Last week, our friend Maureen Taylor, along with Verissima Productions, took a bold leap by launching a new concept for the genealogy community: crowdsourcing a family history-focused project through Kickstarter.
The concept of fundraising and “passing the bucket” in our community is not new. Genealogists have done this in various ways and we have a history of funding projects that are important to our field. Past examples include the Civil War Sailors and Soldiers Database and the 1940 US Census. And don’t forget the Preserve the Pensions project to digitize the War of 1812 Pension Files!
Right now I’m asking friends of GeneaBloggers to consider contributing what you can to get this movie about Revolutionary War veterans and their images produced and accessible to all viewers! As Maureen puts it:
“At some point in our lives we have all studied the American Revolution.. For most of us it seems long ago and far away, but it doesn’t have to…
Ten years ago, I was presented with an old photograph and asked to analyze it. Suddenly, I realized that I was looking into the face of someone who was a young adult during the Revolutionary War! While it may seem surprising, many of our founding countrymen and women lived into the photographic age…and I discovered that more than 200 years later, I could look directly into their faces.
I was mesmerized. I wanted to find as many of these photos as possible. My ten year journey led me through databases, private collections, and museum holdings, into small towns and large urban areas. So far, I have located over 200 of these images. Some of them are profiled in my two volumes: The Last Muster: Images of the Revolution (Kent State University Press, 2009) and The Last Muster: Faces of the Revolution (in press, 2013).”
I’ve done my part and I’m asking readers to please visit Revolutionary Voices: A Last Muster Film to learn more and throw some money in the bucket. There’s only a month left before the fundraising deadline and every little bit helps!
Note: you can also help my sharing this post or the Kickstarter link on your Facebook page or even embedding the Kickstarter widget on your blog!
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