November 15, 2013
In the Sunday, November 10, 2013 edition of The New York Times Travel Section, reporter Tanya Mohn wrote about the Association Hermione-La Fayette and its American counterpart and partner, Friends of Hermione-LaFayette in America and their joint efforts to build a replica of the French frigate L’Hermione and sail it to America in 2015; a number of the planned ports of call include Yorktown, Baltimore, New York and Boston.
Enjoy reading the article and know the time is now for all hands on deck to join this great adventure. Come aboard you nautical buffs, you dedicated Francophiles, and you amateur historians of the American Revolution as well as visiting tourists to see the tall ship replica of the French frigate that brought Lafayette to America in 1780. Miles Young, president of the Friends of Hermione-LaFayette in America non-profit group and who is also Worldwide Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ogilvy & Mather advertising and public relations agency, is quoted, referring to the place the historic voyage occupies in the overall American revolutionary war effort, “It was a tipping point.”
At each stopover of the Hermione frigate in 2015, the Friends of Hermione-LaFayette in America will partner with participating museums, cultural groups and civic organizations to mount exhibitions, cultural festivals, revolutionary naval and land-based battle re-enactments, and educational programs as well as other activities right on board the Hermione when it reaches each port of call along the Eastern seaboard. In addition, visitors will be able to go on board and see traveling/pop-up exhibitions, some of which will illuminate the critical role Lafayette played in the American Revolutionary War and the values and legacy Lafayette represents for all citizens the world over.