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W3R-PA Activities in 2003 2003 Feb 06: Carpenters' Hall hosted a celebration of the 225th Anniversary of the France-U.S. Treaty of Amity and Commerce, with lectures by historians John Nagy on espionage during the American Revolution and by Dr. Robert Selig on the development and fate of the France-U.S. alliance on 1778. Information on Carpenters' Hall
Other new board members include:
In August, 2005 we contracted with Dr. Bob Selig to produce the W3R-PA Resource Study. In January we received his initial list of resources. We are awaiting the first draft of his final report, which is due now.
During 2005 we convinced the Superintendent of Independence Park to allow us to place a W3R display in the Independence Visitor Center around Memorial Day this year. Thanks to funds from the 225th anniversary federal legislation the National Park Service has agreed to pay $15,000 of the estimated cost of $18,000.
As most of you know we are now working on a fund raiser scheduled for September 1, 2006 -– probably at the National Constitution Center.
On Friday, September 1, 2006 a US Navy warship will arrive at Penn’s Landing to help celebrate the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Congress reviewing the French and American armies on their way to Yorktown. We have planned 2 parades on September 2nd – one in Chester and one in Philadelphia. We have invited a Congressional delegation, French military units, the 3rd U.S. Infantry and about 25 re-enactment groups to join us for the parades. We are working with a local TV station to broadcast the Philadelphia parade live. It is our hope that the publicity associated with the parade will set the stage to help us move ahead to promote the Trail.
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NPS Ranger Steve Sitarski with Revolutionary uniform between flags of the U.S. and of the King of France.
September Planned 225TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
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January -- The W3R Research Report for Pennsylvania was approved for publication. (see 2007 May).
Spring: Article Published in the SAR MagazineW3R-PA President Win Carroll is a member of the W3R Liaison Committee of the National Society of the sons of the American Revolution. The Spring, 2007, issue of The SAR Magazine carried his two-page
article on the 2005-7 activities and plans of the W3R-PA .
April 26: Philadelphia: Press COnferenceThe W3R-PA held a press conference on the site of the 1782 allied encampment to annnounce its plans for 2007-8.
2007 May 8 -- W3R-PA Board MeetingPresident Winchell Carroll called the meeting to order at 11 AM with Mr. Strasbaugh, Ms. Reed, and Mrs. Patten present. The minutes from April 24 were corrected and approved. The Treasurer reports no change since April.
Mr. Carroll has completed a draft of PA Grant request for $40,000 and given it to attorney Susan Garrison for her review, prior to submittal to the state agency.
He also updated the Pennsylvania section W3Rwebsite, which has a 2007 calendar of events and pictures from past events held.
US Senate bill S686 and House version HR1286 are written with Specter, Gerlach, Schartz, and Murphy signed on. Letters have been sent to Casey, Sestak, Brady, Pitts, and Platts to ask them to co-sponsor. Ms. Reed said the best way to make contact is by telephone. The W3R President Kim Burdick, has given supporting congressional testimony.
Copies of the NPS Study on W3R, a colorful book dated October, 2006 was passed around. It details alternatives for marking and preserving the trail.
Mr. Carroll attended the VFNHP commemoration of the French Alliance on May 6 and also attended the PSSDAR Conference in York, PA each on behalf of W3R-PA. He also has met with the new president of the Historical Society of PA, Ms. Kim Saget, in support of W3R.
Ms. Dennis has agreed to serve on the W3R-USA Board as the 3rd representative from PA.
Ms. Reed will formalize names and titles to be listed in Robert Selig's Resource Guide as supporters and contributors to his project.
Plans for 2007 were discussed.
Supplemental fund raising of approximately $10,000 is required to support events in 2007. Ideas discussed include French community contacts and local foundations.
The meeting adjourned at 12:15 PM. Next meeting: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007, 11:00 AM at Hopkinson House.
- - - - - - - - - Respectfully, Ann Patten -- Secretary
May: Many EventsMay -- Hurricane Ernesto Dampens Our Events, But Not Our Spirit! [PDF], by Win Carroll, was published in The SAR Magazine.
May 2 -- Celebration of the publication of "The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1781-1783: An Historical and Architectural Survey", by Dr. Robert A. Selig.
May 6 -- Commemoration of the 229th anniversary of Washington's learning of the Alliance with France in 1778. The Alliance led, ultimately, to the victory at Yorktown in 1781. At the church service of the Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge the lessons for the day were given in French. Major General Jean-Luc Delon, the Military Attache to the French Embassy in Washington, DC was the speaker.
Ben Franklin, George Washington, Rochambeau, and Lafayette gave brief talks to the crowds that gathered to view the parades. The first parade passed Independence Hall in Philadelphia in the morning. The second passed through the Historic District of Chester in the afternoon.
A 55 minute video of the parades, with a television interview of Win Carroll and Dr. Robert Selig summarizing the history of the French Army in the United States. This is best viewed at "original size".
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