|Photo of Mara MacKay, courtesy of same.|
Mara MacKay: To receive this award has been humbling and to have accepted it on behalf of the community of Munising is a privilege since so many vendors, teachers, historians, naturalists, caring individuals and book lovers have graciously supported the History CPR project and Haylee’s Treasure! While this award recognizes Haylee’s Treasure as an outstanding publication, the award also honors the memory of those who worked at the factory and those who preserved the stories that attached to the remarkable history created in every bowl and clothespin, and every tent spike that went to support the efforts of WWII soldiers serving at that time.
Ms. Librarian: Are you originally from the U.P. (Upper Peninsula of Michigan)?
Ms. MacKay: Originally, I grew up in Minnesota. I was born and raised on a lake, in a summertime “cottage community” where fishing, skiing, and gardening were major pastimes. My childhood home in Minnesota was located between two lakes that joined at the Dead River in central Minnesota. During those Minnesota summers, my dad ran a seasonal bait and tackle shop, tree service, and gas station. All of my memories of time spent with my dad were in the "off-season" while summers were spent dipping up minnows for anglers and serving the customers ice cream cones. When I first arrived in the U.P. people in Munising reminded me of my childhood, and the neighbors and people I grew up with in Minnesota. Yoopers can often be resourceful, independent, and frequently have a good bit of character which gave me joy, comfort and a desire to put down roots in Michigan.
Ms. Librarian: What inspired you to write Haylee's Treasure?
Ms. MacKay: After moving to Michigan, I learned that my ancestors came from Europe (Czechoslovakia) to Hart, Michigan. On that side of my family tree, my grandmother (an artist who raised me for a good part of my childhood) gave me a bowl from Munising, Michigan. The bowl was an original and simple, unpainted wooden Munising bowl. It came in a box of items that she left for me when she passed away in 1994. It took 10 years for me to grieve her loss. Eventually, I opened the box, went through the items and became interested in the Munising bowl. Subsequently, I began to research the origin of the bowl and came to Munising for 5 days in 2005.
Ms. Librarian: What is the History CPR project?
Ms. Librarian: Could you tell me about the art selection process?
|Copper robin's necklace,|
featured in Haylee's Treasure
and available for sale
During the second round of voting the top five pieces in each category are shipped to the CRAFT PRIZE team and I carefully take the art pieces around the State and let kids see and touch the final pieces as they cast their final votes.
Ms. Librarian: How else can readers participate in the creative process?
Ms. Librarian: You mentioned a sequel. What can you tell me about it?
Ms. Librarian: Thank you so very much!
I hope you've enjoyed the interview and learning all the neat stuff about Haylee's Treasure!