The below organizations were instrumental in the creation of Hermione and her journey to Castine. Please click on the names below to read about these organizations and the amazing things that they do.
“So that freedom lives, men will always have to stand up and fight against indifference or resignation.”
La Fayette was one of them, and remains a symbol to this day. Rebuilding the Hermione—the frigate he took to go to America—is a way of paying an authentic homage to La Fayette and keep the memory of a great adventure of solidarity between people.
In July 1997, the Hermione-La Fayette association embarked for a tremendous challenge : the reconstruction of the Hermione frigate—the ship which allowed La Fayette to join the American insurgents in the struggle for their independence in 1780.
Rebuilding the Hermione means reconstituting of an element of our maritime heritage. It’s the opening of a big construction site contributing to the economy and culture of a whole region.
For more than a quarter of a century, Community Arts Resources has been a key innovator of engaging, interactive public events. Its work to create temporary public spaces with culturally-based programming has been critically recognized as one of the key elements in Los Angeles’ current transformation.
In 2015, a handcrafted replica of the Hermione—the 18th century frigate that brought the young Marquis de Lafayette with French troops back to General Washington, a historic voyage that changed the course in our quest for independence—will return to America.
The Hermione’s itinerary reaffirms the historic relationship between the United States and France. The Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc., a non-profit group, supports this exciting adventure—partnering alongside local heritage and nautical groups, students and teachers K- through-12, and many cultural organizations, museums and universities—with a full program of exciting educational, musical, culinary and special events scheduled at each port during 2015.