Discover New England with the Lafayette Trail App!
Over the past 6 months, the Consulate General of France in Boston and French historian and geographer Julien Icher have been working on designing a Lafayette Trail along with a mobile application based on Lafayette’s Farewell Tour in 1824-25. The mobile app is a great way for any tourist to discover New England’s hidden treasures!
In 1824-1825, Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette, visited the United States in a grand triumphal tour.
Lafayette had been invited by President James Monroe, who saw the tour as a way to kick-off festivities for America’s upcoming 50th anniversary.
Throughout the 24 states Lafayette visited, he was met with huge crowds and celebratory dinners and was cited in every local newspapers.
Nowadays, all historians agree that Lafayette was America’s first French American celebrity!
French historian and geographer Julien Icher, who manages the Lafayette Trail Project for the Consulate General of France in Boston, has been traveling throughout New England, researching and documenting each of Lafayette’s steps, focusing specifically on the major landmarks Lafayette visited, the local people he knew from his service during the Revolutionary War, and the various plaques and memorials to honor his visit.
Julien Icher created an interactive geographical web app which maps Lafayette’s tour. His app allows tourists to navigate through Lafayette’s trail almost 200 years later!
Discover this app by clicking: here
When visiting New England, be sure to open The Lafayette Trail App and enjoy the newest way to travel: walking into the steps of this French legend!
Stay tunned!! These historical trails may become the new trend of the tourism industry!
The Consulate General of France in Boston would like to address a special thanks to Dr. Allan R. Hoffman, President of the American Friends of Lafayette and of the Massachusetts Lafayette Society for his support and expertise. Without his support and the help of these two associations, our project would not have succeeded in such a timely manner. Thank you!
The Consulate General of France in Boston also thanks the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism for the opportunity to present the Lafayette Trail project at the Advisory Council on Travel & Tourism quarterly meeting on June 26, 2017.
For more information, you can read the following article:
And check out these websites:
American Friends of Lafayette: https://friendsoflafayette.wildapri...
Massachusetts Lafayette Society: http://www.lafayettesocietyma.org/
New England Historical Society: http://www.newenglandhistoricalsoci...
New Hampshire Historical Society: https://www.nhhistory.org/Educate/A...
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