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A 12-year old girl makes family connections with Michigan History and art. Setting: Munising, MI; Pictured Rocks Nat'l Lakeshore.

History CPR "Cultivate-Preserve-Read!" and Haylee's Treasure are about a special place in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan called Munising.  History CPR brings "to life" the history, art, music and natural areas that are special to Michigan.  With the money we raise from your pledge we will:

  • Print the first book called “Haylee’s Treasure” set in Munising, Michigan.
  • Launch History CPR's artist-in-the-schools program bringing discussions, reading, writing and learning through books, history, art and nature to kids.  
  • Promote the History CPR artists.
  • Trademark the name History CPR.
  • Begin development of a second book called “Hunter’s Quest” set in Kalamazoo.
  • Meet with children in the Detroit area to research a story in Southeast Michigan.
  • Explore new locations and cultivate historical artifacts in communities that wish to preserve local history through children's literature.

Haylee's Treasure, a work of historical fiction promotes hands-on experiential learning that supplements the Michigan education standards in and out of the classroom.  

Haylee's Treasure engages kids by welcoming them to take part in the creation of stories, characters, and the art and design of History CPR children's books.  

Outside of Michigan the History CPR series invites young readers to investigate their own history, nature, and local art and to share this by "writing to Haylee".

Does the vision of providing children an opportunity to engage with local artists and authors in developing books, based on their local history, sound appealing to you?  Do you want to help share Michigan gems, like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with those who've never heard about them?  If so, we want to share the rewards of this project with you.  Thanks for ANY level of support - even $1 can make a difference!

FAQ

  • Whooooosh went the engines of the plane as we flew over Lake Michigan. My name is Haylee and I’m sitting next to Andrew Dale. He’s a small airplane pilot, but on weekends he’s my Dad. Mostly, he flies other people around the country. Today, it’s just me and we’re flying to Michigan. Sound exciting? It’s my first flight, but I’m not sure about our destination. Even if we do visit Grammy and Poppop, the truth is that my friends are going to cool places while I’m stuck in “the UP” for summer break. Mom is nuts about Munising’s water, woods, and a wooden bowl made there hundred years ago. I think we’ll be bored to tears but, I could use some company. Want to come along?

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  • · When I was developing the relationship in the story, between Haylee and her Grandparents, I drew from my own memories of my grandparents. In remembering our best times, I knew I wanted artists to interact with kids through this book. Subsequently, I started to see that Michigan had an outstanding wealth of fine artists. For the book, we had only 1-piece that we needed to pull from out-of-state. When Stephanie drew the first art piece into the book's illustrations, I was certain that a craft guild would be giving kids a very unique opportunity to meet artists from all over Michigan and across the U.S

    · Through the History CPR art guild kids get to learn about artists and their handmade pieces in a remarkable new way. History CPR invites artists to nominate themselves or other artists who:

    · Believe in art programming for kids and

    · who support the themes of: family, historical preservation, getting outdoors and into nature and, reading.

    · Through the classroom presentations, we would like to have students observe art and learn about working artists in their own communities. We would like children to nominate artists who they would like to see in the History CPR book series.

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  • Haylee's Treasure brings people to places they may not know about, like the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, U.S.A. History CPR introduces historical locations and people while inspiring the explorer, historian, or collector in readers young and old. In this series, readers learn together with artists and writers as they create stories around local, regional and national history. History CPR invites readers to find new historical artifacts and future settings for the next History CPR adventure?

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  • Hoots of Barred owls, visions of the garden, and descriptions of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with it's lichen covered rocks and mossy trails are a few of the visual and audio places that Haylee brings the young reader.

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  • The author has personally invested $6000 in the first book, craft guild, and website. With only needs a few thousand dollars remaining to see Haylee’s Treasure published and in the hands of children. With your backing History CPR could take this book series to kids in other parts of Michigan. In order to do this, we need to raise an additional $2000.00 beyond our goal; since our goal includes the cost of providing the incredible rewards that we know History CPR backers are going to be delighted with!

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  • It's a sticker that goes in the front cover of the book. Where the owner of the book can add their name in a "Belongs to" space.

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  • Traditional press may accept a local author. However, it would be unlikely in this case. Most regional publishers would probably shun the unconventional partnership that we have created in this series with Independent regional artists. Traditional publishers don't usually enjoy working with untested writers and illustrators, let alone a whole new concept, such as "Artwork on display in the illustrations of the book!" I know, to many Yoopers this is brave idea and you appreciate inventive new designs. Yet, to publishers, it probably doesn't sound very great until it works! Also, from my research, regional presses may pick-up locally books but, it can mean a variety of concessions for the author. Even the illustrator won't be the choice of the author. In my vision for this book, I wanted someone who knew and loved the Upper Peninsula; also, we ultimately received an NMU graduate, so that's even better! In light of all of this, I wanted the History CPR book series and craft guild to have the best possible beginnings. So, we're taking a page out of the Yooper Handbook: Independent, Tough, and Collaborative! I believe we're executing this project the "Yooper way" at least, those were the ways that Yoopers taught me how to solve my everyday problems.

    For those who feel that what I'm saying may be filled with tendentiousness, please consider: I sat with twelve different authors, some published by a traditional publishing house, and others self-published. After consulting them, I felt that self-publishing would be a more reasonable method for an unknown and untried team i.e. author/illustrator, and craft guild. Thanks for the interest and support. I greatly appreciate your comments! I will post this on the Kickstarter website in case anyone else could be asking these same questions. -Mara MacKay, Haylee’s Treasure-Author

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    1-color image from "Haylee's Treasure" collection; also, signed by Illustrator, Stephanie Bajema and Author, Mara MacKay.

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    Receive a 15-line poem created by Haylee’s Treasure Author, Mara MacKay. Your poem can be about anything. Examples: a child, your partner, a special location, or your pet, etc. Poems will be emailed and can be sent along to a loved one, if desired.

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    Receive a copy of Haylee’s Treasure, a handmade birch bark card with a personal thank you note from a History CPR author, artist or workshop participant.

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    Receive a copy of Haylee’s Treasure and a set of 12-Michigan Bird ornaments ( created by illustrator, Stephanie Bajema as featured in Haylee’s Treasure.

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    JUST WANT BOOKS! Get three signed-copies of Haylee's Treasure!

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    1-handmade kaleidoscope by History CPR craft guild artist: Steve Massman - this is an exceptional piece; also, makes a great gift or desktop novelty. Plus, two copies of the book "Haylee's Treasure" will be sent in your name, to any elementary or middle school, maybe for your child, grandchild, or to your own elementary alumni. You decide! Ships to 1 or 2 addresses in the lower 48 (outside continental U.S., please include additional postage).

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    Receive a copy of Haylee’s Treasure, a handmade felted loon on denim bag created by History CPR artists. Your name, business or organization will appear on a bookmark as a Bronze Level supporter. Bookmarks will be included with every 1st edition copy of Haylee’s Treasure. Links to handmade stuff: http://www.historycpr.com/HCPR-Craft-Guild.html

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    Receive a copy of Haylee’s Treasure, 1-handmade wooden kaleidoscope made by Steve Massman, a handmade felted loon on denim bag, a set of 12-color illustrated cards by Stephanie Bajema and your business or organization will appear on a bookmark as a Silver Level Supporter which will be included in all 1st edition copies of Haylee’s Treasure. Links to Handmade Stuff: http://www.historycpr.com/HCPR-Craft-Guild.html http://www.massmans.org/zen/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=86_95&products_id=637

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    Receive a copy of Haylee’s Treasure, a handmade “Urban Chick Series” pendant created by History CPR craft guild member, Beth Millner. Also, you will receive 1-handmade tri-color, wood kaleidoscope, and a set of 12-color illustrated cards by Stephanie Bajema from the Haylee’s Treasure book collection, and your name, business or organization will appear on a bookmark as a Gold Level Supporter which will be included in all 1st edition copies of Haylee’s Treasure. Links to Handmade Stuff or go to websites at bottom of this page: http://www.historycpr.com/HCPR-Craft-Guild.html

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    Send 50 books to any school in the United States! You or your business could send books to your child’s classroom, library, Scout troop or any combination—you decide! Treat a special niece, nephew or a grandchild with books for their entire grade level. Shipping charges included for up to five addresses. You receive: a copy of Haylee’s Treasure and a “Round Leafy Silver Tree” pendant created by History CPR craft guild member, Beth Millner. Your name will appear on a book mark that will be included in every 1st edition Haylee’s Treasure book, as a "Michigan Gemstone" supporter. Do you live within 100 miles of Kalamazoo? If yes, keep reading... **BONUS:** If your school or recipient group is located within 100 miles of Kalamazoo, Michigan you can opt to have your books delivered by the author and shipping charges can be replaced by four 50-90 minute author presentations at your school or library. In addition, your designated school or group will receive an adult meet-and-greet with the author. This will be offered to teachers/staff, PTO or board members at your school. Links to Handmade Stuff: http://www.etsy.com/search/handmade/jewelry/pendant?search_submit=&q=beth+millner&noautofacet=1&page=2

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    Your name or business will be featured on a bookplate in 30 History CPR books of Haylee’s Treasure. Books will be given to a classroom in your name. Classroom(s) within the Lower or Upper Peninsula receive six 50-90 minute presentations including a craft activity (materials included) with no additional speaking or travel fees for the school. Your designated school or group will receive an adult meet-and-greet with the author. This can be offered to teachers/staff, PTO or board members, etc. after school or during their lunch hour. Your name, business or organization will be featured in a future History CPR book as a "Warm Mitten Sponsor" or on a bookmark in the first-edition book, Haylee's Treasure-you decide.

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    Your name or business will be featured on a bookplate in 60 History CPR books. Books will be provided for 2-3 classrooms of students in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan who will enjoy eight 50-90 minute presentations including a hands-on activity and no additional speaking or travel fees for the U.P. school. You receive a digital copy of a photo slideshow documenting the development and creation of the second book, including highlights of the classroom presentation. Also, you receive: Loon on Denim Bag, Trio of Beth Millner pieces: 1-Copper Robin Pendant, 1-Round Leafy Silver Tree pendant and 1-Urban Chick Pendant, and 1-wooden kaleidoscope by Steve Massman. Your name will be featured in the second book, 1st edition “Hunter’s Quest” as an "Above the Bridge Sponsor"! Links to Handmade Stuff: http://www.massmans.org/zen/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=86_95&products_id=637 http://www.etsy.com/search/handmade/jewelry/pendant?search_submit=&q=beth+millner&noautofacet=1&page=2 http://www.historycpr.com/HCPR-Craft-Guild.html

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    Provide 100 Haylee’s Treasure books for any Michigan classroom or community group and four books to any public library. Ten 50-minute workshops will be provided to a school or community in your name. One designated community receives two book signing events and one adult or child writing activity (90-minutes). You receive a digital copy of a photo slideshow documenting the development of the second book, including highlights from classroom presentations. You receive one custom painting from illustrator, Stephanie Bajema, a loon on denim bag, a Trio of Beth Millner pieces: 1-Copper Robin Pendant, 1-Round Leafy Silver Tree pendant and 1-Urban Chick Pendant and 1-wooden kaleidoscope by Steve Massman. Your name appears on bookmarks as a "Michigan Legacy Sponsor" in all 1st edition copies of Haylee's Treasure. Links to Handmade Stuff: http://www.massmans.org/zen/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=86_95&products_id=637 http://www.etsy.com/search/handmade/jewelry/pendant?search_submit=&q=beth+millner&noautofacet=1&page=2 http://www.historycpr.com/HCPR-Craft-Guild.html

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