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Book discussion at Langworthy this Sunday

March 16, 2011

Maureen Taylor

HOPE VALLEY -- Maureen Taylor will return to town on Sunday, March 20, at 2  p.m., to discuss her book, The Last Muster, Images of the Revolutionary War Generation. The program is a joint effort of the Langworthy Public Library, the Richmond Historical Society, and the Hopkinton Historical Association and will be held at the Chapel at Wood River, 85 Nooseneck Hill Road, Richmond. The program is free and open to the public. Debra Nunes, director of the Langworthy Public Library, advises everyone interested to “arrive early--this will be a popular event.”

Taylor is a Rhode Island native and has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, the Wall Street Journal, and on NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s The View, and NPR.

Internationally-recognized as the Photo Detective, Taylor’s most recent project focuses her expertise in family photography, history, and genealogy on the Revolutionary War era. “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. . . .While there were many images in public collections or owned by collectors, I knew through my work as a curator and as a collector that there were likely even more in private family collections.”

Indeed, one photo included in The Last Muster was unearthed during Taylor’s 2007 visit to the Langworthy Public Library. Hopkinton resident, Gayle Waite, who shares Taylor’s passion for the past, produced a photo of Sarah (Stevens) Fellows, her great, great, great, great grandmother-in-law. You can find her on page 62.

Copies of the The Last Muster will be available for purchase on the day of the event, but anyone interested is encouraged to order in advance.

This event is also a great opportunity to visit the newly renovated Chapel at Wood River. The Greek-revival style chapel was built in 1820 by the Six-Principal Baptists who emigrated from England in the 1700’s. The building is now owned by the Wood River Cemetery Corporation.

For more information about the Maureen Taylor program or to pre-order copies of her book, visit langworthylibrary.org or visit the library at 24 Spring Street, Hope Valley.

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