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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
FRENCH-AMERICAN LIAISON EXTRAORDINAIRE: A TALK WITH NICOLE YANCEY
June 25, 2015

From the Bi-Centennial celebrations in 1976 to the Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America today, Nicole Yancey has been a tireless supporter of French-American friendship and cross-cultural exchanges. Photo Credit: NBC News

D-Day veteran Cary Jarvis received the French Legion of Honor by retired French Consulate Nicole Yancey and (center) Col. Denys Columb, the French national liaison representative to Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. Jarvis was one of two dozen World War II vets honored at a ceremony in December at the French Embassy in Washington, but he couldn't attend because wasn’t well enough to make the trip from his home in Virginia Beach. Photo credit: David B. Hollingsworth / The Virginia Pilot

Editor’s Note: The upcoming Hermione-Lafayette Parade of Ships in New York Harbor on July 4, 2015 will be one of the most anticipated events since Operation Sail in 1976, in celebration of our Bi-Centennial anniversary.

 http://parade.hermione2015.com 

Nicole Yancey, a native of Orleans, France, moved to the U.S. in the early 1970s and has worked tirelessly to advance bi-lateral relations between her native France and America ever since, from our Bi-Centennial celebrations in 1976 to the Hermione Voyage 2015 project. As France’s Honorary Consul in Virginia, she has also played an important role as liaison between France and the National Park Service in the passage and establishment of both the Yorktown Victory Center and the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route, the latter a 680-mile trail from Newport, Rhode Island to Yorktown, Virginia. Here are highlights from a recent conversation with David Lincoln Ross, Editorial Director, Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc.

Q: When did you first hear about Hermione 2015 project, and with whom do you partner and work with these days?

I learned about it in the late 1990. I have many friends in the Poitou-Charentes area as well as involved with the re-construction of the Hermione. Françoise Jouanneau – who is a former Rochefort citizen – is founding member of the Association Hermione La Fayette and former deputy mayor of Rochefort , was guest at my house about that time. We discussed the possibility for re-enactors to travel to Rochefort and do a bivouac in Rochefort; it was done in 2001 with great success.

Q: When did you first came to the USA and what is your earliest association with being involved in fostering better relations between your native France and your adopted country?

A: I first came to the US as a student in political science and history. I started working with what was called at the time Virginia Independence Bicentennial Committee in 1974 as coordinator for French participation in the Bi-Centennial Celebration in Virginia. As such, I worked with many Governors such as Mills Godwin, John Dalton, Chuck Robb, Gerald Baliles and George Allen.

Q: Is it true you played a role in our country’s Bicentennial Celebrations in 1976? What did you do?

A: I coordinated French participation and I have remained active with Franco-American celebrations in the Commonwealth of Virginia until now.

Q: This involvement led to a number of subsequent and significant contributions of yours to various local, state and national French-American cultural, historical and other projects, what were they from the late 1970s to the present?

A: Yorktown Bi-Centennial 1981; Peace Treaties commemoration in Paris and Versailles 1983; Supervising design and construction of the French Memorial in Yorktown Battlefield 1989; “Son et Lumière” on the life of Rochambeau at his estate in Thoré-La-Rochette, near Vendôme, France; 1988; Son et Lumière “The Era of Liberty” in Vendômois in 1989, both times at the request of French Ministry of Culture; In 1992 in Hampton, Virginia, “The Era of Liberty,” adapted to combine French and American revolutions. This is to name a few.

In addition, I facilitated the creation of numerous sister-city relationships in Virginia. As an Honorary Consul of Virginia, I traveled throughout the state at least twice a year to assist in French activities, from a D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, to presenting Legion of Honor awards to WWII Veterans during the last 25 years.

Q: When did you first become aware and involved with the idea and project of the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route, known as W3R-US? Tell us briefly about this wonderful trail open to the public?

A: The first “formal” meeting was held in Yorktown with four long-time friends—the late Dr. Jacques Bossière, former French Senator André Maman, Christian Bickert (then chair of “The American Society of Le Souvenir Français) and Serge Gabriel—dates back to early 2000.

Q: Tell us briefly about your role over the subsequent years and working with your colleagues and the National Park Service (NPS)?

A: I have been working with the NPS as a volunteer since 1974, with NPS Headquarters in Yorktown in one capacity or the other, but always coordinating French participation. When the Public Management Act was passed by Congress in 2009 and the Washington-Rochambeau Route came into the National Trail System, I was and am still surprised that there was the very little interest and attention on Virginia from W3R-US (most of the state members had never visited Yorktown.). I therefore decided that I would put my energy in tracing the National Historic Trail (NHT) in Virginia and received tremendous support from National Park Service.

Q: Thanks to your longstanding efforts, you have been awarded not only France’s National Order of Merit, but also other distinguished honors, including The Legion of Honor. What is your guiding philosophy in your 30+ years in fostering French-American friendship?

A: Before settling in America, my parents were close friends with the Delalande family who are still owners of “Chateau de Tilly”, the last residence of Admiral de Grasse, who played a critical role in the siege of Yorktown. Through one of their nephews (an in-law), then sous-préfet of Vendôme, I also became friend and still am very close to the Rochambeau family and spend much time at the Estate and in turn they spend much time with us in Virginia. I will be traveling with Philippe and Nathalie de Gouberville, leading the group “Friends of Rochambeau,” after they leave Yorktown on June 7. So, with his in mind, I was surprised that very little was said about the French aid during the American Revolution and through acquaintances of my father-in law, I was privileged to meet a local historian by the name of Parke Rouse, who was director of what is now the Jamestown/Yorktown Foundation.

The Yorktown Victory Center was in construction and Parke was looking for a person speaking French to help secure loans from French museums and private collections for the opening of the museum on April 1, 1976. At that time, I was already involved with the Virginia Independence Bicentennial Committee since I was president of Alliance Française and was working with the city of Hampton on a sister-city project with Vendôme. So, as you can appreciate, the Virginia Peninsula is a small community and one after the other, doors opened for me and may I say that I will always be very grateful because it allowed me to use my own talents as a French expat who was having much difficulty settling in her new country.

Q: What do you think it is about Lafayette’s life that can speak to young people in America? 

A: May I say that contrary to many, I am not a Lafayette fan. I do recognize his many qualities of courage, enthusiasm, generosity and being young, rich and good-looking, which made him a hit in America, so the United States became and is still infatuated and under his spell. But it leaves many unsung heroes in the dark, such as de Grasse, Rochambeau and many others. There is an excellent article in the Smithsonian publication that reflects my thoughts: ” he was an unformed and untested youth of 19…he made a clumsy courtier… he… suddenly found  (himself) sidelined with little hope for advancement …it was in this context that Lafayette took up American’s (America’s or Americans’?) fight for freedom… Lafayette never fully understood that his real job was to help get France into the war, not to fight himself…”

It may be a bit harsh criticism in the light of his close relationship with Washington. At the same time, it seems incongruous that he could have thought returning to America in 1780 as commander of the French Expeditionary forces. But he must have been elated by the welcome of the citizens of Boston. Thomas Jefferson called it his “canine appetite for fame”.

Q: How important is Hermione coming to Yorktown? What is the symbolism of its voyage to the US for you?

A: Few Americans know about the incident with the Iris off Long Island (in which the Hermione defeated the British frigate); or the other naval subsequent battles along the East Coast (from present-day Nova Scotia to her part in the blockade of Chesapeake Bay during the siege of Yorktown); or the reception of the entire Congress in Philadelphia on May 4, 1781, and the fact that the Hermione sailed to and stayed in Virginia waters from late September 1781 to February 1782.  

It is also sad that history never gave Rochambeau and de Grasse the credit they were due and the Hermione was under their command in the Chesapeake. Nevertheless, and the Hermione is a very strong symbol for our two countries, and Lafayette achieved a lot on behalf of the independence of America. All that, and his “pursuit of liberty” is certainly until now the foremost value that is shared unquestionably by France and America. This, to me, is crucial to be remembered and celebrated.

For more information and support, visit: www.hermione2015.com