Cheyney Mcknight

is creating Living History
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Pledge $1 or more a month and you will have exclusive access to my work on sites through the activity feed and Patreon Lens. See what I’m cooking at the sites I’m traveling to, and what I’m doing with students. Your name will also be added to my website on the support page.
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Pledge $5 or more a month, and in addition to all the rewards in the previous tiers, I will email a digital scan of 5 to 10 pages of my notes and journal. Take a look behind the scenes at the idea phase of my programs, impressions and events. I will also be sharing my thoughts on certain subjects through a few journal entries. 

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  • A scan of my notes and selected Journal entries 
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Pledge $10 or more a month, and in addition to all the rewards in the previous tiers, you will be able to attend a monthly live periscope hangout, where you can ask all the questions you like about my experiences, research and life.
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  • Monthly live periscope hangout



About Cheyney Mcknight

Welcome! I'm a Historical Interpreter and Living Historian.  I have interpreted stories of enslavement in 26 states, 87 schools and over 45 sites.  My goal is to tell the story of enslavement throughout America in schools, museums and historical sites using my specialized programs, lectures, costuming, touch objects, hearth cooking and interpretation.  Representation of accurate portrayals of Africans in America on 18th and 19th century sites is an important step in creating and maintaining a well rounded narrative. I spend anywhere from 20 to 32 hours a week researching and sewing, 15 to 25 hours a week interpreting and lecturing, and an additional 12-20 hours a week traveling to programs and sites. This has turned into a full time job for me, and to continue my work I need the help of patrons.  

Patreon is a monthly membership that has the potential to fund all that I do. I want to go to schools and historical sites that cannot afford to pay for my travel or fee, I need to maintain and replace my historical clothing (remember I am in costume 3-5 times a week, 47 weeks out of the year and I go through socks and shifts like water), I want to increase the production value of my YouTube videos so that I can connect with wider audiences, I hope to continue learning through conferences and workshops, and I need overhead (keep the lights on and the sewing machine running).  I hope to do all this with the patronage of those who support my work?

There are many different levels of patronage from $1 to $500 a month, and as a thank you for your patronage I offer rewards at each tier.

If you are unable to become a patreon at this point remember that support comes in many different ways. My youngest supporters send me their art, but most of those who follow my work support me by just sending an encouraging message or email. It has taken a village to get me this far, and it was done through hundreds of small acts of kindness.  Thank you for all the support you all have given me throughout my career.

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When I reach 250 patrons, I will go on a 7 site meet up and lecture tour down the east coast (MA, CT, NY, DC, VA, SC, GA).
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