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Revolutionary War Images Bring Photo Identification Expert & Author Maureen Taylor To SAR

Internationally known photo identification expert Maureen Taylor will address SAR members and conduct an education program for area students in March during her visit to Louisville, Kentucky.  Taylor has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s The View, and NPR. She travels extensively giving presentations on photo identification, photo preservation, and family history. On Friday, March 11, at the SAR Leadership banquet she will share with SAR members her latest book The Last Muster-Images of the Revolutionary War Generation. This collection of rare nineteenth-century photographic images includes daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and carte des visite paper photographs of the Revolutionary War generation.


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“I wondered if it was possible to use photographic and documentary evidence to re-create the first generation of Americans – those men, women, and children bound together by having lived during the Revolutionary War...” remarked Maureen Taylor. Taylor succeeds in updating and supplementing research last collected and published over a century ago. The collection of images assigns faces to the war and brings to life the stories of our founding fathers and mothers. Exhaustive primary source research is required to date and identify each image. Through Taylor’s work as a curator and collector, she investigates the stories and genealogy of each subject.
Signed copies of The Last Muster will be available for $45.00 during Leadership weekend. Advance orders can be placed by contacting Colleen Wilson, Acting Director of The Center for Advancing America’s Heritage at cwilsonatsar [dot] org.
Do you have a mystery image in your photo collection? SAR members can schedule private consultations with Taylor to evaluate up to three photographs on Thursday, March 10, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm or Friday, March 11, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. To reserve a 15-minute consultation, interested members are asked to register online at A $30.00 fee is payable by credit card online or by cash or check on the day of the consult. 
Maureen Taylor will be The Center for Advancing America’s Heritage first educational speaker in 2011. Her dynamic, interactive seminars on photographs, genealogy, and history have received outstanding reviews from the professional community. During the day on Friday she will be conducting a program for high school and college students. The program’s objectives will focus on the visual arts, photography, and conservation, as well as the history of our historical time period. Attendance will be by reservation only, and if space allows, open to other genealogical societies’ members.
“It is the intention of The Center to develop and implement a series of speakers who will address a diverse audience of ages, community organizations, and educational levels that demonstrate our outreach commitment in support of civic education,” stated Acting Director for The Center for Advancing America’s Heritage, Colleen Wilson. “It is important to educate our communities about the role history plays in each element of our heritage whether it be family, art, literacy, graphic arts, social and cultural fields.”
Taylor is busy working on a second volume of The Last Muster. She encourages SAR members to bring images of their Revolutionary War ancestor with them in March.