Exciting New Partnership for the National Park Service, W3R-US and FOHLA
May 22, 2015
The National Park Service (NPS) and the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail Association (W3R-US) have joined the Friends of the Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. (FOHLA) as supporting partners. Our collaborative relationship reinforces our common goal of re-living and remembering history.
The Hermione, a replica of the 18th Century French frigate that transported the Marquis de Lafayette from France to America in 1780 with news that France was sending 5,500 troops to fight the British, will be touring the east coast along with other tall ships this summer. The frigate’s east coast tour will begin when she sails into Virginia on June 5th, in Yorktown, and ends on July 18th in Nova Scotia, after calling at 12 ports, to return to France. The event commemorates the Franco-American alliance of 1778, and highlights both nations’ long history of cooperation in the cause of liberty. The Friends of the Hermione -Lafayette in America, Inc. and dozens of partner organizations are inviting the public to join in welcoming the Hermione and are planning a wide range of dockside events and interpretive programs, as well as onboard tours.
The National Park Service, with its upcoming NPS Centennial, will provide information about the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail and NPS-US sites related to the American Revolution. W3R-US will also focus on the historic American and French Alliance and the campaign over land and by sea that led to the siege at Yorktown. Together, our partnership builds awareness, provides educational programs and creates experiences around the Franco-American alliance at each of the venues the Hermione visits.
For more information about the Hermione Voyage 2015 and the events schedule please visit http://hermione2015.com/voyage2015/. To learn more about the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail and the NPS, please visit http://www.nps.gov/waro/index.htm or visit the W3R-US website at http:www.w3r-us.org.