Final Thoughts with John Thomas Grant

photo from Final Thoughts: Eternal Beauty in Stone
by John Thomas Grant

Listen in to Fieldstone Common this week as host Marian Pierre-Louis talks to John Thomas Grant, author of Final Thoughts: Eternal Beauty in Stone.

Photographer, Author, John Thomas Grant’s conceptualization of Final Thoughts was the consequence of the unraveling of some old letters, a personal journey in search of his family roots, and the chance meeting with a young man in a small New England town.

John interprets and connects with history through the camera lens. He reminds us that the past resides with us, sometimes forgotten and sometimes celebrated. The unique quality of John’s photos blends the past and the present together showing they are inseparably entwined.

Join us as we talk with John Thomas Grant about his book, his beautiful interpretation through photography and the impact it has had on his life and that of his readers.

LIVE: THURSDAY, 4 OCTOBER 2012 at 1:00pm EST 

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Show Notes – The Last Muster with Maureen Taylor

Following are some notes on items that were mentioned during the 27 September 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with photo detective Maureen Taylor, author of The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary War Generation and Fashionable Folks Hairstyles 1840-1900.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

You can learn more about Maureen Taylor at her website and you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Maureen has been writing the Photo Detective column for Family Tree Magazine since 2001.

Sources for example period photographs

Dressed for the Photographer by Joan Severa 

Fashionable Folks Hairstyles 1840-1900 by Maureen Taylor 

Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats, 1840-1900 by Maureen Taylor

The Family Photo Detective by Maureen Taylor (to be published January 2013 by Family Tree Books)

Big Announcement
Maureen made a big announcement during the interview. She revealed that, in conjunction with Verissima Productions, she will be making a documentary of the based on The Last Muster book. The documentary, which is currently in the fundraising stage, has its own website so that you can follow its progress.

Maureen also announced that volume two of The Last Muster will be published around June 2013.

Kent State University Press, the publisher of The Last Muster, donated two copies that were given as a door prizes. A big thank you to Kent State University Press for  their generosity!

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Win a Copy of The Last Muster or Fashionable Folks


I still have two books to give away from the interview with Maureen Taylor on Thursday.  Here’s a chance for podcast listeners to win a door prize!

Enter to win Fashionable Folks

The first book is Fashionable Folks Hairstyles 1840-1900.List price $19.95.

To win this book you need to answer this question from listening to the interview:

What did Maureen call the little curl that hangs down in front of a woman’s forehead?

To win the book Fashionable Folks Hairstyle 1840-1900 be the first person to send an email to radio@FieldstoneCommon.com on or after 5pm EST on Sunday, September 30, 2012.  The first correct entry received will win the book.

Enter to win The Last Muster

The second book is The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary War Generation. List price $45.

To win this book you need to answer this question from listening to the interview:

Which photo in The Last Muster was Maureen’s favorite?

To win the book The Last Muster be the first person to send an email to radio@FieldstoneCommon.com on or after 8pm EST on Sunday, September 30, 2012.  The first correct entry received will win the book.

You can enter to win both contests but if a winner you will only be selected for one book.Don’t forget to include your name in the email. If you have any questions leave them in the comments below. Winners will be notified by email.

Click the play button below to listen to the interview.

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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

The Last Muster is now Archived as a Podcast

by Derickkwa

The most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring photo detective Maureen Taylor talking about her books The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary War Generation and Fashionable Folks Hairstyles 1840-1900 is not available as a podcast.

The podcast can be played through the computer using your default media player (click play below) or downloaded to iTunes (also below).

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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Don’t Miss these Door Prizes!

The Last Muster & Fashionable Folks
by Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective

I’m getting the door prizes ready for tomorrow’s Fieldstone Common show with Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective!

We’ve got two copies of The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary War Generation to give away (list price $45 each!). These are hard cover books.

And we’ve got two copies of  Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles 1840-1900. These trade paperbacks retail for $19.95 each.

I’ll be giving away one copy of each to the live audience during the Thursday show. Then for those of you who can’t listen live, you’ll have a chance to win after listening to the replay over the weekend. Stay tuned for more details on that.

LIVE: THURSDAY, 27 September 2012 at 1:00pm EST

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Joe Manning featured on CBS News

Mamie LaBarge of Winchendon, Massachusetts
by Lewis Hine

On September 6, 2012 Joe Manning was a guest on Fieldstone Common discussing his wonderful Lewis Hine Project.

Lewis Hine was the photographer whose photographs of child laborers help transform child labor laws in the United States.

Joe Manning has devoted his retirement years to identifying the children in those photos.

Tonight Joe Manning was featured on the CBS Evening News. I am so excited for Joe. Please take a moment and watch the 2 1/2 minute video clip.

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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

The Last Muster with Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective

Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective
Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective

LIVE: THURSDAY, 27 September 2012 at 1:00pm EST

Listen to Fieldstone Common this week as host Marian Pierre-Louis talks to Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, about her books The Last Muster and Fashionable Folks Hairstyles 1840-1900.

The Last Muster is a collection of rare nineteenth-century photographic images 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. 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.

Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. She has been featured in top media outlets, including The View, Better Homes & Gardens, the Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, MSNBC, New Morning (Hallmark Channel), Life Magazine, DIY: Scrapbooking, PBS Ancestors, Claritin’s Moment of Clarity, Creative Memories’ Lasting Moments, Dear Myrtle, and Satisfaction Magazine. Maureen is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine. 

The Last Muster by Maureen Taylor
The Last Muster

Maureen investigates photographs the way private eyes investigate cases. She discovers stories behind family pictures by following clues … a hat, the shape of a woman’s sleeve, or a sign in the background. Through her website, PhotoDetective.com, Maureen offers practical, affordable advice on how to save and organize photos. She also writes about the latest photo-related topics, products, and media coverage on her Photo Detective blog.

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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Show Notes – The Naked Quaker with Diane Rapaport

The Naked Quaker with Diane Rapaport on Fieldstone CommonFollowing are some notes on items that were mentioned during the 20 September 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with Diane Rapaport, author of the Naked Quaker.


The podcast of the interview is now available.

The Naked Quaker is readily available from online booksellers such as amazon.com.

Diane Rapaport’s other book is called New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians.

You can learn more about Diane by visiting her website or follow her on her Facebook page

For many years Diane wrote a column called “Tales from the Courthouse” which was first featured in New England Ancestors which later became American Ancestors. This publication is a membership benefit of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. In addition to the print magazine, members can search the online archive of American Ancestors to read Diane’s column. The magazine can also be found at many libraries and genealogical societies.

You can read an interview with Diane on the Bostonist website and another on Boston.com.

Check Diane’s schedule to see if she is speaking at a venue near you.

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

The Naked Quaker is now Archived as a Podcast

by Derickkwa

The most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring author Diane Rapaport talking about her book The Naked Quaker is now available for download as a podcast.

The podcast can be played through the computer using your default media player or downloaded to iTunes (see below).

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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

The Naked Quaker with Diane Rapaport

The Naked Quaker by Diane Rapaport
The Naked Quaker by Diane Rapaport

LIVE: THURSDAY, 20 September 2012 at 1:00pm EST

Listen in to Fieldstone Common this week as host Marian Pierre-Louis talks to author Diane Rapaport about her book The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England.

The word “Puritan” conjures up dour images of 17th-century New Englanders. We rarely think of Puritans as people who had fun, or sex. Our ancestors used different words, but human nature was not so different 350 years ago.

In the title story, a Quaker woman walks into Puritan Sunday meeting and drops her dress to protest actions of the colonial authorities. The Naked Quaker takes us into the lives of our ancestors, revealing how they behaved and spoke. A highway robber threatens his victim: “I will take you by your eyelids and make your heels strike fire!” A mysterious woman wields “enthusiastical power” over married men, who break the law to follow her.

author Diane Rapaport

Diane Rapaport, a former trial lawyer, has made a new career as a historical consultant, genealogist, award-winning author and popular speaker. She offers an unusual combination of expertise and experience—in law, history and genealogy—and she enjoys discovering and telling the stories of our past. She specializes in court records and other historical resources of New England, and her current research focuses on African Americans and Native Americans in the colonial period. She is also the author of New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians.

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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis