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Cocktail Culturel: The Carroll Family, French Influence for the birth of the America

Paris Chapter

Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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The story of the Carroll family could be from a novel!
François Decoster, Mayor of Saint-Omer (Pas-de-Calais), and Vice-President in Charge of Culture for the Hauts-de-France region, will tell us the incredible story of Charles Carroll and his cousins Daniel and John Carroll. Learn how they were influenced during their childhood by their stay at the Jesuit College of St. Omer’s Cathedral and their leading role in the birth of the American nation. In the 18th century, St. Omer had more American students of eminent families than Oxford and Cambridge combined. Imagine for a moment, three grand-sons of Irish Catholic immigrants crossing the Atlantic Ocean for several months to join the prestigious college of the English Jesuits of Saint-Omer. After several years in Europe, they return to the English colony of Maryland where they will play a major role in the construction of the American nation’s political and constitutional foundations.
Charles Carroll, elected US Senator of Maryland and signer of the Declaration of Independence; Daniel Carroll, signer of the Confederation and the Constitution; John Carroll, first American Catholic bishop and founder of Georgetown University led by the Jesuits.
François Decoster worked for the preservation of the Jesuit Chapel of Saint-Omer, highlighting the link between American students and the town of Saint-Omer in the 18th century. In 2017, FHS awarded a grant of $ 250,000 with the support of the Florence Gould Foundation for the restoration of this historic site so important for its links with the United States.
We shall be warmly received by Mrs. Michael Hoare at her home.

The address will be given to the registered members a few days before the event.  Conferance in French
Métros : Hôtel de Ville – Saint-Paul

Cost : 45€      Lecture in French

For registration information, please contact: paris@frenchheritagesociety.org


Wednesday, May 10
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Private residence
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