Saturday, September 29, 2012

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 

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!



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Friday, September 28, 2012

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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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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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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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Saturday, September 22, 2012

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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Friday, September 21, 2012

Show Notes - The Naked Quaker with Diane Rapaport

Following 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.


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Thursday, September 20, 2012

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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Sunday, September 16, 2012

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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Friday, September 14, 2012

Show Notes - The Fairbanks House with Meaghan Siekman

The Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts
Following are some notes on items that were mentioned during the 13 September 2012 interview with Meaghan Siekman, curator of the Fairbanks House (the oldest timber-frame house in America).

The podcast of the interview is now available.

You can learn more about the Fairbanks House at their website and Facebook page.

Next year's Fairbanks Family Reunion will be held August 10, 2013.

The dendrochronology tests performed on core samples from beams in the Fairbanks House were conducted by the Oxford Dendrochronology Labratory in Oxford, England. Their website provides information about dendrochronology tests at the Fairbanks House and many other historic New England homes.

Travis Parno is the archeologist who conducted the archeological digs at the Fairbanks House in 2009 and 2010.

The Genealogy of the Fairbanks Family in America, 1633-1897 by Lorenzo Sayle Fairbanks is available online in digital format.

The best published source for information about the Fairbanks House is The Fairbanks House: A History of the Oldest Timber-Frame Building in New England by Abbott Lowell Cummings.  Two copies of the book that were given away as door prizes were generously donated by its publisher, the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
curator Meaghan Siekman

The Fairbanks House offers tours Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm and Sundays 1:00-4:00pm, May through October each year.

Special 90-minute tours are being given by the curator, Meaghan Siekman. Contact the Fairbanks House for information on dates and times or call 781-326-1170. 




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Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Fairbanks House is now Archived as a Podcast

by Derickkwa
The most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring curator Meaghan Siekman talking about the Fairbanks House (the oldest timber-frame house in America) is now available for download as a podcast.

The podcast can played through the computer using your default media player or downloaded to iTunes (just click the iTunes button on the main page).





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The Door Prizes are Ready!!

This week Fieldstone Common has some extra special door prizes.

Marian Pierre-Louis will be giving away two pairs of free tickets to tour the Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts.

One pair of tickets is for the general 60-minute Fairbanks House tour (a $24 value).  The other is a pair of tickets for the special 90-minute curator tours of the house (a $40 value). 

These door prizes will be of most value to Fieldstone Common listeners who live within driving distance of the Fairbanks House. The free tours are provided courtesy of the Fairbanks House.

Recognizing that many listeners are spread out across the United States we are also offering two copies of the book The Fairbanks House: A History of the Oldest Timber-Frame Building in New England by premier architectural historian Abbott Lowell Cummings. These books are provided courtesy of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Be sure to set a reminder for Fieldstone Common in you calendar and get ready at 1pm EST today to hear some great discussion with curator Meaghan Siekman and win some door prizes.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Fairbanks House with Meaghan Siekman

The Fairbanks House in Dedham, MA
The Fairbanks House in Dedham, MA
The Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts, built c. 1637 is the oldest timber-frame house in America. It was unique for being owned and lived-in by 8 generations of the Fairbanks family. No other family ever lived in this house. But this house is not just the best preserved 17th century home, it also demonstrates the changes that have occurred in New England and American history over 372 years.

On Thursday, September 13, 2012 Fieldstone Common host, Marian Pierre-Louis, will speak with Fairbanks House curator, Meaghan Siekham. Meaghan will explore many topics that bring the history of the Fairbanks House alive including the mysteries of the house, Puritan Superstitions, the lives of women at the house and much more.

Door Prizes

Tune in live to be eligible to win one of two copies of the book The Fairbanks House by Abbott Lowell Cummings generously donated by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. We'll also be giving out two pairs of tickets to tour the Fairbanks House.

Meaghan Siekman, curator of the Fairbanks House
Meaghan Siekman, curator of the Fairbanks House
SHOW DETAILS

Title: The Fairbanks House with Meaghan Siekman
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Time: 1:00-2:00pm EST
Location: Fieldstone Common Radio - Sign up (i.e. follow) for a show reminder 

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Show Notes - Joe Manning and the Lewis Hine Project

Joe Manning
Following are some notes on items that were mentioned during the 6 September 2012 interview with Joe Manning about the Lewis Hine Project.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

You can learn more about Joe Manning in general from his website, Mornings on Maple Street

Joe's website is also the portal to all the online information about the Lewis Hine Project.

Read more about Lewis Hine in his Wikipedia profile.

The Lawrence History Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts is currently displaying an exhibit based on the Lewis Hine Project focusing on the children of Lawrence photographed by Lewis Hine. The exhibit is running through September 30, 2012.

Joe Manning was featured in a Yankee Magazine article (available online) in 2011.

The Lewis Hine photos which are the basis of Joe's research are available for viewing from the Library of Congress website .

The door prize given away during the show was a book authored by Joe Manning, Steeples: Sketches of North Adams.  Other books by Joe Manning include Disappearing Into North Adams and Gig at the Amtrak

Here is a Pinterest site that features Lewis Hine photos, including shots from when he photographed the construction of the Empire State Building. It includes the iconic photo of the construction works sitting on the beam over New York City. It also shows some of Hine's Ellis Island photos.


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Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Lewis Hine Project now Archived as Podcast

by Derickkwa
The most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring a discussion with Joe Manning about the Lewis Hine Project is now available for download as a podcast.

The podcast can played through the computer using your default media player or downloaded to iTunes (just click the iTunes button on the main page).






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Photos from the Lewis Hine Collection

Here are sample photos from the Lewis Hine Collection housed at the Library of Congress.  Some of these are photos which Joe Manning will be talking about in his Fieldstone Common Interview today at 1pm EST.

Addie Card of Vermont
Mamie LaBarge of Winchendon, Massachusetts


Spinners in Lawrence, Massachusetts
Workers from Lawrence, Massachusetts
Lawrence, Massachusetts

Photos taken by Lewis Hine, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Upcoming in September on Fieldstone Common Radio

Be sure to mark your calendar. We'll be giving away some great books during the live broadcasts of Fieldstone Common.
6 Sept 2012 at 1pm EST
Joe Manning of the Lewis Hine Project

The Lewis Hine Project with Joe Manning. Lewis Hine was the photographer whose early 20th century photos of working children shaped child labor laws in the United States. For the past seven years, Joe Manning has been conducting the Lewis Hine Project, an effort to track down and interview the descendants of child laborers photographed by Lewis Hine in the early 1900s. His work has resulted in stories about the lives of over 300 of those children.
13 Sept 2012 at 1pm EST
Meaghan Siekman, curator of the Fairbanks House in Dedham, MA

The Fairbanks House with Curator, Meaghan Siekman. Not only is it the oldest timber-frame house in America, the Fairbanks House is full of stories and mysteries. Meaghan will explore many topics including the mysteries of the Fairbanks House, Puritan Superstitions, the lives of women at the house and much more.
20 Sept 2012 at 1pm EST
Author Diane Rapaport

The Naked Quaker with Diane Rapaport. Lawyer and historian Diane Rapaport extracts tantalizing tales from the pre-Revolutionary court records for her book, The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England. Twenty-five true stories—amusing, poignant, shocking—bring history to life.
27 Sept 2012 at 1pm EST
The Photo Detective, Maureen Taylor

The Last Muster with The Photo Detective, Maureen Taylor. The Last Muster - Images of the Revolutionary War Generation is a collection of pictures and stories of the last survivors of the American Revolutionary War and some of their family members. We'll also be talking to Maureen about her book Fashionable Folks Hairstyles 1840-1900.

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Lewis Hine Project with Joe Manning

Lewis Hine photo courtesy of the LOC
Join Fieldstone Common host, Marian Pierre-Louis, this Thursday as she speaks with Joe Manning about his fascinating Lewis Hine Project.

Lewis Hine was the photographer whose early 20th century photos of working children shaped child labor laws in the United States.

For the past seven years, Joe Manning has been conducting the Lewis Hine Project, an effort to track down and interview the descendants of child laborers photographed by Lewis Hine in the early 1900s. His work has resulted in stories about the lives of over 300 of those children. The project has been featured on numerous National Public Radio news and interview programs, and in a lengthy article in Yankee Magazine. It is now also a current exhibition at the Lawrence, Massachusetts History Center.

Joe Manning
SHOW DETAILS

Title: The Lewis Hine Project with Joe Manning
Date: Thursday, September 6, 2012
Time: 1:00-2:00pm EST
Location: Fieldstone Common Radio - Sign up (i.e. follow) for a show reminder 

Fieldstone Common is live radio streamed via the internet. All episodes are recorded and made available afterward as a podcast.


Lewis Hine photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Joe Manning photo courtesy of Joe Manning.