The goal is to create and share new interdisciplinary curriculum studies based on rare primary sources and 18th century artifacts; promote the exchange of ideas and studies between students in France and the US; and encourage historical literacy and new gateways to the past through innovative online formats and in other media.

“Le Vent dans les voiles de l’Hermione” is a contest organized by the Cultural and Educational Services of the Consulate General of France in Boston for the arrival of the frigate l’Hermione (Lafayette’s ship when he sailed to America in 1780) in Boston on July 11, 2015 and the United Nation’s upcoming Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015.

French language students in New England are invited to build an eco-friendly sail that illustrates the history of the Hermione and promotes environmental awareness. All the sails will be temporarily shown at different exhibition halls during spring and summer 2015 (specific locations to be announced soon).

Who can participate?
All French language students in New England, from middle school to high school classes, may enter this contest.

For more information, please click here.

A New England class’s sail must be submitted by March 15, 2015. The results of the contest will be disclosed on March 27, 2015, during the “Matinée de la Francophonie” at Milton High School, Milton, MA. The sail can be sent or delivered in person to the following address:

Magali Boutiot – Cultural Services

Consulat Général de France à Boston

31 Saint James Avenue, Suite 750

Boston, MA 02116



Tides of Revolution: The Hermione Game is a web-based exploration of the background of the events leading to the climax of the American Revolution: the surrender of the British army under Cornwallis at Yorktown. The game is designed to help players develop a contextual understanding of these historic events, including the European and American political climate in late the 18th century. Players will also acquire knowledge of 18th-century sciences, technologies, engineering, humanities, arts, and mathematics.

The central action of the game will follow the Marquis de Lafayette, a Major General in the Continental Army and confidant of George Washington, as he secures support for the American cause from King Louis XVI of France. The game will witnesses the building of the Hermione to transports him back from France to Boston, in 1780, bearing important news.

Tides of Revolution: The Hermione Game will combine Live Action Role Play (LARP), badge or insignia-based accomplishment, and a Digital Object Library (DOL). As it is a web-based learning resource, the game, with all of its content assets for game play and reference, will be accessible anytime/anywhere.

Education outreach in the United States is among the key activities undertaken by the FOH. Along with our French educational partners for some of the programs described below, these programs will not only reach students, teachers and parents of grades K-12, but also college students, professors, and national education organizations.

The Hermione School Exchange Program Beyond the Hermione Voyage 2015, the School Exchange Program exists at the initiative of teachers and school leaders, to explore the historic friendship between France and the United States, using the Lafayette-Washington alliance as the springboard for more than 200 years of bi-national relations. The Hermione School Exchange Program establishes annual contacts between American and French public and private schools, first on the Atlantic seaboards of both countries and then across both nations, using the Hermione Education Program in both its online and person-to-person formats.

Involving teachers, professors, students, and parents, the Hermione School Exchange Program was created, in part, to prepare for the arrival of the frigate Hermione. Under the initiative of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette, there is an annual program of educational dialogue between French and American schools about Lafayette, Hermione, and the French and American Revolutions. This dialogue is carried out at different levels, including 5th, 8th, and 10th grades in the US and their counterparts in France where American History, the Atlantic Community, or World History is taught.
Lycée Francais de New York Lycée Francais de New York—Lafayette, American-French History & Hermione's 2015 Voyage to the United States

In the 2014-2015 academic year, LFNY will serve as an educational laboratory and example to other public and private elementary and secondary educators and schools as LFNY implements special classes and activities designed for 5th, 8th, and 10th grade courses and cultural programs designed around Lafayette, American-French history, and Hermione’s 2015 voyage to the United States. The projects are on social media platforms.

During LFNY’s 2014-2015 academic year, a total of 1,370 students, 120 teachers, and 900 families will participate in different curriculum elements concerning Lafayette, American-French history, and the Hermione Voyage 2015 to the United States.

On December 9th, the Lycée Français de New York hosted a panel discussion featuring Laura Auricchio—author of “The Marquis, Lafayette Reconsidered". Watch a video of the talk here: https://vimeo.com/116082844
NYC School Partnerships New York City Public & Private Elementary & High Schools, 2014-2015 Academic Year: The French Heritage Program

In cooperation with the French American Cultural Exchange, a nonprofit organization chartered by the State of New York, Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America will collaborate on developing lessons units, projects, and content about Lafayette, the Hermione Frigate, and the American Revolution for NY schools.

For more information, please contact: heritageprogram@facecouncil.org
Mt. Vernon Conference
"The Marquis de Lafayette and the European Friends of the American Revolution" Mt. Vernon, VA, June 13-15, 2015

The conference is co-hosted by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), the Friends of Lafayette, Friends of Hermione–Lafayette in America, and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. In partnership with George Washington's Mount Vernon, the University of Virginia and Monticello, this conference, aimed at College and University-level History Professors, graduate and post-graduate students, will take place at Mount Vernon, Virginia, June 13-15, 2015.

Organized by Professor Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy of the University of Virginia, the talks will explore the role of the Marquis of Lafayette and the European Friends of the American Revolution. It will be attended by 300 academics and invited guests.

For more information, please visit: http://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/conferences-symposia
The Gilder Lehrman
Institute Teacher’s Seminar
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all 50 states, including a website that features more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection. The Institute produces 40 seminars for secondary teachers with weeklong retreats with leading American and international historians held at iconic locations aligned with the seminar theme. In June 2015, The Gilder Lehrman Institute and the Friends of Hermione will partner in offering a Teachers Seminar on France’s pivotal aid in turning the tide of the American Revolution and the role of the French “freedom frigates” such as the Hermione. For more information, please visit: http://www.gilderlehrman.org
NYHS Teacher’s Workshop New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) Secondary Teachers' Workshop

On May 21, 2014, the New-York Historical Society, in partnership with Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, hosted a workshop for 30 middle and high-school teachers of Social Studies, French, and Humanities. The aim of the discussion was to review how the history of Lafayette is currently taught in American schools; and whether the support of France, and other European nations, of the American insurgents is recognized as a turning point in the US War of Independence.

The teachers shared that their best lesson units were those where the human connection was made: lessons about Lafayette as a young man close to the students’ own age; the examination of his youthful marriage in late 18th century high society; his defense of freedom for all and the freeing of slaves on his own Caribbean plantation; his super-achievement as the youngest General and foreign founder of the new American nation all were highly received by students. These insights will inform our education program and be multiplied by other teacher workshops and seminars as Hermione Voyage 2015 approaches.

For more information, please contact Pascale Richard at: pascale.richard@friendsofhermione.org
New York Historical Society
Society (N-YHS) Exhibit
With the help of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, N-YHS will mount Lafayette’s Hermione: Voyage 2015, an exhibit that will display rarely seen Lafayette and Hermione related historical documents, cultural artifacts, and for the first time, objects from its own collection from France.

The exhibition will draw on the rich collection of Lafayette and American Revolutionary manuscripts, painting, graphics, and other illustrative material from the period, objects from La Grange, France, as well as loans from other museums and academic archives, including precious manuscripts from Lafayette College’s Skillman Library. The Lafayette’s Hermione: Voyage 2015 exhibition will be a memorable, public, and educational event for more than 200,000 students. An educational dossier accompanying the exhibit will be available to teachers before, during, and following the exhibition.

N-YHS’s Curatorial Staff forecasts that more than 200,000 school children will visit over the course of the exhibition.

The New York Historical Society Exhibition is curated by Brian Allen and will run from May 29 to August 16, 2015 at the N-YHS, 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th St) in New York.

For more information about the NYHS exhibitions, please visit www.nyhistory.org
New-York Historical Society (N-YHS)
Teen Curated Exhibition
The New-York Historical Society’s 2015 Student Historian Program on Governor’s Island will be dedicated to the Hermione frigate. A central feature of the program will be a teen-curated exhibit on Lafayette and the Hermione. The NY Historical Society Teen Curated Exhibition will run during June 2015 on Governors Island, NY.
Lafayette College Hermione
Photo Exhibit
This exhibition will focus on the making on the Hermione with images provided by the French Association of Hermione and showing step by step the construction of this 18th-century replica. The exhibit is curated by Diane Shaw, Director for Special Collections & College Archives at the Skillman Library, Lafayette College, and will run from May to September 2015.
The American Revolution Institute
of the Society of the Cincinnati Exhibit
Created by the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, the exhibition Lafayette and L'Hermione — France and the Winning of American Independence will showcase the story of the Hermione, from the history of Lafayette and the original ship to the adventure of the contemporary voyage. The exhibit will be curated by Rachel Jirka and will run from March to September 20 in the Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC.
The Boston Athenaeum Exhibit Lafayette: An American Icon, The Boston Athenaeum, Norma Caldewood Gallery. curated by David Dearinger The Boston Athenæum celebrates Lafayette and his role in the founding of the new United States with an exhibition of portraits and other images of Lafayette—paintings, sculptures, and engravings—as well as a small selection of contemporary documents, manuscripts, and maps. The exhibition is inspired by the recent historic reconstruction of Hermione, the frigate that brought Lafayette back to America in 1780. That ship, with its game-changing news, made landfall in Boston in April of that year, and its modern descendant will visit the city in July 2015. The Athenæum’s exhibition will feature works borrowed from a number of major American museums and libraries including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Massachusetts Historical Society, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the American Numismatic Society, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Cornell University, and Lafayette College. These objects will join some of the Athenæum’s own Lafayette-related treasures.
Twin Destinies Exhibit The idea behind the Twin Destinies exhibit is to create the first-ever exhibition of the histories of the US and French navies. The exhibit would show how they developed over time, symbiotically, some times in close amity, occasionally in hostility, and ultimately as strong allies in an uncertain world. The Twin Destinies exhibit will be shown at the National Museum of the US Navy (Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC) and at La Musée de la Marine in Paris. The exhibition would open in the US in May 2015 and move to Paris in fall 2015.
Boston French Cultural Center The exhibition Adrienne de Noailles, Madame de Lafayette will take place at the French Cultural Center in Boston from June 2 to July 3, 2015. It will be curated by Laurent Ferri from Cornell University and Sabine Renault Sablonniere, a direct descendant of Lafayette and author of Les Memoires Imaginaires d’Adrienne de Noailles.