Cheyney Mcknight is creating Living History
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patrons

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.

Tiers
Otu (Member)
$1 or more per month
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.
  • Access the patron only activity feed
  • Private video content through Patreon Lens (similar to Snap Chat)
  • Name put on the Supporter Page on the NotYourMommasHistory.com
Enyi (Friend)
$5 or more per month
  

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. 

  • All the rewards above this tier
  • A scan of my notes and selected Journal entries 
Obodo (Community)
$10 or more per month
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.
  • All the rewards above this tier
  • Monthly live periscope hangout
Ezinụlọ (Family)
$15 or more per month
Pledge $15 or more a month and you will receive a physical copy of my quarterly zine Historically Write. 
  • All the rewards above this tier
  • Historically Write zine physical copy
Nwanne (Sibling)
$25 or more per month
Pledge $25 or more a month, and in addition to all the rewards in the previous tiers, you will receive a physical card for Kwanzaa, Black History Month and Juneteenth from me. I hope to share with you how I celebrate these important holidays.


  • All the rewards above this tier
  • I will send physical Holiday Cards for Kwanza, Black History Month and Juneteenth
Onye Nkwado (Sponsor)
$50 or more per month
 Pledge $50 or more a month, and in addition to all the rewards in the previous tiers, you will receive a historical reproduction accompanied by a handwritten note from me, interpreting the item. These reproductions will be sent to you 4 times a year. 


  • All the rewards above this tier
  • Reproduction/Touch object with handwritten note sent to you in March, June, September and December
Mmụọ Ozi (Angel)
$500 or more per month
If you open up your wallet to pledge $500 a month you will receive all the rewards in the previous tiers, and a Christmas Care Package with all my favorite items from the past year. This is a most generous pledge, and it has the potential to impact my work in big ways. You will be able to set up a yearly face to face meet up in person. This meetup is for you to see the huge impact your pledge has made on me and all the people I interact with. 


  • All the rewards above this tier
  • Reproduction/Touch object with handwritten note sent to you in March, June, September and December
Goals
80 of 250 patrons
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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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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Tiers
Otu (Member)
$1 or more per month
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.
  • Access the patron only activity feed
  • Private video content through Patreon Lens (similar to Snap Chat)
  • Name put on the Supporter Page on the NotYourMommasHistory.com
Enyi (Friend)
$5 or more per month
  

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. 

  • All the rewards above this tier
  • A scan of my notes and selected Journal entries 
Obodo (Community)
$10 or more per month
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.
  • All the rewards above this tier
  • Monthly live periscope hangout
Ezinụlọ (Family)
$15 or more per month
Pledge $15 or more a month and you will receive a physical copy of my quarterly zine Historically Write. 
  • All the rewards above this tier
  • Historically Write zine physical copy
Nwanne (Sibling)
$25 or more per month
Pledge $25 or more a month, and in addition to all the rewards in the previous tiers, you will receive a physical card for Kwanzaa, Black History Month and Juneteenth from me. I hope to share with you how I celebrate these important holidays.


  • All the rewards above this tier
  • I will send physical Holiday Cards for Kwanza, Black History Month and Juneteenth
Onye Nkwado (Sponsor)
$50 or more per month
 Pledge $50 or more a month, and in addition to all the rewards in the previous tiers, you will receive a historical reproduction accompanied by a handwritten note from me, interpreting the item. These reproductions will be sent to you 4 times a year. 


  • All the rewards above this tier
  • Reproduction/Touch object with handwritten note sent to you in March, June, September and December
Mmụọ Ozi (Angel)
$500 or more per month
If you open up your wallet to pledge $500 a month you will receive all the rewards in the previous tiers, and a Christmas Care Package with all my favorite items from the past year. This is a most generous pledge, and it has the potential to impact my work in big ways. You will be able to set up a yearly face to face meet up in person. This meetup is for you to see the huge impact your pledge has made on me and all the people I interact with. 


  • All the rewards above this tier
  • Reproduction/Touch object with handwritten note sent to you in March, June, September and December