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Aug8
HISTORIC RE-ENACTORS ADD AUTHENTICITY TO HERMIONE 2015 VOYAGE
Aug5
Say Au Revoir to The Hermione: Last Stop in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Before Returning to France
Jul28
Lafayette at Monticello: “The Happy days I Have Past” : A Talk with Assistant Curator Emilie Johnson, Monticello
Jul21
A Talk with Ursula Reed, Chair, Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route, and Dr. Robert Selig, Historian, W3R-US
Jul18
HERMIONE MAKES A BIG IMPACT IN CASTINE, MAINE – ON BASTILLE DAY, JULY 14, 2015
Jul13
HERMIONE FRIGATE ARRIVES IN BOSTON TO TUMULTUOUS WELCOME ON JULY 11, 2015
Jul11
A Talk with David Dearinger, Curator of Lafayette: An American Icon at the Boston Athenæum
Jul10
Hermione Arrives in Historic Newport, Rhode Island
Jul9
Greenport, NY Greets Hermione with Great Fanfare July 6-7 Visit Warmly Welcomed on Long Island
Jul5
HERMIONE FRIGATE IN VIEW OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY DURING JULY 4 PARADE OF SHIPS
Jul2
Triumphant Arrival of Hermione to New York’s Pier 15 at South Street Seaport Museum
Jun29
THE HERMIONE RE-ENACTMENT DINNER AT PHILADELPHIA’S CITY TAVERN IS AN AUTHENTIC BLAST! Marquis-mania Enlivens Philadelphia Waterfront with Tall Ships
Jun25
FRENCH-AMERICAN LIAISON EXTRAORDINAIRE: A TALK WITH NICOLE YANCEY
Jun22
HERMIONE’S BENEDICT DONNELLY SPEAKS IN ANNAPOLIS
Jun17
A Conversation with Paul Raschilla, Partner, AKF Group A Supporter of Hermione’s Visit to the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland
Jun10
Fireworks At Mount Vernon, Virginia During Hermione’s Visit on June 9, 2015
Jun8
Hermione Arrives In Yorktown With A Bang!
Jun2
Rendezvous of France’s Hermione and U.S. Navy’s USS Mitscher Off Virginia Coast
Jun1
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE ASSOCIATION HERMIONE-LA FAYETTE
May29
A Talk with Dr. Valerie Paley, New-York Historical Society on Its Current Exhibit: “Lafayette’s Return: The “Boy General,” the American Revolution, and the Hermione.”
May26
The Florida Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America Host Four Successful Fundraisers Collecting $200,000
May7
Lafayette’s Arrival on April 27, 1780 Celebrated By Massachusetts Lafayette Society On Hancock’s Wharf, Boston
May5
Hermione-Lafayette President Miles Young Addresses Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
Apr30
WORLD PREMIERE OF LAFAYETTE,
Apr13
LAFAYETTE, THE PLAY at FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall Theater in New York
Apr7
LAFAYETTE COMES ALIVE: A TALK WITH LAURENT FERRI, CURATOR AND ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Apr2
Lafayette’s Key Role in the American Revolution is Celebrated in a New Society of the Cincinnati Exhibit
Mar25
FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA GATHER IN PALM BEACH FOR CELEBRATORY GALA
Mar24
Gérard Araud, French Ambassador Welcomes Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. at Washington, D.C. Reception
Mar18
PRINCE CHARLES LEARNS OF HERMIONE’S VISIT TO GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MOUNT VERNON
Mar15
Commonwealth of Virginia Declares March 14 as Lafayette Day
Mar14
Hermione Frigate Welcomes Hennessy on Board
Mar9
HERMIONE’S ARTISANAL ACHIEVEMENT
Feb18
AHOY! HERMIONE SETS SAIL TO AMERICA….AGAIN!
Feb14
French Language Students in New England Invited To Enter Hermione Contest
Jan31
Hermione-Lafayette Rallies Support in Coral Gables, Florida
Jan18
2015 – The Year of Hermione Comes to the United States
Dec23
FRANCE MAGAZINE DEVOTES COVER STORY TO THE HERMIONE!
Dec9
THE MARQUIS: LAFAYETTE RECONSIDERED
Dec8
FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA SALUTE OUR ARMED FORCES ON VETERANS DAY
Dec4
LAFAYETTE SYMPOSIUM AT LYCÉE FRANÇAIS DE NEW YORK
Dec4
NYC GATHERING WITH MILES YOUNG, PRESIDENT, FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA
Dec3
BRITISH TRAVEL WRITERS COMMEND HERMIONE FRIGATE PROJECT IN 2014
Nov12
ABOARD HERMIONE: MARC JENSEN’S LOG NOTES
Oct15
GALA HIGHLIGHTS FROM FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA ON THE USS INTREPID
Oct14
FOH-LA’S MARC JENSEN ON BOARD HERMIONE IN BORDEAUX!
Oct10
HERMIONE’S TRIUMPHAL ARRIVAL IN BORDEAUX!
Sep16
THE SIEGE WILL COMMENCE TOMORROW AT YORKTOWN
Sep8
HERMIONE ON ITS WAY TO THE ATLANTIC!
Sep6
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAFAYETTE!
Sep2
THE PERILS OF PEACE – CELEBRATING THE 231ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES
Aug21
MARC JENSEN – HERMIONE’S “MARITIME AMBASSADOR”
Jul13
LAFAYETTE – HERO OF TWO WORLDS, THREE REVOLUTIONS
Jul3
CHEF WALTER STAIB VISITS HERMIONE TO FILM “A TASTE OF HISTORY” EPISODE
Jun25
MILES YOUNG RECEIVES NAVY LEAGUE’s LEADERSHIP AWARD
Jun11
FRENCH NAVY FRIGATE LA FAYETTE VISITS YORKTOWN COMMEMORATING FRANCO-AMERICAN ALLIANCE
Jun9
GALA CELEBRATES HERMIONE FRENCH FRIGATE OF LIBERTY ABOARD USS INTREPID on OCTOBER 14, 2014
May22
AHOY! SAVE THE DATE: OCT. 14, 2014 GALA ABOARD THE INTREPID TO CELEBRATE HERMIONE 2015 VOYAGE
Apr15
MEET ANNE RENAULT – HERMIONE’S SAILMAKER
Apr10
BEFORE NEW AMSTERDAM, NEW YORK WAS CALLED NEW ANGOULÊME!
Mar28
LAFAYETTE IN FOCUS AT UPCOMING MONTICELLO SYMPOSIUM
Mar25
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 7 – ANCHORS AWAY!
Mar18
YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT LAFAYETTE WAS A FAMOUS HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Feb23
DRUM ROLL FOR L’HERMIONE FROM SONS OF THE REVOLUTION!
Feb16
ADOPTED SON: WASHINGTON, LAFAYETTE, AND THE FRIENDSHIP THAT SAVED THE REVOLUTION
Feb6
VISIT TO MONTICELLO BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PRESIDENT HOLLANDE OF FRANCE
Feb3
FLORIDA TO SUPPORT LAFAYETTE’S 2015 HERMIONE VOYAGE
Feb2
PHILADELPHIA PREPARES FOR LAFAYETTE’S 2015 HERMIONE VOYAGE
Jan27
A FRENCH SILVER BOTTLE SLIDER: LAFAYETTE’S GIFT TO WASHINGTON
Jan16
MILES YOUNG BRINGS LESSONS OF L’HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE TO LYCEE FRANCAIS de NEW YORK
Jan14
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 6 – THE SPRITSAIL, SYMBOL OF ANCIENT NAVIGATION
Dec31
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 5: HERMIONE’S BALLAST: STABLE AND STRONG
Dec27
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 4: HERMIONE ARTISANS SET SAIL IN A RUSSIAN FRIGATE
Dec2
PBS – “LAFAYETTE: THE LOST HERO” AIRS 9PM, DECEMBER 3, 2013
Nov15
“RECREATING LAFAYETTE’S FRIGATE” IN THE NEW YORK TIMES
Nov11
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 3: POWERING THE HERMIONE
Sep26
NEW YORK WELCOMES HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE VOYAGE 2015 TO THE USA AT FRENCH CONSULATE RECEPTION ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2013
Sep25
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 2: GETTING THE DETAILS RIGHT
Sep25
WELCOME TO OUR BRAND NEW WEBSITE
Sep24
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 1: WELCOME!
Sep23
INTRODUCING OUR NEW LOGO
Sep19
AUTHENTICITY BUT WITH A TOUCH OF MODERNITY
Sep19
THE THIRD MAST IS INSTALLED
Jun15
RISING SPLENDOR
Apr4
L’HERMIONE GAINS HER FINAL TWO LOWER MASTS
Mar25
THE FIRST STAGE OF THE MAST CONSTRUCTION
Nov12
UNVEILING OF THE FIGUREHEAD
Mar31
MARCH 2012 PHOTO GALLERY BY PHILIP PLISSON
Jan20
REBIRTH OF THE BOAT LOCKS
Jan17
PREPARING FOR LAUNCH, PHASE 2: THE SHORING
Jan5
PREPARING FOR LAUNCH, PHASE 1: DISMANTLING THE TENT
Dec28
INSTALLATION OF THE ENGINES
Dec14
COMPLETION OF THE ORNAMENTS
Nov18
FLANGES FOR THE ENGINE
Nov15
END OF THE HULL’S PAINT JOB
Nov11
COMPLETION OF THE QUARTER GALLERIES
Jul8
THE RIGGING: START OF THE WORK
A Talk with David Dearinger, Curator of Lafayette: An American Icon at the Boston Athenæum
July 11, 2015

The iconic image of Major General Lafayette at Yorktown, with James Armistead, who was born into slavery, but whose master allowed him to serve Lafayette during the American Revolution. Armistead performed as a spy for Lafayette during the siege of Yorktown.Photo Credit: Jean-Baptiste Le Paon (1736–1785) Lafayette at Yorktown, ca. 1783–1785 Oil on canvas, 36½ x 28¾ inches Lafayette College, Easton, PA. Gift of Helen Fahnstock Hubbard in memory of her husband, John Hubbard, Harvard class of 1892

The famous plaster bust of Lafayette by Jean-Antoine Houdon, from the collection of the Boston thenæum.Photo Credit: . Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741–1828) Marquis de Lafayette, before 1789 Plaster, 29 3/8 x 20 1/8 x 19¾ inches, Boston Athenæum, Purchase, 1828 (Image © President and Fellows of Harvard College)

Painted by the famed inventor Samuel Finley Breese Morse, the artist captures the spirit of Lafayette in 1825, at the end of the American 1824-1825- tour by “Hero of Two Worlds.” Photo Credit: Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791–1872) Marquis de Lafayette, 1825 Oil on canvas, 29¾ x 24¾ inches Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR (Photograph by Dwight Primiano)

Editor’s Note: David Dearinger, PhD, the Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Paintings & Sculpture and Director of Exhibitions at the Boston Athenæum, organized the current exhibition entitled, “Lafayette: An American Icon,” which runs from June 17 to September 27, 2015. The Boston Athenæum is located at 10 ½ Beacon Street, near the Massachusetts Statehouse. This exhibition, which is inspired by the recent reconstruction of the Hermione, the ship that brought Lafayette back to America in 1780, celebrates Lafayette’s role in the founding of this country. It focuses on portraits of Lafayette and illustrations of the events that brought him closest to this country and its citizens.

 

The Hermione visited Boston July 11-12, 2015, so this interview with Mr. Dearinger is timely for all the supporters and followers of the Hermione 2015 Voyage Project.

Q: From what angle did you pursue in assembling your Lafayette exhibit?

A:   Obviously, there are hundreds of angles from which one could approach the topic of the Marquis de Lafayette. As an art historian with a specialty in American art—and with only one year in which to create this exhibition—I decided to focus the exhibit on images of Lafayette—paintings, sculptures, and engravings—knowing that this would require borrowing objects from (many) other institutions.

Q: We know that Lafayette spent very little time in Boston, did this pose a challenge as you planned the exhibit?

A:   The exhibition is not about Lafayette’s connection to Boston (or Bostonians’ opinions of him—like most Americans post-Revolution and certainly by 1824, they basically thought he was a god, second only to Washington) and does not contain items that are particularly relevant to that topic. Probably a quick look at the indexes of the major Lafayette biographies etc. would shed some light on that. It is just not a specific aspect of this huge topic that interested me or, I think that would make a compelling exhibition.

Q:   How did the bust of Lafayette by Houdon come to the Boston Athenæum?

A:   The bust of Lafayette by Houdon was brought to Boston, along with other objects from Monticello—including the Boze painting of Lafayette that is also in the exhibition, lent by the Massachusetts Historical Society—following Jefferson’s death in 1826. Like Washington, Jefferson left a mountain of debt and his family (on the Coolidge side) [Ed. Note: A grand-daughter of Thomas Jefferson, Ellen Wayles Randolph married Joseph Coolidge, a Boston merchant.] scrambled to sell as much as they could. After some carryings on, the Athenæum acquired the bust, along with others by Houdon (Franklin, Washington) and at least one painting (Mather Brown’s portrait of John Adams), from the Coolidge descendants and it has been in the Athenæum’s collection ever since, one of the greater masterpieces of art that we own.

Q: What are some of the other items of the “Lafayette: An American Icon” exhibit worth noting?

A:   Among these are the American Revolutionary battles of Brandywine and Yorktown and the winter that the American forces spent at Valley Forge; Lafayette’s relationship with Washington and his family as exemplified by the Marquis’s visits to Mount Vernon; and Lafayette’s triumphal farewell tour of the United States made on the occasion of the nation’s 50th anniversary. As is the case with all heroes—and as will be seen in these galleries—Lafayette’s ideals and the events of his life provided artists on both sides of the Atlantic with the narrative and iconographic material that they needed to make great art. Thus, they could frame Lafayette’s ideals as worthy of emulation and his life as a reliable source of inspiration.

For information, please visit: bostonathenaeum.org/exhibitions/lafayette-american-icon