The Photo Detective to be our September speaker

headshot3-1Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on photograph identification and genealogy, bringing together her knowledge and skills in history and research into family stories while giving insight into the invention and development of photography itself.

   Sought out by clients all over the world,  her pioneering work in historic photo research is unprecedented, evidenced by her success in solving photo mysteries. She is the author of several books, scholarly articles and online columns, and 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. Her focus is helping people rediscover their family history one picture at a time.

   For over a decade, Maureen has  searched for images of individuals who lived during the Revolutionary War but also lived into the age of photography. She produced a two-volume set titled, The Last Muster, and the quest for more photographs is ongoing.

   She was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for, an internationally known family history company. Currently a contributing editor of Family Tree Magazine, Maureen also writes personal memoirs and narrative family histories for the Newbury St. Press of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Prior to launching her business in 1998, she held distinguished leadership positions at the Boston History Collaborative, Rhode Island Historical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston), and Houghton-Mifflin. She earned a Master’s Degree in history from Rhode Island College (Providence) and resides in Rhode Island.

   PHSNE is pleased to have Maureen as speaker at the first program of the new season. She will be presenting My Life with Pictures: The Photo Detective at the Womens’ Club Workshop Building 72 Columbus St, Newton Highlands, MA.  The general meeting begins at 1:30pm and Maureen is scheduled to begin her talk at roughly 2:15pm. All are welcome. Parking is free along the street, and the Newton Highlands T stop is a block away. Please see our website for directions.


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