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Maureen Taylor to Speak at NEHGS on The Last Muster

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NEHGS is pleased to welcome guest speaker Maureen Taylor, who will present on her latest publication, The Last Muster.

A remarkable work of documentary history, The Last Muster is a collection of rare nineteenth-century photographic images primarily daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and carte des visite paper photographs of the Revolutionary War generation. This extraordinary collection of images assigns faces to an un-illustrated war and tells the stories of our nation’s founding fathers and mothers, updating and supplementing research last collected and published over a century ago.

In her comprehensive introduction, author Maureen Taylor explains how she came to this project and collected the images. She also describes her exhaustive primary source research involved in dating and identifying each image and investigating the story and genealogy of each subject. The array of seventy images is expansive and includes veterans, loyalists, Native Americans, African Americans, children who witnessed battles and aided soldiers, and women who nursed the wounded and even took up arms themselves. Although the faces that gaze at the reader are old and wizened, the stories they tell are of youthful bravery in the young days of the republic.

About the Speaker: Maureen Taylor is an internationally known expert on photo identification. She travels extensively giving presentations on photo identification, photo preservation, and family history. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and on NBCs Today Show, ABCs The View, and NPR.

Maureen will be at the Society on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public

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