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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
LAFAYETTE IN FOCUS AT UPCOMING MONTICELLO SYMPOSIUM
A TALK WITH UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA PROFESSOR ANDREW JACKSON O’SHAUGHNESSY March 28, 2014

DR. ANDREW JACKSON O'SHAUGHNESSY, RIGHT, IS AN EXPERT ON THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD; HIS LATEST BOOK, LEFT, EXAMINES BRITISH LEADERS' ATTITUDES AND POLICIES DURING OUR FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE.

WITHOUT THE CLOSE COOPERATION AMONG COMTE DE ROCHAMBEAU, ABOVE, LAFAYETTE AND WASHINGTON, THE FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE FROM GREAT BRITAIN MIGHT HAVE FAILED.

IT WAS LAFAYETTE'S CRAFTY MOVEMENT OF HIS AMERICAN AND FRENCH TROOPS THAT "DISTRACTED CORNWALLIS (PICTURED ABOVE) FROM RANSACKING VIRGINIA," ACCORDING TO DR. O'SHAUGHNESSY. THESE WILY MOVES BY LAFAYETTE WHICH SET THE STAGE FOR CORNWALLIS'S ULTIMATE ENTRAPMENT AND DEFEAT AT YORKTOWN IN 1781.

THE ROBERT H. SMITH INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR JEFFERSON STUDIES, MONTICELLO.

WHILE NEVER AS CLOSE A FATHER-SON RELATIONSHIP THAT LAFAYETTE, RIGHT, HAD WITH WASHINGTON, JEFFERSON'S RAPPORT WITH THE "HERO OF TWO WORLDS" WAS CLOSE AND SINCERE; EACH SHED TEARS ON THEIR REUNION AT MONTICELLO IN 1824.

IT WAS THE HERMIONE, DEPICTED HERE IN AN 18TH CENTURY PAINTING BY ROSSEL DE CERCY, THAT CARRIED LAFAYETTE TO AMERICA IN 1780 WITH NEWS, TROOPS AND SUPPLIES FURNISHED BY FRENCH KING LOUIS XVI.

A TALK WITH UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA PROFESSOR ANDREW JACKSON O’SHAUGHNESSY

Editor’s Note: Dr. Andrew O’Shaughnessy is the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, as well as a Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He is the author of “An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean” (2000) as well as his new work, “The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire,” now available.

Recently, Pascale Richard, Director of Education, Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, talked with Dr. O’Shaughnessy about the important relationship between Lafayette and Jefferson and plans for an upcoming symposium about “Lafayette and the European Friends of the American Revolution,” scheduled for in 2015.

 Pascale Richard: You are organizing a symposium on the War of Independence/ Lafayette for June 12-14 2015 .  Could you tell us a bit more about the program and the guests?

Dr. O’Shaughnessy: The topic of the program will be “Lafayette and European Friends of the American Revolution.”  The aim is to invite the leading scholars with particular emphasis upon Lafayette and France.  However, we shall include some papers on the Netherlands and Spain.  The scholars will be selected from those doing the most current work on the topic and who have used archives in both Europe and the US.

Q: What is the ultimate goal of this symposium?

A: The aim is to show the importance of European allies in the success of the American Revolution. The British justifiably hoped that the revolution would go bankrupt in the months before Yorktown. Washington had to borrow money personally from Rochambeau to march from New York to Williamsburg and Yorktown. The US was heavily depending on funding from France. The US also needed the French navy without which Cornwallis could have escaped from Yorktown.

The assistance of France deflected the British war effort throughout the globe after 1778.  However, my recent book “The Men Who Lost America” shows that Britain’s behavior was affected by France from the beginning of the war in 1775. The British did not fully mobilize their armed forces for fear that France would enter the war as an ally of the US. The cost was a major factor in the bankruptcy of the French treasury leading to the French Revolution.  There were more French sailors and soldiers at Yorktown than Americans. It is one reason – in addition to a sense of honor – that the British tried to surrender to the French rather than the Americans.

Q: As an historian how do you see the role of Lafayette/ France in the War of Independence?

A: Lafayette has always been the favorite foreign ally of the revolution among Americans. It is partly because he joined the cause even before war broke out with France. He was idealistically committed. He was also the favorite of Washington. His military importance relates largely to his activities in Virginia in 1781 when he had independent command and led an outnumbered army, which distracted Cornwallis from ransacking Virginia.  He kept the British general busy until Washington and Rochambeau arrived to inflict the final blow at Yorktown.

Q: Since 2003 you are the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello. Can you tell us a bit more about your responsibility and activities there?

A: The center is the hub of the research and academic activities of Monticello, the home of Jefferson. It is a seventy-eight acre campus with its own library. It aims to do original research and disseminate information on Jefferson. It publishes the papers of Jefferson for his retirement period (1809-1826), which includes correspondence with Lafayette.

It publishes monographs and has one of the leading archaeological departments in the country, which has spearheaded a digital archaeological archive of comparative slavery in the American south and the Caribbean (DAACS).

It has a fellowship program, which provides stipends and scholars of whom a third are from abroad.  The most recent scholar from France was Franҫois Specq, Professor of American Literature and Culture and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, who is doing the first full translation of Jefferson’s “Notes on the State of Virginia.”  It also hosts conferences and does at least one annual conference abroad, which has included two recently in Paris.  Other venues in the last two years included Cuba, China and Russia.

Q: Could you say a word about the relationship between Lafayette and Jefferson?

A: Their relationship was close. They corresponded throughout Jefferson’s life and they met at Monticello in 1824. It was very emotional reunion with scarcely a dry eye among the crowds of spectators. They dined together in the Rotunda that Jefferson had designed for his new University of Virginia. Jefferson was the ultimate Francophile whose ideas and architecture were much influenced by France.  He saw France as the natural ally of the United States rather than Britain. This is why President Obama was the first sitting president to bring another head of state to Monticello and he chose President Hollande.

For more information, please see: http://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/conferences-symposia

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