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.


August 14

Museum Stores: Using the Past to Plan for the Future

by Mary Toshach, Historical Society of Michigan
Operating a retail operation in a small- to mid-size museum/historical society may prove daunting. In this workshop, techniques for analyzing past sales and taking a critical look at displays and merchandise will be offered. Utilization of these methods will allow a better understanding of what has and has not worked and how to improve future sales and operations. If available, bring photos of displays and merchandise to share. Time will be available for discussion and questions.

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.

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.


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.

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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