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Bicentennial Celebration of Lafayette’s Farewell Tour to America

Thursday, September 15, 2022, 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM
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Elizabeth Haile
BMAV Event
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Lafayette’s Farewell Tour saw the 67 year old last surviving major general of the American Revolution triumphantly return to the country he loved. Both Congress and President James Monroe had invited him with the hope that his visit might reignite patriotic fervor in a politically divided America, fast approaching its 50th Anniversary. Lafayette hoped to return to France with the story of a successful democracy. From August 15, 1824 to September 9, 1825, Lafayette covered over 6000 miles by carriage, stagecoach, canal barge, and steamboat, traveling to all 24 exiting states and “Washington City.” Everywhere he went and with a renewed patriotism, Lafayette was met with adoration and accolades as the American hero he was. This presentation will cover the details of Lafayette’s Farewell Tour of America, how it will be celebrated in 2024 – 2025, and how everyone will have the opportunity to get involved.

Dr. Patricia Maclay is a lifetime member of the American Friends of Lafayette and is on both its Governing Board as well as the National Steering Committee for the Bicentennial Celebration of Lafayette’s Farewell Tour scheduled for 2024 – 2025. Beside national presentations, she is responsible for planning both the Lafayette Farewell Tour commemorative visit to Fort McHenry as well as the reenactment of a Joint Session of the U.S. Congress. She also serves on the planning committees for Philadelphia, and New York City.

In DAR, Dr. Maclay is the immediate past Maryland State Historian and is now State Chair for the DAR Leadership Training Courses. She also serves as National Vice Chair for the DAR’s commemoration of the Lafayette.

Co-hosted by BMAV and Connie Morella Library. Go here for the Zoom link.