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Tracking Lafayette's New England Trail presented by Julien Icher, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Lafayette’s Farewell Tour in 1824-1825 is a major milestone in the long-standing friendship between France and the United States. As the bicentennial commemorating this event draws closer, the Consulate General of France is committed to creating a historic trail out of Lafayette’s footsteps in New England. Julien Icher, a graduate student at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and Project Manager for the Consulate General of France in Boston, has documented Lafayette's farewell tour through New England with a physical trail and a web-based application. A major component of the project involved developing a web-based application implemented on a virtual platform. Click here to explore this historic trail.
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The Massachusetts Lafayette Society is dedicated to celebrating the French-American Friendship from Lafayette to the Heroes of the Liberation of France.
In 1935, a law was enacted mandating the Governor of the Commonwealth to issue a proclamation on May 20 each year declaring that day to be the Massachusetts Lafayette Day. May 20, 1834 was the date of Lafayette's death. One of the principal functions of the Massachusetts Lafayette Society is to conduct the Massachusetts Lafayette Day exercises each year to educate the public about General Lafayette and the role of France in the American Revolution.
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