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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 Dr. Valerie Paley, New-York Historical Society on Its Current Exhibit: “Lafayette’s Return: The “Boy General,” the American Revolution, and the Hermione.”
May 29, 2015

A Letter from Anastasie de Lafayette to George Washington Photo Credit: Cornell University, Kroch Library, Division of Rare Books and Manuscripts

Unidentified artist, after Joseph Boze (ca. 1746–1826) Marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834), ca. 1785–90 Oil on canvas Photo Credit: New-York Historical Society 1817.2

Façade of N-Y HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY Photo Credit: New-York Historical Society

Editor’s Note: Valerie Paley, Ph.D., is the Chief Historian and Vice President for Scholarly Programs at New-York Historical Society, and the curator of the Society’s permanent installations in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History, which opened in late 2011. A graduate of Vassar College, Paley holds an MA in American Studies and a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. David Lincoln Ross, Editorial Director of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc., recently talked with Dr. Paley about the Society’s current exhibition, entitled: “Lafayette’s Return: The “Boy General,” the American Revolution, and the Hermione,” which runs from May 29-August 16, 2015.

Question:   Tell us briefly about the N-YHS collection of Lafayette-iana, who were its signature lenders and how far back in time do the earliest gifts date?

Answer:   As New York City’s oldest cultural institution and the nation’s second-oldest historical society, the New-York Historical Society has been collecting documents, books, objects, and artworks since its founding in1804.

Consequently, manuscript documents from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries made up the original corpus of our collections. I drew on some of our extraordinary materials on the American Revolution, which include the official and private papers of commanding officers. In the letters Lafayette exchanged with these men and others, I found evidence of his zeal for the American cause and got a visceral sense of how seriously he took dual role of “American” soldier and French diplomat. In fact, the New-York Historical Society holds over 250 pieces of correspondence to and from the Marquis.

Given his prominence during the revolution and continued friendships with many of America’s leading figures in the early republic, Lafayette’s correspondence can be found in a number of collections of personal papers; however, the principal cache are in the papers of the diplomat, secretary of the treasury, and Swiss immigrant, Albert Gallatin. A number of letters are also found in the papers of Robert R. Livingston, and to a lesser degree those of Horatio Gates and Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben. The Gallatin and Livingston material came to the Society in the 20th century as gifts from the respective families, while the earliest material arrived in 1816 through the donation of the Gates Papers by Gates’s widow in 1814. In addition, our museum collections are home to countless objects commemorating Lafayette’s triumphal return tour of the United States, which began with his arrival in New York in August 1824.

Q:  Tell us a bit about three of the Lafayette artifacts in the N-YHS’s permanent collections (as I understand it):

A:   Lafayette’s Ceremonial Sword, a gift from the Continental Congress—this, actually, is a treasure in the collection of the Fondation Josée et René de Chambrun. This gold-encrusted sword, commissioned by the Continental Congress, was given to Lafayette during his leave for France. Because the American envoy Benjamin Franklin was ill, his grandson officiated in the presentation on August 24, 1779. The following year, before departing for his return visit to America, Lafayette appeared before Louis XVI and his court in the uniform of an American major general, adorned with the sword. It was “indeed a Beauty,” John Adams wrote, which Lafayette wore with great pleasure.

Next, Lafayette’s Medal of the Society of the Cincinnati, presented to him by George Washington in 1784–this, too, is in the collection of the Fondation Josée et René de Chambrun. In 1783, at the close of the war, officers of the Continental Army founded the Society of the Cincinnati, in order to maintain their ties. Lafayette was an enthusiastic founding member of the Order, and even footed an unpaid jeweler’s bill for the gold and enamel badges provided to French officers. Although the Society was named after the legendary Roman “citizen-soldier” Cincinnatus to honor Washington’s own return to citizenship, some Americans, including John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, objected to the notion of a hereditary title that membership implied, as well as the medal’s insignia, which brought to mind the medals worn by European aristocrats. Adams consequently credited—and blamed—Lafayette for the Society of the Cincinnati. Certainly Lafayette was an enthusiastic founding member, but the Society was hardly his conception alone. Jefferson objected that such an organization was against the spirit of the natural equality of man, upon which the new nation was founded.
And, last of the trio: A portrait of Lafayette donated to New-York Historical by General Ebenezer Stevens, Lafayette’s Artillery Officer, during the 1780 Virginia Campaign.
Q:   What is the provenance? How did it come into the N-YHS’s collection?

A:   The portrait, after the original painting by Joseph Bose, was executed in France for General Ebenezer Stevens, who was Lafayette’s artillery officer during the revolution in the Virginia campaign of 1780. It depicts Lafayette at the pinnacle of his career, wearing the uniform of the Parisian National Guard. His lapel is adorned with three medals representing his French-American distinction: the Order of the Society of the Cincinnati; the Cross of St. Louis, presented to him by Louis XVI for his role in the war; and the Medal of the Vainqueurs de la Bastille. Stevens donated the portrait to New-York Historical in 1817.

Q:   What, in your view, is the single most important fact Americans should appreciate about the Hermione?

A: To be sure, the Hermione was an exceptionally fine French naval vessel that saw some significant action during the American Revolution, and even welcomed the American Congress aboard in May 1781.

But to my mind, it is not the ship itself but what it represented—and perhaps continues to represent—that renders it of importance: the determined spirit of a vigorous French-American alliance. There was a deliberateness with which Lafayette returned to America in 1780—not by stealth or against the king’s wishes, as with his original voyage in 1777—but with a purposefulness fully supported by the French government to help finish the war for American independence. Even though he had been passed over to command the French detachment to America, Lafayette conveyed his excitement and enthusiasm at his return in the letters he wrote aboard the Hermione, several of which are in our exhibition. Lafayette sailed ahead of the expeditionary forces to inform Washington confidentially of the happy news of French aid. Bearing a generous supply of provisions, Lafayette arrived in Boston, according to Abigail Adams, to “the ringing of Bells, fireing [sic] of cannon, bon fires, etc.” Anchored in the harbor, Lafayette wrote to Washington: “Here I am, My dear General, and in the Mist [sic] of the joy I feel in finding Myself again one of Your loving soldiers I take But the time of telling you that I Came from France on Board of a fregatt [sic] which the king gave me for my passage.”
Q:   As the N-YHS does a great job reaching out to school children, and always has done so, in its educational mission, what aspect/facet of the exhibition might be of most interest to younger visitors?

A:   We prioritize creative, multigenerational programs that champion a lifelong appreciation of history, from our DiMenna Children’s History Museum one level below this installation, to the special performances and scavenger hunts we have planned alongside this exhibition for July 4th. The history of the American Revolution will be become palpable for younger visitors when they visit with their families and learn that these events were lived and experienced by kids just like themselves—as made evident by six-year-old Anastasie de Lafeyette’s letter to George Washington:

For more information, please visit:

http://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions

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