January 31, 2015
Hermione-Lafayette Rallies Support in Coral Gables, Florida
The Florida Friends of Hermione- Lafayette in America, Inc., with Florida Hermione representatives Brigitte van den Hove-Smith, Jean Heuschen and Agnes Haddad, in collaboration with the French Consul General and the French-American Chamber of Commerce held a successful reception at French Consul General Philippe Letrilliart’s residence in Coral Gables for 100 guests Thursday evening, January 22—the kick off of the Florida Hermione Voyage 2015 series of events. Chef Gui prepared a sumptuous buffet accompanied by Champagne and wines provided by Moët Hennessy. Guests were Americans and French business leaders, diplomats, sailing and heritage enthusiasts as well as media and social media representatives – French Morning, Air France Magazine, Radio Nova International, Agence France Presse (AFP) and The Foodie Gurus.
Noting the enthusiastic turnout for the event, Brigitte van den Hove-Smith also commended the presence of 15 descendants of Admiral Pierre-Claude, Marquis DuQuesne, a Navy officer on board the Hermione with the ship’s Commander La Touche-Treville. She added that some of these female DuQuesne descendants are Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and members of the Coral Gables Chapter. In addition DAR Florida State Officers were also present at the Hermione reception, among them the National Vice Chairman, Lineage Research, French Task Force, Debbie Duay, who will soon publish a list of more than 50,000 names of French patriots who fought along side the Americans during the American Revolution.
For more information about upcoming Florida events to celebrate Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, please see: Florida Events