Archives

by Deborah Rice, Walter P. Reuther Library, 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 handling a variety of items and making them accessible. Rice will provide details on arrangement and description methods of physical collections, from large to small, while touching on management and delivery of both physical and digital materials.

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 5815 Executive Drive Lansing, MI 48911
Email hsm@hsmichigan.org | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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