2015 Grant of $15,000—US and Paris Chapters

Twenty years ago, a small group dreamed of reconstructing an exact replica of General Lafayette’s 18th-century ship called the Hermione. Today, the majestic vessel is the largest and most authentically built Tall Ship in the last 150 years. The Hermione set sail in April from France for America. The journey started at the mouth of the Charente River where Lafayette boarded on March 10th, 1780. Once it made landfall at Yorktown, Virginia, before sailing up the Eastern seaboard close to Washington DC at Mount Vernon and Alexandria, then stops in Annapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Newport, and Boston. It will be accompanied by a range of pier side activities, cultural events, exhibitions, and educational programs. A robust digital activation for the voyage expands the reach of the project to millions of people.

The FHS grant will reinforce Franco-American Friendship and assist with the fundraising for the ship’s voyage.