Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fall Recap | First Lady of Portugal

A lot has happened over the autumn months as I've continued to tell Peter's story, so I thought I'd catch you all up.

October 25 - I've been traveling so much that I didn't realize that I was in The Stanly News & Press for my last impersonation of Peter Francisco until I went to my PO Box this morning. The hostess of the event cut out the article and mailed it to me. It's one of the better articles I've read and includes a couple of video clips.

November 8 - I received word that WVPT — one of PBS's largest reaching stations with a potential 6.1 million viewers — will be broadcasting my documentary in the near future into VA, WV, MD, and DC. I'll keep you posted on broadcast dates.

November 10 - I received a phone call from the Army Historical Foundation and they have decided to add one of Peter's swords to the $200 million National Museum of the US Army that is scheduled to open in 2015. They anticipate 750,000 annual visitors. What an honor and a great way to preserve Peter Francisco's legacy! There are three dress swords that Peter Francisco owned that are in museums today. Peter saved Colonel Mayo's life (story in my book) down in Camden, South Carolina, and Mayo gave him a sword after the war to thank him. That sword is at a museum in Richmond but it's not on display. So, I called the Army Historical Foundation asking them to put it on display in the "new" army museum. He told me today that they are moving forward with my suggestion. Wahoo! They are going to use a picture of Peter as well in the display. The curator of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection Center offered their oil painting on a permanent loan to the Peter Francisco exhibit at the museum.

November 11 - Josh and I hit the road for Richmond & Washington, DC. We attended a wreath-laying ceremony at Peter Francisco's grave in Shockoe Hill Cemetery in honor of Veterans Day which was organized by the VA Sons of the American Revolution & the Society of the Descendants of Peter Francisco. I came dressed as Peter and it seemed people were taking my picture from every direction. One lady said, "It's really strange seeing you here at your grave, Peter."

Peter Francisco beside his own grave at Shockoe Hill Cemetery

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November 12 - After multiple discussions with the Portuguese Embassy, I was honored to bring Peter Francisco to life for a private luncheon with the First Lady of Portugal and other dignitaries at Mount Vernon. I gave Mrs. Cavaco Silva the first revised copy of Hercules of the Revolution, which I've been working on for the past year. The new edition contains an additional 30,000 words (~100 pages)! Hopefully, this will set up the perfect PR opportunity to hand deliver my book to the President of Portugal when it's translated into Portuguese.

Peter Francisco with Mrs. Cavaco Silva, the First Lady of Portugal

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