History Books | Workshops

Thinking about putting a history book together but are unsure of how to start? Love history and want to learn more? This is the workshop for you! Spend the day with us to answer these questions and many more.

Upcoming Workshops: Canceled

If you would like to keep up to date with our upcoming workshops please visit the Contact Us page and send us a message.

Winnipeg History Book Workshop

When: Wednesday September 19th |  Registration begins at 9:00AM, presentations start at 9:30 and the day will end around 2:30pm.

Where: FortWhyte Alive – Lakeside Meeting Room. 1961 McCreary Road, Winnipeg, MB – map

Thinking about putting a history book together but are unsure of how to start? Love history and want to learn more? This is the workshop for you! Spend the day with us to answer these questions!

Lunch, coffee breaks, are included in the registration fee.

Register in Advance: $25/person – Registration Deadline Friday, September 8th
Space is limited so register soon to reserve your spot.
Friesens reserves the right to cancel this event, you will be notified if the event status changes.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gordon Goldsborough

Topics we will cover:

  • How to get started
  • How to conduct interviews
  • Fundraising tips
  • The uses of local history research
  • Using archives and other offline resources
  • The best online resources for historical research
  • Organizing research materials for presentations and publications

Questions – call us at 1.888.324.9725 ext 103 to speak to Carey Kehler or drop us a line at historyinfo@friesens.com!

Workshop Registration

Please fill out ONE registration form per committee/group.

The registration for the workshop has been closed and unfortunately, due to lack of interest, it has been canceled.

Here are a few reviews from past attendees:

Attending the History Book Workshop last fall was an excellent experience. They covered all the basics and considerations that need to go into the planning and execution of quality history books. We really appreciated the take away materials that were provided at the course. This workshop came in handy for our municipality as we are undertaking a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet to celebrate the service of our Municipal Volunteer Fire Department. There was a lot of information covered during the workshop and I keep referring to the “Information Binder” often. You will not be disappointed taking a day out of your schedule for this informative and delightful workshop. – Lesley Gaudry, M.A.E.S. Community Economic Development Officer Rural Municipality of Ritchot
The presenter, Gordon Goldsborough, was a goldmine of information, ideas, and suggestions, and told very interesting stories. Probably most valuable was the many Web sites he was familiar with and recommended for various types of research. I was really pleased with the booklet that had been prepared summarizing the program and listing all the sources we could access. Another component of the workshop that I valued was meeting other history-book writers and hearing about their experiences with the process. Carey and Lynda from Friesens were excellent hosts. The whole day was most gratifying! – Lois Braun
My experience with Friesen’s started in 1971 as editor of our high school yearbook. Now I am volunteering with our McCreary History book committee and had the privilege of attending a history book workshop last fall. This was the best experience and so helpful for our committee. The speakers were experts in their fields and the handbook has been a great asset for planning. The steps for developing a history book are all laid out for you. I recommend that as many people from your committee attend as this is a great way to start off on this journey to preserve history. – Pam Little MHBC
I attended a workshop this fall that I thoroughly enjoyed. The session led by Dr. Gordon Goldsboro was entertaining and informative.  In addition the handout folder gave clear and step by step outline re the various sources that researchers could access. It was time well spent. – Albert Falk
In support of the preparation of a history book for our cottage area, I was fortunate to have been able to attend a History Book Workshop this summer hosted by Friesens Printers. The day long session was most informative on the ways and means to put together a community’s history book. In particular, the presentation by Dr. Gordon Goldsborough provided valuable research tips and guidance towards online resources. Whether you are starting your first history book, or updating an existing one, I recommend that you take advantage of this Workshop. – Garry Bolton, Minaki History Society