Between July 1824 and September 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette – the last surviving French general of the American Revolutionary War – toured the United States at the invitation of President James Monroe to help mark the fledgling nation’s 50th anniversary. Lafayette’s tour encompassed several stops in Maine, including a visit to Portland, where he was greeted by Stephen Longfellow, who was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s father.
The Lafayette Trail, Inc. is a nonprofit Franco-American effort to document, map and mark the footsteps of Lafayette during his 1824-1825 visit. Julien Icher, President of The Lafayette Trail, visited Maine Historical Society to research and identify locations in Maine associated with Lafayette’s visit. Join us as Mr. Icher returns to MHS to share his findings, and learn more about “America’s favorite fighting Frenchman” in Maine!
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