My guest on today’s Mocavo Fireside Chat was Maureen Taylor, the photo detective. We had a wonderful and exciting chat about photographs and genealogy. One of the things we talked about was her Last Muster project.
The Last Muster began more than a decade ago when someone showed her a photograph of a man who had fought in the Revolutionary War. She wondered how many others from that period were photographed. She was quickly hooked and work began on the first volume. Each book is filled with photographs and profiles of men and women from the Revolutionary War period. And now she is working on her new film project.
I wrote about Revolutionary Voices back in March, when they started their kickstarter campaign. It was incredibly successful and they raised the funds to start moving forward with filming. Over the last few months the cameras have been rolling in New York and New England, visiting the homes, places of worship, and places of burial for these individuals, as well as historical societies and libraries that have manuscript and artifact holdings of these men and women.
Those of you who have never done a film shoot will appreciate the recent blog posts by Pam Cooper. She talks about the filming they have done recently. Those of you who have never been on a shoot will find it interesting. Did you know that most of the work takes place before the cameras even appear onsite? Research has to be done, storyboards created, locations scouted and examined for appropriateness.
Read all about this process on the blog. And check back over the next few days. They will be adding video clips from the filming that I have heard are quite entertaining and informative.
The best news for the production is that they have now gotten 501 (c) 3 status through the Center for Independent Documentary. This means that from now on, anyone who donates to the production can take a tax deduction for the donation.
If you are at all interested in the Revolutionary War period, check out the Revolutionary Voices website. I guarantee you will like what you see.