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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
Triumphant Arrival of Hermione to New York’s Pier 15 at South Street Seaport Museum
Auspicious Prelude to Epic July 4th Parade of Ships July 2, 2015

A Fraternity of French and American Flags Waving Welcome to the Hermione at Pier 15, South Street Seaport Museum, on July 1, 2015, New York City. Photo Credit: David Lincoln Ross for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. – All rights reserved

Left to right: Craig Stapleton, former US Ambassador to France, Christophe Navarre, Chief Executive Officer of Moët Hennessy, Jim Clerkin, CEO, Moët Hennessy USA, Miles Young, President, Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. Photo Credit: David Lincoln Ross for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. – All rights reserved

Miles Young, President of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc., thanking Craig Stapleton, former US Ambassador to France, for all his contributions and welcoming one and all aboard the Hermione in New York on July 1, 2015. Photo Credit: David Lincoln Ross for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. – All rights reserved

Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General of France in New York, addressing Hermione Captain Cariou and crew and assembled dignitaries and guests on board the Hermione in New York on July 1, 2015. Photo Credit: David Lincoln Ross for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. – All rights reserved

Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner for International Affairs, The City of New York, expressing the special welcome to distinguished guests on behalf of City of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, on board the Hermione in New York on July 1, 2015. Photo Credit: David Lincoln Ross for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. – All rights reserved

Captain Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the South Street Seaport Museum, on board the Hermione docked at Pier 15 on July 1, 2015 in New York City. Photo Credit: David Lincoln Ross for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. – All rights reserved

Brian Patterson, Senior Representative of the Oneida Nation, from Upstate New York, addressing the audience gathered on board the Hermione on July 1, 2015, New York City. Photo Credit: David Lincoln Ross for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. – All rights reserved

At New York’s South Street Seaport Museum, crowds line up on July 1, 2015, to learn about the story of Lafayette, the Hermione and the French-American alliance leading to Victory at Yorktown in 1781. This mobile exhibit is an important part of the US educational outreach of Association Hermione-La Fayette and Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc., during each port stop Hermione makes along the Eastern seaboard. Photo Credit: David Lincoln Ross for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. – All rights reserved

At a July 1, 2015 reception hosted by French Consul General of New York Bertrand Lortholary in honor of the Hermione’s visit, a quartet of Hermione crew members pause for a colorful portrait. Photo Credit: Bess Reynolds for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. – All rights reserved

Toasting the Hermione and enjoying the Hennessy ‘Cur Non’ Cocktail, Francis Dubois, Former French UN Ambassador, President of Comité du Souvenir de Lafayette, left, and Miles Young, President, Friends of Hermione-Lafayette In America, Inc., at French Consulate in New York on July 1, 2015. Photo Credit: Bess Reynolds for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. – All rights reserved

On a sultry, sunny morning of July 1, 2015, in sight of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the Hermione French Frigate of Freedom docked at Pier 15 on the East River in Lower Manhattan at the South Street Seaport Museum https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org for a long-planned Fourth of July end-of-week visit.

In a steady breeze, flags of all sizes of France and the U.S.A. flapped, hands of a thousand spectators clapped and a French Jazz Band played both New Orleans standards – “Down By The Riverside” – and popular French tunes to the delight of both the Hermione’s boisterous crew, naval and diplomatic dignitaries from France, the U.S. and the City of New York, and dozens of reporters from the international, U.S. and French media, including NBC-TV Correspondent Harry Smith.

Open to the public for tours on a first-come, first-served basis on July 2-3 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., the Hermione will attract thousands of visitors who will learn that were it not for Lafayette – known as the “Hero of Two Worlds” – and the combined might of the French Army under General Rochambeau and the French Navy under Admiral de Grasse, our country would not have achieved independence.

As The New York Times reported in its July 1, 2015 edition, the Hermione’s arrival recalled, “The year was 1824, and some 50,000 people — roughly a third of New York’s population — lined the streets for a glimpse of Lafayette, the “French founding father,” who was visiting the United States as part of a 13-month triumphal tour of the nation he had helped liberate nearly a half-century earlier.”

Following the French and US national anthems, in welcoming remarks made to the French diplomatic corps, military representatives of both countries, City of New York officials, Hermione Captain Yann Cariou and his crew, and assembled guests on board the Hermione, former U.S. Ambassador to France Craig Stapleton, who is a Board Member of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc., welcomed the distinguished guests and introduced Miles Young, President of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc., and Worldwide Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather.

In his opening remarks, Young said, “The story of the Hermione operates at many different levels.   At one level, it symbolizes a tipping point in history, the ship and the journey that brought Lafayette back to America with the message of whole hearted French support….. At another level, it is the story of modern day audacity.  Lafayette’s motto, “why not?” describes this well.  So, “why not build a completely authentic replica of a French eighteenth century frigate and sail her to the United States?”.

Among distinguished guests on board for the Hermione Welcome Ceremonies – many of whom made a short speech – were: the Mayor of Rochefort, France, M. Hervé Blanché;  Association Hermione Lafayette Director of Communications Isabelle Georget; President of the Poitou-Charentes Regional Council M. Jean-Francois Macaire; Ms. Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner for International Affairs, The City of New York; and Brian Patterson, a Senior Representative of the Oneida Nation, from upstate New York, and one of the earliest allies of the United States during the fight for independence thanks largely to Major General Lafayette.

In his welcoming remarks, the Consul General of France in New York Bertrand Lortholary said, “I am particularly pleased that L’Hermione will be in New York, last city to be liberated by George Washington in 1783, for Independence Day weekend. There couldn’t be a more powerful symbol of French-American friendship as we are about to celebrate the birth of America, and I invite you all to come see the Hermione lead the Hermione-Lafayette Parade of Ships on the Fourth of July, and salute her fellow “countrywoman”, the Statue of Liberty, for what promises to be a deeply moving and symbolic moment.”

Next, as host of the Hermione at Pier 15, Captain Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the South Street Seaport Museum, said: “The Seaport Museum is a truly appropriate place for L’Hermione to tie up. New York is a city built on its waterways, a city built on its harbor. And this, the original port of New York, is what made New York what it is…. The South Street Seaport Museum tells that story here at its East River piers, in its 19th century counting-house galleries in Schermerhorn Row, and throughout the Seaport.”

Captain Boulware finished his remarks with a call to celebrate the French frigate in the style of American sailors. “Three cheers for the good ship L’Hermione,” he sang out. The assembled crowd responded with a rousing cheer for this lovely, unique, and magical frigate that bore a delegation of friendship across the North Atlantic.

Young returned to the podium, and related, “Finally, it is my pleasure to refer again to the Association Hermione Lafayette.  We have in the audience, members of the Foundation and Board – Francois Bujon de l’Estang , Alain Bourdeaux, John Crawford.  But we’re also so pleased to have, representing M. Benedict Donnelly, Paul Le Bihan, Vice-Chairman.”

He continued, “At this point I want to acknowledge all who have worked so hard on this side of the Atlantic in our slender organization: Judi Kilachand, our Executive Director, and all our Committee members, Remi, Pascale, Nicolas, Bob, David, Tristan, Brigitte, Marc.  But one above all, today, and that is Wendy Riches, our New York Chairman – whose good humor, soft and hard! – diplomacy, formidable administrative skills have made what at various times seem impossible now look easy – which it was not.”

Last, but not least, Young concluded the ceremonies, noting, “Ladies and Gentleman, we are grateful to all our sponsors, private and corporate.  Without your support Hermione would not be here. In one case the relationship goes right back to 1779, and I am so happy to be able to introduce to you today the Chief Executive Officer of Moët Hennessy, M. Christophe Navarre.

Mr. Navarre said the Hermione 2015 Voyage and Lafayette share the same “Cur Non” spirit and that Moët Hennessy’s support is emblematic of its presence as a proud French company in the United since 1794, the year of the first document shipment of Hennessy Cognac to its U.S. importer, the predecessor company of Moët Hennessy USA. He also noted that 2015 is the 250th anniversary of the founding of Cognac Hennessy House, and on board the Hermione is a specially blended barrel of Hennessy 250th Anniversary Collector’s Blend, which will be donated at an upcoming Robin Hood Foundation fundraiser in New York City.

In closing, Young said, “The Hermione has made a transatlantic journey up the East Coast, and on Saturday the ‘frigate of liberty’ will salute the Statue of Liberty.  This is one of the most significant history projects of this century.  It reminds us, above all, of the long lasting friendship between the United States and France, and, to one and all, be sure not to miss the Hermione-Lafayette Parade of Ships in New York harbor on July 4th, beginning at 10 a.m. Thank you.”

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