FRENCH PRESIDENT HOLLANDE AND PRESIDENT OBAMA TO VISIT JEFFERSON'S MONTICELLO February 6, 2014
PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FRENCH PRESIDENT HOLLANDE
THOMAS JEFFERSON, CIRCA 1825, IN A PORTRAIT BY REMBRANDT PEALE.
A PORTRAIT OF LAFAYETTE DURING HIS VISIT TO AMERICA IN 1824-1825.
THE ONE AND ONLY HERMIONE, THE FRIGATE OF LIBERTY, AS THIS WATER COLOR DEPICTS THE 18TH CENTURY VESSEL UNDER FULL SAIL.
In a historic meeting sure to invoke the spirit of Lafayette and his historic role in the friendship between our two republics, the White House today announced a visit by the leaders of France and the United States to Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson, an early envoy to France and our third President. The visit is scheduled for February 10, 2014.
We are reproducing the White House announcement in full below.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
Visit to Monticello by President Obama and President Hollande of France
February 4, 2014: Since the time of our founding fathers, the United States and France have been allies and friends. To mark this historic partnership, President Obama and President Hollande of France will tour Monticello on Monday, February 10, as part of the State Visit. As the residence of Thomas Jefferson, one of the United States’ earliest envoys to France, Monticello reflects Jefferson’s affection for the people of France, the long-standing relations between our two democracies, and the shared values we hold dear: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. President Obama looks forward to sharing this piece of our shared history with President Hollande.
AMATEUR HISTORY BUFFS AND HISTORIANS KNOW, AS THE MONTICELLO SITE RECOUNTS:
“Perhaps the most celebrated visitor to Monticello during Jefferson’s lifetime arrived in 1824. The marquis de Lafayette, the French statesman who had led troops on behalf of the colonies during the Revolutionary War, returned to the United States and made a final visit to Monticello. The event was marked by pomp and circumstance — 120 mounted soldiers escorted the general to Monticello, and a crowd gathered on the grounds to see the two friends meet again, calling each other’s names and falling into an embrace. At a Charlottesville dinner in Lafayette’s honor, Jefferson urged Americans to honor the Frenchman as their “benefactor in peace as well as in war.”
During L’Hermione’s 2015 voyage to America, and specifically in her ports of call at Norfolk and Yorktown in Virginia, American Revolutionary War buffs, nautical and sailing enthusiasts and the general public will have many exciting opportunities to see first-hand the celebrated frigate that carried Lafayette to America in 1780.
In acknowledgement of Lafayette’s critical military role during our battle for independence, there will be a colloquium at Monticello in Spring, 2015. The colloquium will be held in association with the Sons of the American Revolution.
The topic will be “Lafayette and European Allies of the American Revolution.” It will primarily focus on Lafayette and France but it will also include consideration of the Spanish, Dutch and German. The military support and financial aid from France was essential to the success of the American Revolution and bankrupted France, which led to the calling of the Estates General. The colloquium is organized by Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Saunders Director, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.
The Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America will bring our Hermione followers up-to-date with this important meeting in future postings and news.
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