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Crucial Victory on Lake Champlain – 11 September, 1814

Crucial Victory on Lake Champlain – 11 September, 1814
America’s Second War for Independence (1812 – 1815)

The War of 1812, also known as America’s Second War for Independence, was a contest to see if a free, republican form of government could survive.  Read about Commodore Thomas Macdonough’s Crucial Victory on Lake Champlain on this day in 1814.

 

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September Seminar – U Boats in the Bahamas with Eric Wiberg

The National Maritime Historical Society
presents
“U-Boats in the Bahamas” Seminar and Book Signing
with Author Eric Wiberg
Saturday, 23 September 2017

Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548
Continental Breakfast & Registration at 10:30 AM; Lecture at 11:00 AM

Please join us as author, maritime attorney, historian and avid sailor Eric Wiberg presents his book U-Boats in the Bahamas, the never-told story of the 112 German and Italian submarines that sank 130 Allied ships in World War II in the Bahamas area where the author grew up. Merchant mariners heroically put themselves in danger as they performed the critical task of moving the military and civilian supplies vital to ultimate victory. Book signing will follow.

The Public is invited. Please contact NMHS at 914-737-7878, ext. 0, or email NMHS@seahistory.org if you plan to attend. A $5 to $10 donation is appreciated. After the lecture, NMHS will host a luncheon—$25 prepaid with cash bar. Reservations required.

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Jim Moores to Publish Moores’ Log on NMHS Website

Jim Moores founded Moores Marine in South Florida in 1986 after building commercial fishing boats and dories in Lubec, Maine. One particularly cold winter, he came to Palm Beach County with a box full of tools and learned he could make a pretty decent living repairing and restoring wooden boats built by the old masters of American yacht building. Since then, the company has been designing restorations from the ground up of classic and antique boats—including the eighth presidential yacht, Honey Fitz, a 1930 93′ Defoe that served as the private yacht of Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

A member of the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers, Trumpy Yacht Association and Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Society, Jim has established quite a following for his Moores’ Log, a regular newsletter read eagerly by maritime and history enthusiasts alike. Jim has agreed to publish his insightful, intelligent and quite amusing newsletter as part of a regular feature on our own www.seahistory.org website.  Here’s Jim’s first log in 2015:


 

 Dear Friends,

My last letter took you on a journey to the West Coast and back. Well, this month is no different. My wife, Margaret, had a lecture series in D.C., so when she asked me if I would like to join her I looked at my bags that were still packed from the Washington/Oregon trip and then added a few new things and we were out the door. I have a few friends up there that I really wanted to see.

The first was Paul Johnston. We met a few years back and have kept in contact ever since. Paul is a little older than me and at first glance you might think he is a boring middle-aged man, but he is far from that. His title is curator of the Smithsonian’s Natural Museum of American History. He loves diving and was involved in the “Cleopatra’s  Barge”, built in Salem, MA in 1816, the first American yacht on record that sunk on April 7, 1824 in Hanalei, Hawaii. This is such a great story I could not do it justice. Paul wrote an article about it called “Million Pounds of Sandalwood” that can be easily found on the web.  Paul gave me a behind-the-scenes look at one of our greatest treasures. From installing two early steam locomotives with cranes during the construction of the building to the “USS Philadelphia”, a Revolutionary War boat from 1775, one of the gun boats of the American Revolution which sunk in The Battle of Valcour Island. The water was so cold and deep I was amazed at how well she was preserved.

Paul told me that another one of these ships was found quite a while back and she has been left down while new preservation techniques are being perfected. I guess they have achieved success and she might see the light of day soon. We meandered into the blueprint archive room as he rattled off names of the designers. John Gardner stood out. We slid open a case and there were these amazing illustrations of the blue-nosed schooner, which were used for a book. Below that was one beautiful hand drawn original after another.  Then he showed how they digitalize them for preservation and printing. Now, this might sound a little boring, but it wasn’t.  I was amazed as to the great details taken to preserve American history. Paul is not your average curator; he rides a motorcycle year-round to work and then back home. I said “rain” he said “rain coat”. Ok, that was easy. “Cold” was replied to with “heated suit”. Then I thought I had him – “seeing out in rain and snow!” he smiled and said “Rain-X and an extra pair of shoes in my desk!”

Paul is still a very active diver as well as writing and running one of the greatest museums in the world. After lunch we headed down to the “Sequoia”, the Mathis Trumpy, 1925. We were met aboard by Capt. Matt Vilbas; young and enthusiastic, he has big shoes to fill. There are still things that are being resolved and the “S.S. Sequoia” has been in a holding pattern. She is charting on the Potomac and is still docked at Gangplank Marina. Paul has never been aboard, so this was my way of thanking him for such a great day. The yacht served from Herbert Hoover, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford and Carter before being sold. There are great photos of moments in time that shaped our history on board. There is a lot of her history online.

Margaret’s and my social schedule was full, staying with Margaret’s brother Chris Zehren and his wife, Andrea, my cousin Liz Moores, and then Maldwin Drummond, a yachting friend that spends his time between Florida, D.C., and Maine. Maldwin, who loves classic yachts, has owned many through the years and shares his passion of restoring and using them. We met at the Chevy Chase Country Club for lunch. Enjoying a great glass of Pinot Noir, our conversation revolved around what was coming.

Back in Florida we had launched “Aurora II” preparing for Ocean Reef’s Vintage Weekend. Last fall, in backing out of a slip, a log that was lodged under the boat came into the prop and shaft. It made such a noise that I thought the transmission had blown up. Then the massive log floated out. I knew then that the prop was mangled. Well, it bent the inside and outside shafts as well as the aft shaft strut. The “Aurora” was leaking a little, but I have run her on one motor and we were busy, so I held off on hauling her out until this past August. What a mess it was! Almost everything was bent. We straightened and replaced so much it was a major running gear refit. The good news, however, is that the “Aurora II” is running smoother than ever, kind of like sipping bourbon on the back deck on a hot day (personally I am not a bourbon man, but I have always liked that expression).

Ocean Reef’s Vintage Weekend. Each year I really look forward to that date: the first weekend of December. Coming right out of the shipyard to head to the show we wanted to take the ocean down to Key Largo, but the wind was blowing 20+ knots out of the North and there were white caps everywhere. Instead we traveled the ICW all the way to Biscayne Bay, “Aurora” making great time as the sun went down. We were nearing Angelfish Creek when thunderstorms and nightfall came upon us and we decided to anchor and go through the cut in the morning. We found a spot that looked good and dropped the hook. The wind was still blowing, so I decided to sleep in the main salon. Just as sleep filled my eyes I decided to take one last peak – much to my surprise when I sat up it looked like I was looking into someone’s living room. We weren’t aground, but just seconds away. Waking Capt. Sabin, we fired up the motors, hauled anchor, and headed to Pumpkin Key. In the morning the sky had cleared and bright daylight was all around. We pulled anchor and slid through the creek, cutting through the emerald waters with the bright sun reminded me of the Bahamas, it was a good day.

After tying up and starting to get “Aurora” cleaned, I saw this beautiful long, sleek, dark blue hull with a varnished cabin slide effortlessly through the water. The name on her was appropriate: “Stiletto”. The next day there would be a lecture on design by Halsey Hersoff about his grandfather’s yacht company. It was a very interesting slide show with interwoven movies. “Stiletto’s” predecessors were built of steel and steam powered originally designed for the Navy in the late 1800’s. You know a great speaker because when he’s done he leaves you wanting more instead of falling asleep. There were a total of three speakers and they spoke about such a wide variety of subjects throughout the weekend.

Steve White spoke of one of his restorations; then there was a lecture about “Glacier Girl”. She was a Lockheed plane that crashed on a glacier in Greenland and buried for more than 50 years under 260 feet of ice. It was 10 years from start on the ice to finish with the plane flying today; there is a great video on YouTube, “Saving Glacier Girl from World War II.”  Between that and all the other stuff it was a very full and fun weekend. On Sunday the seas calmed and I got some great photos of “Blue Mist” and “Shirean” just off Ocean Reef. Trying to get them to slow down was the hard part, but I finally got a few good ones of the two together.

The 1917 Consolidated (“Blue Mist”) shot off like a rocket; Owner and captain, Alan Zwickell was taking the waterway while Lou Jezdimir’s “Shirean” and my “Aurora II” would take the ocean. Lou headed to Ft. Lauderdale and Capt. Alan and I headed back to North Palm Beach. There were cruise ships headed out of Port Everglades as we passed. Lou’s “Shirean” was dwarfed like a small dingy as he passed the last one coming out. The sun was setting and the full moon was rising, the sky was clear, and as I laid on the couch in the main salon I had one thought: life is good. The sea cleanses our mind and soul, and with the calming sounds and rocking of the ocean I felt at peace.

Now that I am back we are finishing a caulking project down in Ft. Lauderdale. Rigging a Rhodes yawl and finishing a project for Mike Rybovich. In North Carolina Nate has a Huckins 58’ built in 1973 and named “B.F.B.” and a major refit on a New York Launch and Engine Company, 60’, built in 1914 named “Grace”.

Each year I try to give back to our community of classic yachts, this year is no different. I am proud to help start the Palm Beach Vintage Regatta Feb. 20-22. The idea is simple – bring classic yachting back to the Palm Beaches with the support and blessing of the city and local businesses. I am excited that it really is going to happen. We are even investigating the return of the Palm Beach Cup, which would be a vintage powerboat race. For this year we have the city docks with planned events from coffee and croissants at the Green Market to cocktail parties and dancing to the wee hours in the morning for the young at heart. Take a look at pbregatta.com and come be a part of something great in the making.

I want to end this letter with thanks to all my close friends and family; to the people that believe in us and trust us with their beautiful boats. The biggest thanks are for all the wonderful people that work with us and make it all possible. My final thanks are to friends that read the Log and smile and think to themselves “that crazy guy.”

Till next time,
Jim Moores

 

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Washington Awards Dinner Art Gallery 23 April

A Chance to Invest in Great Marine Art – AND Support
the National Maritime Historical Society
and the Naval Historical Foundation

This year, six nationally renowned marine artists will exhibit their original works at the Maritime Art Gallery at the Washington Awards Dinner, Thursday, 23 April at the National Press Club. Here’s a preview—and a chance to purchase a painting ahead of the event. Best of all, 25% of the purchase price will benefit the Society and the Naval Historical Foundation, and is a tax-deductible contribution! The Society is grateful to Charles Raskob Robinson, a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists and its former president, for chairing the Marine Art Gallery. For more information and to order your painting, call (800) 221-NMHS (6647) Ext. 0, or email nmhs@seahistory.org and support the Art Gallery today!

 

1. WAD 2015 Chong Morning Fog

Morning Fog

by Hiu Lai Chong
Oil on Linen, Framed, 18” x 24”
Price: $2,300

 

2. WAD 2015 Chong Sunset Race

Sunset Race

by Hiu Lai Chong
Oil on Linen,  Framed, 24” x 24”
Price: $3,500

 

3. WAD 2015 Egeli_Martha_on_the_Rails

Martha on the Rails

by Lisa Egeli
Oil on Linen, Mounted on Panel, Framed, 9” x 12”
Price: $950

 

4. WAD 2015 Egeli_Hurry_South

Hurry South

by Lisa Egeli
Oil on Linen, Mounted on Panel, Framed, 9” x 12”
Price: $900

 

6. WAD 2015 Egeli Alone Out Front

Alone in Front

by Lisa Egeli
Oil on Linen, Framed, 8” x 16”
Price: $1,200

 

7. WAD 2015 Egeli Cisne Branco

The Cisne Branco Entering Baltimore Harbor

by Lisa Egeli
Oil on Linen, Framed, 8” x 10”
Price:  $800

 

9. WAD 2015 Rindlasbacher Oars n SailsOars and Sails

by Peter Rindlisbacher
Oil on Canvas, Framed, 16” x 20”
Price: $3,400.

 

 

11. WAD 2015 Storcj Squally Day Painitng only HR

Squally Day on the Chesapeake – SOLD!

by William Storck
Oil on Panel, Framed, 8” x 10”
Price: $3,200

 

Moonrise by William Storck

Moonrise

by William Storck
Oil on Canvas, Mounted on Wood Panel, 22 kt Gilded Frame, 5” x 7”
Price: $1,800

 

10. WAD 2015 Silver Heel Robinson

Stepping Out on the Silver Heel

by Charles Raskob Robinson
Oil on Canvas, Framed, 18” x 24”
Price: $4,500

 

Flying the Red Kite on the Silver Heel

Flying the Red Kite on the Silver Heel

by Charles Raskob Robinson
Oil on Canvas, Framed, 17” x 26”
Price: $7,500

 

13. WAD 2015 O'Brien Washington 1910

Washington, D.C. 1905

by Patrick O’Brien
Oil on Board, Framed, 8” x 12”
Price: $3,000

 

USS Chesapeake on Patrol by Patrick O'BrienUSS Chesapeake on Patrol

by Patrick O’Brien
Oil on Canvas, 16” x 20”
Price: $3,500

 

5. WAD 2015 Egeli Out to Sea

Out to Sea

by Lisa Egeli
Oil on Linen, Framed, 9” x 12”
Price: $950

 

U.S. Gunboat SCORPION in the Battle of Cedar Point, 1814

U.S. Gunboat SCORPION in the Battle of Cedar Point, 1814
by Peter Rindlisbacher

Oil on Canvas, Framed, 18” x 24”
Price: $3,600.

 

Solitude by William Storck

Solitude

by William Storck
Oil on Wood Panel, 22 kt Gilded Frame, 8” x 10”
Price: $3,200

 

Lettie G Howard by William Storck

Lettie G. Howard

by William Storck
Oil on Linen, 9” x 12”
Price: $3,400

 

 

You can purchase these original paintings by calling (800) 221-NMHS (6647) Ext. 0 or by emailing nmhs@seahistory.org.  Purchased works will be displayed as SOLD at the 23 April, 2015 Washington Awards Dinner and can then be picked up or delivered. (Shipping is included in the purchase price.)

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NMHS Presents Tim McGrath’s Give Me a Fast Ship 28 February

Join the National Maritime Historical Society for Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America’s Revolution at Sea with Author Tim McGrath

Saturday, 28 February 2015
Continental Breakfast is at 10:30 am. Presentation begins at 11:00 am.
Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548

Fast Ship CoverAuthor and historian Tim McGrath takes us back to 1775 with America on the verge of revolution and disastrous defeat in his Give Me a Fast Ship, the epic tale of war on the high seas and the definitive history of the fledgling American Navy.

America in 1775 was on the verge of revolution—or, more likely, disastrous defeat. After the bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, England’s King George sent hundreds of ships westward to bottle up American harbors and prey on American shipping. Colonists had no force to defend their coastline and waterways until John Adams of Massachusetts proposed a bold solution: the Continental Congress should raise a navy.

The idea was mad. The Royal Navy was the mightiest floating arsenal in history, with a seemingly endless supply of vessels. More than a hundred of these were massive “ships of the line,” bristling with up to a hundred high-powered cannon that could level a city. The British were confident that His Majesty’s warships would quickly bring the rebellious colonials to their knees.

They were wrong. Beginning with five converted merchantmen, America’s sailors became formidable warriors, matching their wits, skills, and courage against the best of the British fleet. Victories off American shores gave the patriots hope—victories led by captains such as John Barry, the fiery Irish-born giant; fearless Nicholas Biddle, who stared down an armed mutineer; and James Nicholson, the underachiever who finally redeemed himself with an inspiring display of coolness and bravery.

Meanwhile, along the British coastline, daring raids by John Paul Jones and the “Dunkirk Pirate,” Gustavus Conyngham—who was captured and sentenced to hang but tunneled under his cell and escaped to fight again—sent fear throughout England. The adventures of these men and others on both sides of the struggle rival anything from Horatio Hornblower or Lucky Jack Aubrey. In the end, these rebel sailors, from the quarterdeck to the forecastle, contributed greatly to American independence.

Tim McGrathMeticulously researched and masterfully told, Give Me a Fast Ship is a rousing, epic tale of war on the high seas—and the definitive history of the American Navy during the Revolutionary War.

The Public is invited. Please contact the National Maritime Historical Society at 914-737-7878, ext. 0, or email NMHS@seahistory.org if you plan to attend. A $5 to $10 donation is appreciated. If you would also like to join NMHS and the speaker for lunch following the presentation, it is $22 prepaid, with cash bar. Reservations required.

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NMHS Recruiting: Membership Coordinator

The National Maritime Historical Society is seeking a Membership Coordinator to provide administrative support to the Membership Director and, as needed, to the Communications Director, to prepare membership materials and correspondence, maintain the membership database, provide excellent member service, support membership events and assist with other administrative duties as may be required.

Please click here to see the job posting: Membership Coordinator: Part Time, Peekskill, NY.  Candidates should send their cover letter, resume and salary requirements to nmhs@seahistory.org.  Please apply by  15 Mach 2015 to be considered.

Founded in 1963, the National Maritime Historical Society is a non-profit organization with over 8,000 members and a mission to raise awareness of our nation’s maritime heritage through publications, educational programs, historic ship preservation, sail training and maritime events.

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Join NMHS for A Dream of Tall Ships with Authors Peter and Norma Stanford

Join the National Maritime Historical Society for
A Dream of Tall Ships
with Authors Peter and Norma Stanford

Friday, 20 February 2015 at 5 pm
Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints, 29 Garrison Landing, Garrison, NY 10524

Please join us on Friday 20 February from 5-8 pm for a talk and book signing with Peter and Norma Stanford, authors of A Dream of Tall Ships: How New Yorkers came together to save the city’s sailing-ship waterfront.  Refreshments will be served.

ADOTSforprintA Dream of Tall Ships is the lively account of a great urban adventure beginning in the 1960s with two New Yorkers committed to creating a maritime museum in Manhattan’s old sailing-ship waterfront – the South Street Seaport Museum. Entranced by the old brick buildings of the Fulton Fish Market neighborhood and aware of the rush of new office-building construction in Lower Manhattan, they moved to save the old buildings as a historic district, and breathe new life into New York’s old Street of Ships.

The idea of recreating the old sailing-ship waterfront inspired young and old, rich and poor, Wall Streeters and blue-collar workers, seamen, firemen, policemen and teachers to work together to found a museum showcasing the streets and ships that built the port, which built the city, which built the nation.

Peter Stanford was a founder and first president of South Street Seaport in New York and co-founder of the National Maritime Historical Society. Under his leadership, the Society began publishing the distinguished quarterly magazine Sea History. Other NMHS publications included such works as the International Register of Historic ShipsThe Peking Battles Cape Horn, and The Skipper and the Eagle.

To register, please call (914) 456-9698 or email nmhs@seahistory.org.
We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Liemba Added to  Rotten Tomatoes Site in Conjunction with Indican Pictures North American Release

Liemba DVD CoverOn Saturday, 15 November 2014, the National Maritime Historical Society was honored to present Filmmaker John Billingsley and his documentary Liembafeaturing the world’s last surviving steamship and one that still serves the communities of Lake Tanganyika in central Africa.

In conjunction with its Indican Pictures North American release, Liemba was recently added to Rotten Tomatoes, a website devoted to film news and widely renowned as a film review aggregator.  If you joined us on the 15th or have already had the opportunity to view the film, we encourage you to rate and comment on Liemba in the audience review section.  If you haven’t seen the film yet, you can also view a trailer there. For more information, go to the Indian Pictures website.

Built in 1913 in Germany and originally named the Graf von Götzen, the armed transport ship controlled the lake for the German Empire during World War I.  As the Germans retreated, the ship was scuttled.  Raised by the British Navy in 1924 and re-named Liemba, she went back to work as a ferry serving the British protectorate of Tanganyika.  Deep in what was once considered the darkest heart of Africa, on one of the world’s largest and most pristine lakes, the Liemba doggedly perseveres, ferrying passengers and cargo up and down the remote eastern shore.  For the past century, the ship has served as the primary means of travel, and a critical avenue of commerce, for soldiers, traders, missionaries and migrants alike – the geographical link between east, central and southern Africa.

The Liemba has witnessed many sea-changes in Africa’s history, from the era of European colonialism, through African independence in the 1960s and up to today’s emerging global marketplace. This documentary film uses the story of the steamship to bring that history to life while also taking the audience on a present day journey on the oldest operational passenger ship in the world.

To find out more about the film and view a trailer, visit Liemba.

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NMHS Presents Jerry Roberts’ British Raid on Essex 14 February

Join the National Maritime Historical Society for
The British Raid on Essex: The Forgotten Battle of the War of 1812
with Author and Historian Jerry Roberts

Saturday, 14 February 2015
Continental Breakfast is at 10:30 am. Presentation begins at 11:00 am.
Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548

Roberts_Jerry_British-Raid-on-EssexJoin us as author, historian and Sea History magazine contributor Jerry Roberts presents the dramatic history of the largest single maritime loss of the War of 1812 and one of the most destructive actions in Connecticut history, in which a British landing force guided by a well-paid American traitor burned twenty-seven American vessels, including six newly built privateers. In spite of the significant losses involved, the British raid on Essex has been virtually left out of the history books—the  forgotten battle of the forgotten war. Jerry Roberts provides a definitive overview of the event and includes a wealth of new information drawn from recent research and archaeological finds.

The Public is invited. Please contact the National Maritime Historical Society at 914-737-7878, ext. 0, or email NMHS@seahistory.org if you plan to attend. A $5 to $10 donation is appreciated. If you would also like to join NMHS and the speaker for lunch following the presentation, it is $22 prepaid, with cash bar. Reservations required.

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Lafayette’s Hermione Voyage 2015

Credit: Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America

Credit: Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America

In April 2015, a handcrafted replica of the Hermione,­ the 18th century frigate that brought the young Marquis de Lafayette with French troops back to General Washington, will set sail to the United States from Port des Barques, France—replicating a historic voyage that in 1780 changed the course in our quest for independence and re-affirming the historic relationship between the United States and France.

After years of planning, construction and sea trials, Hermione‘s transatlantic crossing is expected to take 27 days before landfall at Yorktown, Virginia, where the original Hermione took part in the blockade which led to the surrender of Lord Cornwallis and his army. As Hermione moves up the Eastern seaboard, it will be accompanied by a range of pier side activities, including in some ports a traveling exhibition and a heritage village that will be accessible to the public. The Hermione Voyage 2015 is part of an expansive outreach program with cultural events, exhibitions, and educational programs that celebrate the trip and mark its progress. Please see the anticipated itinerary below.

Hermione Voyage 2015 Itinerary:
April 2015: Depart from Rochefort, France
April 2015: Las Palmas, Gran Cranaria
5–7 June: Yorktown, VA
9 June: Mt. Vernon, VA
15–17 June: Annapolis, MD
19–21 June: Baltimore, MD
25–28 June: Philadelphia, PA
2–4 July: New York, NY
6–7 July: Greenport, NY
8–9 July: Newport, NJ
10–11 June: Alexandria, VA/Washington, DC
11–12 July: Boston, MA
14–15 July: Castine, ME
18 July: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
August 2015: Brest, France
August 2015: Return to Rochefort, France

Enthusiasts can track the Hermione’s itinerary and progress online at www.hermione2015.com.  You can also view a short video by Imagine Creations of her fascinating story.

As Hermione prepares for her transAtlantic journey, Smithsonian magazine is featuring an article about Lafayette and his legacy in America.

Hermione Lafayette logoThe Friends of Lafayette-Hermione in America, a non-profit group, supports this exciting adventure—partnering alongside local heritage and nautical groups, students and teachers K-through-12, and many cultural organizations, museums and universities—with a full program of exciting educational, musical, culinary and special events scheduled at each port. To learn more, please visit www.hermione2015.com.

 

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