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The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered
A talk with author laura auricchio on
lafayette’s ‘cur non’ spirit
November 26, 2014
AUTHOR AND HISTORIAN LAURA AURICCHIO, LEFT, DELVES INTO THE LIFE, CHARACTER AND LEGACY OF LAFAYETTE IN HER NEW BIOGRAPHY, "THE MARQUIS: LAFAYETTE RECONSIDERED," PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF.

PHOTOS: COURTESY OF ALFRED A. KNOPF, NEW YORK, 2014
Editor’s Note: Laura Auricchio is a specialist in eighteenth-century French history and art. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard and her PhD from Columbia University.

Question: In “The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered,” you document how Lafayette's sheltered childhood informed a grandiose notion of self. His overweening pride is something contemporaries both in France and the American colonies very quickly picked up on. Tell us about this aspect of his personality, and how it came to be?


NYC Gathering with Miles Young,
President, Friends of
Hermione-Lafayette in America 

The Daughters of the Founders and Patriots of
America  Host NYC Gathering
November 22, 2014
SHARON KAY, LEFT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE DAUGHTERS OF THE FOUNDERS AND PATRIOTS OF AMERICA (DFPA), AND MILES YOUNG, RIGHT, PRESIDENT, FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA AT NYC GATHERING ON NOVEMBER 15, 2014. On November 15, 2014, Sharon Kay, Executive Director of The Daughters of the Founders and Patriots of America (DFPA) hosted a luncheon in New York City and welcomed Miles Young, President, Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America. Young briefed more than 30 members and friends of DFPA about the upcoming 2015 voyage of the Hermione to America.

“THE ALLIANCE AND FRIENDSHIP
BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES
WILL BE ESTABLISHED IN SUCH A
WAY AS WILL LAST FOREVER.”

-GEORGE WASHINGTON
FIRST PRESIDENT
Lafayette Symposium at Lycée
Français de New York

“Lafayette: A Source of Inspiration” December 9, 2014
On December 9, 2014, the Lycée Français de New York hosts “Lafayette: A Source of Inspiration, with Laura Auricchio, Author, “The Marquis, Lafayette Reconsidered”; Diane Shaw, Curator and Director of Special Collection, Lafayette College; and Laurent Ferri, Curator, Adjunct Associate Professor, Cornell University. Highlights of the panel discussion, moderated by Pascale Richard, Director of the Cultural Center, Lycée Français de New York and Committee Member, Director of Educational Outreach, Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, include:

I. Lafayette in Two Revolutions

· Why did Lafayette come to America in the first place?

· What were his contributions to the American Revolution?


ABOARD HERMIONE:
MARC JENSEN'S LOG NOTES

In early October 2014 Hermione
embarks on a month-long voyage
November 12, 2014
HERMIONE'S CREW OF 80 CONSISTS PRIMARILY OF YOUNG FRENCH VOLUNTEERS, SO ALTHOUGH MARC JENSEN IS AN EXPERIENCED SAILOR AND FLUENT IN FRENCH, CLIMBING HIGH AMID ROPES, UNFURLING HEAVY SAILS AND MOVING CAREFULLY AMONG FELLOW SHIPMATES, WERE EXPERIENCES THAT POSED MANY CHALLENGES ALOFT NO MATTER ONE'S AGE. Of course, not being the one of the youngest to climb aloft added a layer of effort for me to make, to both prepare for this and to live it, that many of my co-sailors simply took for granted. But, believing that you take out what you put into a job, I gave it my all and was repaid so many times over for taking this challenge on.

“Humanity has won its battle.
Liberty now has a country.”

-Marquis de Lafayette
Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in
America Salute Our Armed
Forces on Veterans Day

On this solemn day, Friends of Hermione-Lafayette
in America salute all our Veterans
November 11, 2014
Four U.S. soldiers, runners for the 315th Infantry, pose in France in November 1918. The troops reportedly carried official orders to Lt. Col. Bunt near Etraye, France, shortly before noon, Nov. 11, 1918, announcing that the armistice had been signed, thereby ending World War I. "On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars."

British Travel Writers Commend Hermione
Frigate Project in 2014

Congratulations! Frigate Hermione Project / France
Receives HIGHLY COMMENDED Honor
NOVEMBER 2, 2014
Each year, the British Guild of Travel Writers gives out its own special awards at a gala dinner on the eve of World Travel Market. These recognise the Best UK, Best European and Best ‘Wider World’ Tourism Projects. Each of these categories has a Winner and two Highly Commended awards and, for those shortlisted, a Merit award.