**About Maureen Taylor:**
Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London, and Canada. She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira). She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. Learn more at https://maureentaylor.com.
Beautiful but Deadly: Toxic Fashion and Criminal Dress with Dr. Allison Matthews David
Death by outfit isn’t something featured in the game of Clue but it could be. Our ancestors lured to the new bright colors of the nineteenth century wore garments poisoned with arsenic and mercury, perhaps hurrying along their deaths. Not that you’re likely to see that as a cause on a death certificate. These garments continue to be harmful to curators today with long-lasting toxins. You’ve probably never thought about fashion history as a dangerous profession, but this episode will change your mind. My guest is a fashion historian who studies toxic fashion and now clothing adaptations worn by a criminal element. Both topics are fascinating glimpses into what our ancestors wore, why they wore them, and the effects of doing so.
Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved One's Alive with Allison Gilbert
Allison Gilbert is an Emmy award-winning journalist and one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on grief and resilience. The author of numerous books including the groundbreaking, Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive, her stirring work reveals the most uplifting and empowering strategies for remembering the family and friends we never want to forget.
Ask Maureen: April 2021
Every month Maureen answers photo-related questions submitted by listeners.
The Shot Heard Round the World at The Concord Museum
It doesn’t take hindsight to realize you’re living in historic times. This last year has taught us that. This week’s guest told me that residents of Lexington and Concord immediately recognized the significance of April 19, 1775 and saved pieces to document that day. A few years ago, the Concord Museum in Concord, Massachusetts assembled a temporary exhibit called The Shot Heard Round the World. It was an amazing display of ordinary and extraordinary bits of history. Now they’ve created a permanent exhibit of the same name. It’s one of my favorite museums but don’t worry if you can’t travel to see it. Their website is worth exploring. Concord Museum was the first cultural institution to be officially recognized by the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission for this “Shot Heard Round the World” microsite We’ve plenty of time before the 250th celebration in 2026.
America's Pandemic Pastime: Making Photo Reunions Happen
Every time I see another news story on a photo reunion that’s happened through crowdsourcing images online I chuckle. I have a closet full of mysteries and not much luck reuniting images with living people. Yet, just in the last few months, there are images being shared online that are within a short time being reunited. It’s clearly the world’s new Pandemic pastime.
Reproducing History and Protecting the Past: One Cased Image at a Time
Over the years, clients have asked, “Where can I purchase a replacement case for my daguerreotype (or other cased images)? I finally have an answer for that. My guest takes molds of historic cases and creates reproductions. Not only can you purchase a variety of designs for old photos. Some of his clients use them for modern-day pictures creating a place where the past meets the present. Museum seeking to display copies of valuable images contact Steve Hane too. You may have seen his work and not known it. His photo cases have been sold to and appeared in a number of television and film projects including HBO’s True Blood, Netflix’s OBX, the feature film Harriet, and Showtime’s The Good Lord Bird. Now I wonder if one of my February guests knows Steve. Rob Gibson in a bonus episode, Tintypes in the Movies and Television. It appears Rob took tintypes for Harriet and Steve supplied the cases. A cool coincidence.
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Steaming into the Future
I thoroughly enjoyed Podcast 108 and your interview with Astrid. I had no idea such a collection existed. I can’t wait to go to the museum’s webpage and see what gems are there. Thank you both.
I’m so grateful for you podcasts! I heard you on Research Like A Pro, I thought I want to know more about family photos. What an eye opener for me I never knew there was so much to look for in a photo! Before my parents passed away this last year & a half I told them both my sister can have everything I just want all the pictures! WOW I felt like they handed me a gazillion dollars! Love your podcast I’m a sponge! A gazillion stars!!!