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 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 [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.


November 4

Taking Oral Histories One Step Further

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. 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.

November 18

Historic Books: How to Identify, Mend, Collect, and Care for Valuable Volumes

by Jay Platt, West Side Book Shop
Do you work with or collect old or collectible books? This workshop will discuss how to identify valuable volumes, care for and catalog books, and build a library. It will also cover storage considerations, basic mending techniques that are archival safe, and issues related to book collecting.

December 2

Exhibits on a Shoestring

by Tammy Barnes, Tibbits Opera House
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, the speaker 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


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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