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Twenty years ago, a small group dreamed of reconstructing an exact replica of General Lafayette’s 18th-century ship called the Hermione. Today, the majestic vessel is the largest and most authentically built Tall Ship in the last 150 years. The Hermione has set sail in France, launching an adventure that comes to the USA in the summer of 2015 for an unprecedented voyage.


MISSION STATEMENT


To evoke the spirit of “why not?” and demonstrate that given determination, anything is achievable.




Through this, to create a lasting
educational legacy which will be
accessible to generations of young
Americans to come.




To symbolize and rekindle through the Hermione the intimate ties between France and the United States, and the spirit of liberty that sustains them.



To demonstrate the inestimable value of history, to the present and the future, and to show that it can be a living force in increasing our understanding of the world.




To celebrate the value of impeccable craftsmanship, the firm foundation of the authentic reconstruction of the Hermione.




To bring to life the memory of Marquis de Lafayette who embodied this spirit.


FRIENDS OF THE HERMIONE
LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DR. HENRY A. KISSINGER
Honorary Chairman, Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America

Henry A. Kissinger, the 56th United States Secretary of State, is an American diplomat and political scientist. He also served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from January 20, 1969, until November 3, 1975. Dr. Kissinger is the founder and chairman of Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm, based in New York City. Dr. Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. He has a summa cum laude AB in political science from Harvard College, where he also received MA and PhD degrees. He is the author of many articles and books about American foreign policy.


MILES YOUNG
President

Miles Young is Worldwide Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide, a leader in advertising and a member of the WPP group. He joined Ogilvy in 1982 and was appointed CEO in 2009. Mr. Young resides in New York City, and is originally from the United Kingdom, where he attended New College at Oxford University. He also is active in the area of Asian journalism and public branding.


ALAIN BOURDEAUX
Secratary

Alain Bourdeaux is a Partner at Alienor Avocats, a law firm that specializes in industrial and construction projects. He is the former General Counsel of Vinci Construction Grands Projets. Mr. Bourdeaux is a member of the Paris Bar and has legal experience across the spectrum of international construction and turnkey contracts in and outside France.


WALTER CURLEY JR.
Walter Curley Jr. is a former United States Ambassador to France and Ireland, serving from 1989-1993 in France and 1975-1977 in Ireland. He served under Presidents Ford and George H. W. Bush. He was New York City's Commissioner of Public Events and Chief of Protocol from 1973 to 1974.


REMI FORGEAS
Treasurer

Remi Forgeas is the Director of the French Desk for McGladrey LLP, a leading US CPA firm. He is originally from Paris, and holds degrees from the University ofParis II-Assas and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris “Sciences Po”.


CRAIG STAPLETON
Craig Stapleton is a former United States Ambassador to France and the Czech Republic, serving from 2005 to 2009 in France and 2001 to 2005 in the CzechRepublic. He is currently a Senior Advisor to the private equity firm Stone Point Capital and serves on the board of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.


FELIX ROHATYN
Felix Rohatyn is a former United States Ambassador to France, having served from 1997 to 2000. He is currently a Trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Remi Forgeas is the Director of the French Desk for McGladrey LLP, a leading US CPA firm. He is originally from Paris, and holds degrees from the University ofParis II-Assas and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris “Sciences Po”.
Craig Stapleton is a former United States Ambassador to France and the Czech Republic, serving from 2005 to 2009 in France and 2001 to 2005 in the CzechRepublic. He is currently a Senior Advisor to the private equity firm Stone Point Capital and serves on the board of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Felix Rohatyn is a former United States Ambassador to France, having served from 1997 to 2000. He is currently a Trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
ALAIN BOURDEAUX, Secretary


REMI FORGEAS, Treasurer


FELIX ROHATYN




HERMIONE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
MILES YOUNG, President

JUDI KILACHAND, Executive Director


DEBORAH BERGER, Coordinator and PR Consultant

REMI FORGEAS, Treasurer

FERGUS HAY, Digital Development

MARC JENSEN, Maritime Director

ROBERT LEAR, Director of National Education Outreach and Foundation Strategy​

NICOLAS QUAIREL, IT Director

PASCALE RICHARD, Director of Education Programs and Cultural Exhibitions

WENDY RICHES, Chairwoman, NYC Advisory Committee

DAVID LINCOLN ROSS, Editorial Director

TRISTAN DE TERVES, Director of Marketing
SPONSORS & PARTNERS
The Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit, is extremely grateful for the support that our group receives from all our Sponsors and Partners.
We welcome your public, private, individual and corporate support and would be happy to consider listing your group as a Sponsor or Partner. If your corporation, public or private group is interested in becoming a supporter and being listed below, please direct your inquiry to:
JUDI KILACHAND
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA
JUDI.KILACHAND@FRIENDSOFHERMIONE.ORG
FOUNDING SPONSOR MOËT HENNESSY

Moët Hennessy is the world leader in luxury wine and spirits and a division of LVMH. The Moët Hennessy portfolio includes renowned brands such as: Hennessy Cognac; Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Krug, Veuve Clicquot and Ruinart Champagnes; Belvedere vodka; Grand Marnier; Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malt Scotch whiskies; and fine wines, including Cape Mentelle, Cloudy Bay, Newton Vineyard, Numanthia, Terrazas and Domaine Chandon California sparkling and still wines. Moët Hennessy has a strong consumer focus with an uncompromising  commitment to building luxury brands, with products present in the United States for over 200 years.


MOËT HENNESSY IS PROUD TO SUPPORT LAFAYETTE'S HERMIONE VOYAGE 2015.
www.hennessy.com
LOCAL PARTNERS AIR FRANCE—OFFICIAL AIRLINE PARTNER

Air France is a leading global carrier serving over 180 destinations including 11 U.S. gateways.

Air France is investing over a half billion dollars in upgrading the customer experience in all cabins ranging from a luxurious new La Première Suite and more spacious Business class seat that reclines 180°, to adding more seat comfort and wider personal touchscreens for on demand entertainment in Premium Economy and Economy class.


AIR FRANCE WILL TAKE YOU THERE WITH STYLE, COMFORT AND A DECIDEDLY FRENCH TOUCH.
www.airfrance.us
FRANCE- AMERIQUE

France-Amérique, Le Journal Francais des États-Unis, is America’s only national French-language publication, serving an audience of French expatriates, Francophones and French-speaking Americans. France-Amérique is America’s largest French-language magazine and serves as an integral link between France and the United States. Each issue provides readers with a review of current events, culture and art-de-vivre, plus exclusive profiles of personalities and coverage of French life in the U.S. from coast to coast. The 16-page francophone TV5Monde television guide is also inserted in the magazine each month.

Visit: http://www.france-amerique.com


FRANCE-AMERIQUE IS PROUD TO SUPPORT LAFAYETTE'S HERMIONE VOYAGE 2015.
http://www.france-amerique.org
SOCIAL TOASTER

SocialToaster helps brands and organizations identity, recruit, and activate fans, influencers, and advocates. We make it easy for our clients to engage these fans and enable them to share content from the brand to their personal social networks. Our platform gamifies the process, keeping users active and helping to recognize and thank them for their efforts.


SOCIAL TOASTER IS PROUD TO SUPPORT LAFAYETTE'S HERMIONE VOYAGE 2015.
www.socialtoaster.com
TRANSDEV NORTH AMERICA

Transdev North America, previously known as Veolia Transportation, is based in Lombard, IL. Transdev is the largest private-sector operator of multiple modes of transit in North America, including bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle, and sedan and taxi services. Globally, Transdev operates public transportation in 20 countries. Transdev is committed to being the trusted partner of cities, transit authorities and airports through quality execution and innovations in mobility.


TRANSDEV NORTH AMERICA IS PROUD TO SUPPORT LAFAYETTE'S HERMIONE VOYAGE 2015.
www.transdev.net
UNITED WATER


UNITED WATER IS PROUD TO SUPPORT LAFAYETTE'S HERMIONE VOYAGE 2015.
https://www.unitedwater.com
MICHELIN




MOËT HENNESSY

Moët Hennessy is the world leader in luxury wine and spirits and a division of LVMH. The Moët Hennessy portfolio includes renowned brands such as: Hennessy Cognac; Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Krug, Veuve Clicquot and Ruinart Champagnes; Belvedere vodka; Grand Marnier; Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malt Scotch whiskies; and fine wines, including Cape Mentelle, Cloudy Bay, Newton Vineyard, Numanthia, Terrazas and Domaine Chandon California sparkling and still wines. Moët Hennessy has a strong consumer focus with an uncompromising  commitment to building luxury brands, with products present in the United States for over 200 years.


MOËT HENNESSY IS PROUD TO SUPPORT LAFAYETTE'S HERMIONE VOYAGE 2015.
www.hennessy.com
AIR FRANCE—OFFICIAL AIRLINE PARTNER

Air France is a leading global carrier serving over 180 destinations including 11 U.S. gateways.

Air France is investing over a half billion dollars in upgrading the customer experience in all cabins ranging from a luxurious new La Première Suite and more spacious Business class seat that reclines 180°, to adding more seat comfort and wider personal touchscreens for on demand entertainment in Premium Economy and Economy class.


AIR FRANCE WILL TAKE YOU THERE WITH STYLE, COMFORT AND A DECIDEDLY FRENCH TOUCH.
www.airfrance.us
FRANCE- AMERIQUE

France-Amérique, Le Journal Francais des États-Unis, is America’s only national French-language publication, serving an audience of French expatriates, Francophones and French-speaking Americans. France-Amérique is America’s largest French-language magazine and serves as an integral link between France and the United States. Each issue provides readers with a review of current events, culture and art-de-vivre, plus exclusive profiles of personalities and coverage of French life in the U.S. from coast to coast. The 16-page francophone TV5Monde television guide is also inserted in the magazine each month.

Visit: http://www.france-amerique.com


FRANCE-AMERIQUE IS PROUD TO SUPPORT LAFAYETTE'S HERMIONE VOYAGE 2015.
http://www.france-amerique.org
SOCIAL TOASTER

SocialToaster helps brands and organizations identity, recruit, and activate fans, influencers, and advocates. We make it easy for our clients to engage these fans and enable them to share content from the brand to their personal social networks. Our platform gamifies the process, keeping users active and helping to recognize and thank them for their efforts.


SOCIAL TOASTER IS PROUD TO SUPPORT LAFAYETTE'S HERMIONE VOYAGE 2015.
www.socialtoaster.com
TRANSDEV NORTH AMERICA

Transdev North America, previously known as Veolia Transportation, is based in Lombard, IL. Transdev is the largest private-sector operator of multiple modes of transit in North America, including bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle, and sedan and taxi services. Globally, Transdev operates public transportation in 20 countries. Transdev is committed to being the trusted partner of cities, transit authorities and airports through quality execution and innovations in mobility.


TRANSDEV NORTH AMERICA IS PROUD TO SUPPORT LAFAYETTE'S HERMIONE VOYAGE 2015.
www.transdev.net
UNITED WATER


UNITED WATER IS PROUD TO SUPPORT LAFAYETTE'S HERMIONE VOYAGE 2015.
https://www.unitedwater.com
MICHELIN




STRATEGIC PARTNER

Tall SHIPS AMERICA

Tall Ships America is the hub for tall ships activity, expertise, and information in North America, and is commended by the United States Congress as the national sail training organization representing the United States. Founded in 1973, Tall Ships America is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to enriching youth education through character building and leadership programs aboard tall ships. Please visit: www.tallshipsamerica.org
PARTNERS

Sail Boston

Since 1992, Sail Boston, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, has hosted more than 500 international tall ships and vessels of interest to Boston and many Massachusetts coastal communities. Sail Boston, Inc. endeavors to develop programs that provide economic development and cultural enrichment for citizens, businesses and visitors in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For more information, visit: www.sailboston.com http://www.sailboston.com

Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area

Connecting the people and places of New Jersey’s rich Revolutionary heritage to inspire community pride, stewardship and civic engagement. For more information, please visit: http://www.revolutionarynj.org

ONEIDA INDIAN NATION

The Oneida, or Onyota'a:ká:, people are one of the founding members of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy, and have lived in the area now known as Central New York State since time immemorial. Known as the fledgling United States' first allies, the Oneidas played a key role in the birth of this Nation, having fought alongside the colonists during the American Revolution. The Oneidas participated in key battles such as Oriskany and Saratoga and enjoyed a close relationship with Marquis de Lafayette. Today, the Oneida Indian Nation is a thriving community that maintains its traditional form of government and is preserving its cultural heritage. Through its diverse enterprises including Indian Country Today Media Network and Four Directions Productions, and partnerships with institutions like the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the American Revolution Center and Harvard Law School, the Oneida Nation has become a leading advocate for a range of critical issues facing Indian Country. Please visit: www.OneidaIndianNation.com

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees help care for America’s Park, Heritage Areas, Wild & Scenic Rivers and other affiliated, related areas and programs. They work with communities across the nation to preserve natural resources and our shared cultural heritage and to create close-to-home recreational and educational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov

Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route – National Historic Trail

The mission of the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail is to partner with the public and private organizations to commemorate, interpret and protect historic resources related to the 1780-1783 Franco-American march to final victory against the British in the Revolutionary War. Visit us at http://www.nps.gov/waro/index.htm

LIVING CLASSEROOMS

Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as "living classrooms." For more information, please visit: www.livingclassrooms.org

Global Philadelphia Association

GPA was created to assist—and to encourage greater interaction among—the many organizations and people who are engaged in international activity in the Greater Philadelphia Region, to promote the development of an international consciousness within the region, and to enhance the region’s global profile.http://globalphiladelphia.org/

AMERICAN REVOLUTION INSTITUTE OF THE SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI

The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati promotes knowledge and appreciation of the achievement of American independence, fulfilling the aim of the Continental Army officers who founded the Society of the Cincinnati in 1783 to perpetuate the memory of that vast event. The Institute supports advanced scholarship, conducts public programs, advocates preservation and makes resources available to teachers and students to enrich understanding of our War for Independence and the principles of the men and women who secured the liberty of the American people.  For more information, please visit: http://www.societyofthecincinnati.org/

Association Hermione-La Fayette

In July 1997, the Hermione-La Fayette association embarked for a tremendous challenge: the reconstruction of the Hermione frigate – the ship that allowed La Fayette to join the American insurgents in the struggle for their independence in 1780.  Rebuilding the Hermione means reconstituting of an element of our maritime heritage. For more information, please visit: www.hermione.com/fr/

Atout France

Atout France, the France Tourism Development Agency, is the sole national organization responsible for the development and promotion of tourism to France. As an association of public and private interests, Atout France is charged with supporting tourism to France and assisting its member partners internationally through its network of 35 offices in 33 countries. please visit: us.rendezvousenfrance.com

The American Friends of Lafayette

The American Friends of Lafayette is an historical and patriotic society dedicated to the memory of Major General Gilbert Motier, Marquis de Lafayette and to the study of his life and times in America and France. For more information, please visit: www.friendsoflafayette.org

Boston Athenaeum

The mission of the Boston Athenæum is to serve its members, the broader community, and scholars throughout the world by preserving and augmenting its collections of books and art, by providing library services and cultural programs, and by preserving and enhancing the unique atmosphere of its landmark building. http://www.bostonathenaeum.org/

BREIZH AMERIKA

BREIZH AMERIKA is an organization established to create, facilitate, promote, and sponsor wide-ranging innovative and collaborative cultural and economic projects that strengthen and foster relations and cooperation between the United States of America and the region of Brittany, France. For more information, please see: www.breizh-amerika.com

CASTINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Castine Historical Society Castine, Maine, collects, preserves and exhibits materials that illuminate the rich history of the Castine-Bagaduce River area and, through it, that of New England and America, from pre-Colonial times to the present. In doing so, the Society seeks to engage residents and visitors of all ages in the exploration and stewardship of Castine's diverse historical resources. The Hermione visited Castine in 1780 on a reconnaissance mission to gauge the British strength at Fort George, which was located in present-day Castine. For more information, please visit:  http://www.castinehistoricalsociety.org/

Comite Tricolore

The Comite Tricolore is the associative network of a strong and supportive Francophone community in the ​​Washington, DC area. It is an apolitical, philanthropic non – profit, open to French, Francophone and Franco-American clubs or associations of the Washington, DC region which share a common interest in French culture and in the strengthening of the relationship between France and the United States. It  was founded in 1997 by a group of associations committed to the organization of annual activities and events, and to the dedication of the generated benefits to help disadvantaged people in the community. Twenty-three associations are currently members of the Comite Tricolore. For more information, please visit: www.comite-tricolore.org

DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to honor the spirit and memory of the patriots who secured independence for America. The non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization is dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism.  Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, please visit:  http://www.dar.org/

THE DAUGHTERS OF THE CINCINNATI

The Daughters of the Cincinnati is a non-profit organization whose members are women descended from the officers who served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. These officers were the founding members of the Society of the Cincinnati, an association dedicated to perpetuating friendships, offering mutual aid, and providing assistance to the widows and orphans of comrades. Today, the Daughters of the Cincinnati honor these long-ago officers by continuing to discover and celebrate the history and wisdom of our ancestors in relevant lectures and trips, but most especially by operating and funding a scholarship program that contributes to the college tuition of daughters of career officers in the armed services. The Daughters of the Cincinnati has recently helped military daughters to attend Harvard, William and Mary, Georgetown University, University of California at Davis, Notre Dame, Rice, the University of Washington, and MIT, among others. Please see: http://www.daughters1894.org/

FORT MIFFLIN

The mission of Fort Mifflin on the Delaware is to develop, preserve and interpret Fort Mifflin as a National Historic Landmark whose unique history, original fabric and surrounding environment will be protected and used to educate and enrich students and families and serve as a significant regional tourist resource. For more information, please visit: http://www.fortmifflin.us/

French Consulate in New York

Within its jurisdiction, the French Consulate in New York protects the interests of its citizens and provides administrative services to the French community. Its mission is also to develop and sustain partnerships with American institutions, and to promote France’s cultural, scientific and business activities. Please visit: http://www.consulfrance-newyork.org/-English-

FRENCH-AMERICAN CULTURAL FOUNDATION

Established in 1998, the French-American Cultural Foundation, under the presidency of Mr. Leonard L. Silverstein, is a nonprofit organization that fosters cultural and educational exchanges between France and the United States. It is the leading force behind the promotion of French culture in the mid-Atlantic region, collaborating with major cultural institutions such as the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Library of Congress to bring French programming to the Washington area and beyond. The F-ACF also helps fund festivals and other cultural events hosted by the French Embassy and publishes France Magazine. For more information, please visit: http://www.f-acf.org/

FRENCH-AMERICAN FOUNDATION

French-American Foundation -- Our mission: Founded in 1976 and building on more than two centuries of shared ideals between France and the United States, the French-American Foundation—United States works to enrich a transatlantic relationship that is essential in today’s world. With its sister foundation, the French-American Foundation – France, the Foundation brings together leaders, policymakers, and a wide range of professionals to exchange views and share experiences in areas of mutual concern for mutual benefit. For more information, please visit: http://www.frenchamerican.org/

FRENCH HERITAGE SOCIETY

French Heritage Society is dedicated to protecting the French architectural legacy both in France and the United States with particular emphasis on raising funds for preservation and education. The society fosters long-established French-American relationships through cultural exchanges as it strives to ensure that the treasures of our shared heritage will survive to inspire future generations. Its thirteen chapters in the US and one in Paris have supported the restoration of nearly 500 buildings and gardens since 1982. French Heritage Society also organizes unique student internship opportunities in both countries and offers enriching cultural trips in France, and the US for its members. For more information, please visit: http://www.frenchheritagesociety.org/

French Institute Alliance Française

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is New York’s premiere French cultural and language center. FIAF's mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross-cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression. For more information, please see: www.fiaf.org

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON MASONIC NATIONAL MEMORIAL

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is a memorial and museum, an active Masonic temple, a research library, a cultural space, a community and performing arts center, and an important regional landmark. This magnificent nine-story neoclassical structure has been erected and maintained by the Freemasons of the United States as an expression of the high esteem in which the memory of George Washington is held within the Masonic fraternity, and to preserve the history and heritage of American Freemasonry. The mission of the Memorial is "to inspire humanity through education to emulate and promote the virtues, character and vision of George Washington, the Man, the Mason and Father of our Country." For more information, see: http://gwmemorial.org/

Gilder Lehrman

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a New York–based national nonprofit devoted to the teaching and learning of American history. Gilder Lehrman draws on top scholars, an unparalleled collection of original historical documents, and a national network of Affiliate Schools to create and provide a broad range of innovative resources. For more information, visit: gilderlehrman.org

The Lightbeam Group & Studio

The Lightbeam Group & Studio utilizes cross-disciplinary approaches, multiple media formats, and wide-ranging content resources, to bring context and meaning back into information and learning. For more information, please contact: ghoptman@verizon.net

Lycée Français de New York

Founded in 1935, the Lycée Français de New York (LFNY) is a non-profit, independent private coeducational institution located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The Lycée offers a French-based bilingual education to a diverse community of 1330 students representing nearly 50 nationalities from early childhood through high school. For more information, visit www.lfny.org www.lfny.org

MANHATTAN YACHT CLUB

Founded in 1987, the Manhattan Sailing Club reintroduced recreational sailing to the harbor after a 60 year absence.  Today, our club has 900 members who participate in our many racing and cruising programs. Manhattan Sailing Club has a fleet of more than 30 club-owned J/24 sailboats that our members sail in New York Harbor.  Our main fleet is docked at Dennis Conner's North Cove, in front of the World Financial Center in Battery Park City, Lower Manhattan.  We also have two magnificent clubhouses,  Arabella and the Honorable William Wall. For more information, please visit:  http://www.myc.org

MORRIS-JUMEL MANSION

Morris-Jumel Mansion (MJM) is Manhattan's oldest house and presents American life from the colonial era to the present by preserving, collecting and interpreting history, culture and the arts to engage and inspire diverse audiences. Morris-Jumel Mansion prides itself on serving and valuing the community by linking history to current times and the future. Morris-Jumel is a truly unique historic house and our commitment to historical accuracy, authenticity, and the highest professional standards at MJM, has resulted in accreditation from the American Association of Museums. For more information, please visit:  http://www.morris-jumel.org/

Mount Vernon

Since 1860, more than 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon the most popular historic home in America. Through thought-provoking tours, entertaining events, and stimulating educational programs on the estate and in classrooms, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.” Mount Vernon is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, founded in 1853. Admission fees, restaurant and retail proceeds, along with private donations, support the operation and restoration of Mount Vernon. With its latest initiative, The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Mount Vernon is affirming its status as the preeminent center of learning about George Washington, his life, character of leadership, and legacy. In addition to safeguarding original books and manuscripts, the Library serves as a center for leadership, where scholars, influencers, and other luminaries come together to talk about the past as well as the future, inspired by Washington’s extraordinary life, achievements, and character. For more information, please visit: www.mountvernon.org

MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

The Museum of the American Revolution will tell the complete story of the American Revolution using its distinguished collection of objects, artifacts, artwork, and manuscripts. Permanent and special exhibition galleries, theaters, and large-scale tableaux will bring to life the original “greatest generation,” and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the American Revolution. The Museum will be built steps away from where the Declaration of Independence was drafted, debated and adopted; and adjacent to Carpenter’s Hall, where the First Continental Congress met, and Franklin Court, Benjamin Franklin’s home. For more information, please visit: http://www.amrevmuseum.org/

NATIONAL MARITIME HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The National Maritime Historical Society is the national voice for America’s maritime heritage—helping to raise awareness of our nation’s history and the role seafaring has played in shaping the United States of America along with the rest of the world. From its beginnings as a small group of maritime preservationists that came together determined to save an 1899 merchant barque, Kaiulani, the last American-built square rigger to round Cape Horn, the National Maritime Historical Society has become the standard bearer for America’s maritime history and heritage. For more information, please visit: http://www.seahistory.org/

NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE COLONIAL DAMES OF AMERICA

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America promotes appreciation for the people, places and events that led to the formation and development of our country. We are an unincorporated association of 44 Corporate Societies with more than 15,000 members. The NSCDA has been a leader in the field of historic preservation, restoration and the interpretation of historic sites since its New York Society first undertook the preservation of the Van Cortlandt House in 1897. The National Society headquarters is located at Dumbarton House, a Federal period house museum in Washington, D.C. For more information, please see: http://nscda.org/

THE NAVAL HISTORICAL FOUNDATION

The Naval Historical Foundation is dedicated to preserving and honoring the legacy of those who came before us. Working closely with the U.S. Navy, the Naval Historical Foundation ensures that naval history remains in the forefront of American thought. Of utmost importance is the Navy’s flagship museum, the National Museum of the United States Navy, located in Washington, D.C.  For more information, please visit: http://www.navyhistory.org/

NAVY LEAGUE

The Navy League has three missions: To enhance the morale of active duty personnel and their families; To inform Congress and the American public on the importance of strong Sea Services; To support youth through programs such as the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, NJROTC and Young Marines, that expose young people to the values of our Sea Services. Over the years, the Navy League has compiled an impressive record of accomplishment.  Today the Navy League is widely respected by citizens, community and industrial leaders, and public officials.  Navy League programs are welcomed in communities throughout the nation, and members are recognized for their integrity and patriotism. Please visit: http://www.nynavyleague.org/

NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The New-York Historical Society, one of America's pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. http://www.nyhistory.org

OPERA LAFAYETTE

Opera Lafayette is an American period instrument ensemble focused on the French 18th-century opera repertoire and its precursors, influences, and artistic legacy. Opera Lafayette inspires a love of this repertoire by presenting rediscovered masterpieces and creating a recorded legacy of its work. Opera Lafayette performs at the highest level of artistic excellence in major theaters in Washington, New York, and international venues. Opera Lafayette educates and creates new audiences for its repertoire by making opera accessible to the general public, families, young people, and underserved audiences through its educational and outreach programs and performances in low-cost alternative venues. For more information, please visit:  http://www.operalafayette.org

PRESERVATION MARYLAND

Preservation Maryland is the statewide historic preservation organization for Maryland.  Founded in 1931, it is America’s second oldest statewide preservation organization and continues to be a national leader in the preservation movement.  In addition to playing a critically important role in saving numerous nationally significant historic sites throughout Maryland, the organization also has an aggressive education program, coordinates statewide public policy advocacy, provides grants to historic preservation projects, and leads Maryland’s coalition of historic, archeological, cultural, and related disciplines.  For more information, please visit: http://www.preservationmaryland.org/

SISTER CITIES YORKTOWN

Sister Cities Yorktown supports and nourishes its relationship with the Mediterranean village of Port-Vendres, France, with which it shares a rich history. We strive to create opportunities for educational and cultural exchange for the enrichment of York County residents and our French friends. Our goal is to foster a culture of citizen diplomacy. Please visit: http://sistercitiesyorktown.org/

SONS OF THE REVOLUTION

Sons of the Revolution was founded in 1876 by members of the Society of the Cincinnati wishing to broaden participation in preserving the American Heritage on the eve of this country's centennial. Its mission is to promote knowledge and appreciation of the achievement of American independence and to foster fellowship among its members. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization devoted to the principles and ideals of its founders, the modern Society maintains its headquarters, in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia with 30 societies in the United States and Europe. Please visit: http://www.sr1776.org/index.php

THOMAS JEFFERSON FOUNDATION

Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.—the private, nonprofit organization that has owned and operated Monticello since 1923—and its Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies (ICJS) have created a network of scholars, teachers, and students who engage a global audience in a dialogue with Jefferson’s ideas. The mission of the ICJS is to foster Thomas Jefferson scholarship and disseminate findings through research and education. For more information, please visit:  http://www.monticello.org/

TOURISM COGNAC

Tourism Cognac: Visiting Cognac, France means first of all discovering its universally known “eau-de-vie”.  In the silence of the cellars, behind the walls darkened by the « torula coniacensis » (microscopic fungus which feeds itself with the vapor of alcohol called the Angels’s Share), the initiated can now discover and understand the elaboration of the alchemy. For more information about all Cognac's sights, local activities and much more, please visit: http://tourism-cognac.com/en

TOURISM POITOU-CHARENTES

Tourism Poitou-Charentes: Sandy beaches, historic towns, pretty villages, golden sunflower fields and elegant châteaux… But the Poitou-Charentes is not just beautiful, it’s also full of things to see and do – cycling, riding, water sports, fishing, festivals, markets, fun parks and animal parks and more. For more information, visit: http://www.visit-poitou-charentes.com/
EDUCATION PARTNER

Lafayette College

Lafayette College was founded by the citizens of Easton, PA in 1826, the year after the Marquis' historic tour of the United States. In so doing, the written declaration stated, “That as a testimony of respect for the talents, virtues and signal services of General La Fayette in the great cause of freedom, the said institution be named, ‘La Fayette.’” For more information, please see: www.lafayette.edu