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History Skills Workshops®

Training opportunities for historical organizations and interested history advocates to advance their skills.

Hone your skills with our educational workshops

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Learn more about a particular topic or hone a skill from experts in different historical fields

Our History Skills Workshops® are training opportunities for historical organizations and interested history advocates to gain skills that can be applied in museums, organizations, and personal collections. Check out our list of upcoming workshops and learn more about our program below.

Or call (800) 692-1828

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A Benefit of Membership

Did you know that HSM members receive discounts on all of our programs, including History Skills Workshops? Get the most out of your learning experience and save with one of our popular membership plans. And it's not just discounts—in addition to savings on all of our workshops, members also receive our two magazines and other benefits and perks. 


  • Workshops are $49 for members and $89 for nonmembers (price includes a one-year HSM membership)
  • Doubleheaders offer a pair of morning and afternoon workshops of a similar theme, or you can register for the individual workshops
  • Workshops will be virtual until further notice
  • Registration closes the day prior to the workshop. "Walk-ins" are welcome to register by calling (800) 692-1828
  • Instructions for joining the virtual meeting (and any handouts) will be sent to registered attendees one day prior to the scheduled workshop
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Upcoming Workshops

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Archives 101



Designed for small organizations that struggle with how to preserve and organize archival materials in their collections, this workshop reviews proper storage and handling of collections, basic arrangement techniques, and affordable solutions for supplies and enclosures. The session will also address how to organize materials to make them accessible to researchers.

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Sharing the Tale: Publishing Your History Book



Have you wanted to produce a history book, but don’t know where to begin? Join this workshop presenter who will take you through all the steps of creating a book, including defining the scope, researching and writing, defining the market, pitching to publishers, printing, and marketing the volume to the public.

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Rising History: Historic Breadmaking



Join us for a hands-on workshop exploring the different ingredients and techniques used to make bread throughout history. Learn about heritage grains, milling, sifting, and rising agents while mixing your own dough! Each participant will make a dough common to Michigan 200 years ago to take home and bake.

Note: This workshop is in-person only.

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Historic Home DIY: Practical Window Restoration



Looking to breathing new life into old windows? This hands-on workshop will take you through all the steps of restoring old house windows to their original condition, from stripping paint to re-glazing to the final finish. Learn everything from the basics to the little tricks that will make your home’s window sashes good for another century, as well as more environmentally friendly.

Note: This workshop is in-person only at our offices in Lansing, Michigan.

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Get the most out of Michigan's history

If you're considering attending one of our workshops, or have participated in a previous one, we encourage you to check out our HSM membership program. With significant discounts to all of our workshops and events, the membership is a great way to save and enjoy all of our additional history content. All HSM members receive event discounts, free access to weekly History Hounds® live lectures and previously recorded lectures, both Michigan History and Chronicle magazines, and more. 


We'd love to help! Reach out to our HSM staff today at or by calling us at (517) 324-1828.