2014 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 below) 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.

 

Friday,
August 8

Digitizing Collections: Basic

by Portia Vescio, Michigan State University Archives
Digitization projects can seem overwhelming to small and/or volunteer-run history sites. The speaker will discuss technology and best practices associated with digitizing paper and photograph collections. A step-by-step approach for organizations with limited resources will be presented. This workshop is meant for organizations still in the planning stages of a digitization project.

Friday,
August 22

Digitizing Collections: Advanced

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

Friday,
September 5

Exploring Your Family History for Beginners

by Cynthia Grostick, Michigan Genealogical Council
This session introduces the study of family history. Participants will become familiar with basic concepts of research, including identifying and locating sources, categories of sources, and organizing information. The workshop is designed to give participants a systematic approach to researching their family history.

Friday,
September 12

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 3

Essential Communication and Marketing Skills

by Nancy Feldbush, Historical Society of Michigan
Marketing… Newsletters… Facebook… dpi… printing… PowerPoint… SEO… nowadays, you need to be a Jack-(or Jill)-of-all-trades to communicate with your visitors and members. 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, designing a newsletter/flyer, and creating text for a web page for proper search engine optimization.

Friday,
October 17

Advanced Archives

by Deborah Rice, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University
This archives workshop is designed for participants who have some experience working with archival materials and have already gained a basic understanding of archival principals. Participants will learn advanced skills in how to rehouse a variety of items, including various ephemera and scrapbooks. The speaker will also go into greater detail in terms of cataloging large collections from a single donor and creating basic finding aids.

This workshop will take place 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday,
November 7

Planning and Conducting Oral History Projects

by Representatives of the Michigan Oral History Association
Those looking to start an oral history project will not want to miss this workshop presented by representatives of the Michigan Oral History Association. The session will cover the process of identifying interviewees, developing questionnaires, and conducting interviews. A follow-up workshop will examine best practices in preserving these oral histories and making them accessible to the public.

NEW

Friday,
November 21

Preserving and Cataloging Oral History Projects

by Dean Rehberger, Michigan State University MATRIX
Completing the interviews for an oral history project is a major accomplishment, but it is not the final step by any means. Dean Rehberger is Director of MATRIX, a digital humanities center, at Michigan State University. He specializes in developing online research applications and educational resources. Participants of this workshop will understand the importance of properly cataloging and storing oral histories so that they can be accessible for future researchers. Organizations embarking on an oral history project, as well as those with boxes of old audio and video tapes, will want to attend this informative program.

NEW

Friday,
December 5

Developing Exhibit Content

by Tamara Barnes, Historical Society of Michigan
What makes an exhibit communicate successfully, and how do museums present concepts so they are relevant and compelling to visitors? For those interested in expanding their knowledge beyond exhibit fabrication, Barnes will delve into exhibit research and the development of cohesive narratives using objects and images. Organizations with changing exhibit areas are especially encouraged to attend.

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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