Can you imagine viewing the face of someone who witnessed the Revolutionary War? It seems far fetched doesn't it? Not to mention distant and long ago. Now imagine a child who has little sense of time viewing that picture and imagining the world of possibilities as they create in their mind a story of the birth of the United States. What an incredible way to spark the curiosity of children and adults and give the Revolutionary War and its witnesses a living voice!
A week ago Photo Detective Maureen Taylor and Verissima Productions initiated a Kickstarter campaign to provide seed money for an ambitious project. (For those of you who don't know what Kickstarter is read a quick description from their website.)
Maureen Taylor wants to bring the face of the Revolutionary Era to a documentary.
Check out this video to see what it's all about:
Not long after, Judy Russell, CG, author of the Legal Genealogist blog, presented a challenge offering to match the donation of the first 50 contributors with a $5 pledge of her own. Please read Judy's post to learn her story and why this was so important to her.
Judy reached her goal!
I don't want that momentum to fade!
I am willing to provide a $5 match, just as Judy did, for the first 40 people who become a backer for the Revolutionary Voices Kickstarter project. All you have to do is donate $1 minimum and I will provide a $5 match. Then leave a comment on this post or send me an email and let me know about your pledge. After 40 people contribute at least $1 to the kickstarter campaign I will contribute another $200 to the project.
Some people have been having fun with their pledges. Maureen mentioned that she had received a pledge for $17.76 and another for $1776. Now that's getting into the spirit!
Why am I doing this?
Do I have the extra money just lying around to do this? No, not really. But this kind of project is important to me. Life is a participation sport and this is the kind of legacy I want to leave behind. I want people to say "Marian helped with that!" and "Preserving history is the kind of thing that Marian got passionate about!" Add in a mix of old photographs and the Revolutionary War and what could be more perfect and meaningful?
I hope you'll follow Judy's inspiration and help me contribute even more to this project!
Is there anyone after me who will take up the mantel after my pledge drive is done? Let's keep the momentum going!