April 12, 2019

Film Screening and Discussion with Historian and “Photo Detective” Maureen Taylor and Filmmaker Pam Pacelli Cooper, April 30

In her groundbreaking two-volume work The Last Muster, historian and “photo detective” Maureen Taylor brought together more than one hundred photographs of men, women, and children who lived through the Revolutionary War and survived into the age of photography. 

Now, Taylor has teamed up with filmmaker Pamela Pacelli Cooper of Verissima Productions to bring the personal stories behind those photos to life through the documentary film series, “A Revolutionary Trio: The Stories Behind the Faces.”

At the Museum of the American Revolution on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 6 -8 p.m., Taylor and Cooper will screen two short films from the series, followed by a discussion of their journey of collaboration in bringing these photographs to life using genealogical and historical research.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for members, and can be purchased here or by calling 215.253.6731.

The two, approximately 15-minute films that will be screened at the Museum include a look at a Quaker woman in “Molly Ferris Akin: Pacifist or Patriot?” and “Agrippa Hull: A Renaissance Freeman,” which explores the life of an enlisted free African-American man. A book signing with Taylor will follow. 

In the Museum’s final gallery, a display of reproductions of many of the photographs in The Last Muster is featured. These haunting photographs offer an extraordinary opportunity to see the faces of the Revolutionary Generation.

About Maureen Taylor
Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research. The author of several books, scholarly articles and online columns, she appeared on The View and The Today Show for completing Meredith Viera’s family tree. She has been featured in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, and was dubbed “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective” by The Wall Street Journal. Maureen has spoken on photo history, photograph preservation and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., and in London and Canada. Visit maureentaylor.com for more information.

About Pam Pacelli Cooper
Pam Pacelli Cooper is the President of the award-winning Verissima Productions. An experienced interviewer, family therapist and oral historian with a certificate in research genealogy, Pam has worked with her partner and videographer/editor Rob Cooper for the past twenty years to preserve lives through telling stories in historical context. Their work has been commissioned for individuals, non-profits and businesses, as well as for broadcast television. For more information, visit www.verissima.com.

About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and digital touchscreens bring to life the diverse array of people who created a new nation against incredible odds. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.