Connecticut Lafayette Trail: Lafayette’s Bicentennial Tour of Connecticut in 2024

August 7- September 8, 2024 Connecticut Welcomes Lafayette – AGAIN! A statewide calendar of events in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette. In 1824-1825, as part of a nationwide tour of the United States, Revolutionary War General, Marquis de Lafayette, passed through Connecticut making stops in twenty-six towns along the route. Although fifty years had passed since the close of the Revolutionary War, Lafayette was still revered by Americans and was greeted by thousands of citizens hoping to get a glimpse of the hero as he traveled through the state. Most historians believe that America could not have won the war without the help of the young French General and yet many Americans today know little about him. We hope that the efforts of our committee will educate and remind Connecticut residents of the life and work of this remarkable man. Lafayette visited 28 CT Towns in 1824 – click below to learn what happened in each town! For more information

Symposium: Revolutionary and Human Rights Champion: Lafayette and his Legacy: Fairfield University

Fairfield University 1073 N Benson Rd, Fairfield

September 7, 2024 Join The American Friends of Lafayette for a day-long symposium sponsored by Fairfield University at the Fairfield University Campus on Saturday, September 7, 2024. Registration and ticket information coming soon. Dr. Lloyd Kramer, History Professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Author of Lafayette in Two Worlds: Public Cultures and Personal Identities in an Age of Revolutions. Panelists: Dr. Robert Rhodes Crout, History Professor Emeritus at College of Charleston and President Emeritus of the American Friends of Lafayette. Associate Editor of Lafayette in the Age of the American Revolution: Selected Letters and Papers, 1776-1790, volumes III-V. Dr. Paul S. Spalding, Religion Professor Emeritus at Illinois College. Author of Lafayette: Prisoner of State. Mike Duncan, podcaster and best-selling author of Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution. For more information  

Talk: Lafayette in Norwalk: The Farewell Tour 1824-25

Norwalk Town House Museum 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk

Commemorating the Marquis de Lafayette’s 1824 visit to Norwalk As a part of Lafayette’s Bicentennial Tour of Connecticut, the Norwalk Historical Society is collaborating with the Connecticut Bicentennial Committee to present Lafayette in Norwalk as part of The Connecticut Lafayette Trail, which is devoted to presenting information on the life of Marquis de Lafayette, his aid to America during the Revolutionary War, and his return trip to America in 1824 with a focus on his stops in twenty-six towns in Connecticut. For more information