Affiliates of the W3R-US 

National and Multi-state Trails | Parks, Museums, Historic Homes
French Associations | History Associations, Centers, Archives
Lineage Societies | Living Biographers | Re-enactment

State Affiliates: MA    RI    CT    NY    NJ    PA    DE    MD    DC    VA


The National W3R Association (W3R-US) initiates, coordinates, and publicizes the efforts of many affiliated groups and individuals on projects that enhance the value and enjoyment of the W3R-NHT.
Our Affiliates have provided
      (1) goals which have inspired individuals to action,
      (2) events to incorporate in W3R anniversary events,
      (3) aid in securing public or private funding or actions,
      (4) members, volunteers, and advisors,
      (5) donors, participants, and supporters.
Most of the research, commemorations, signage, events, and touring is accomplished through our state chapters and their state and local affiliates, some of which are listed on the state W3R pages. These local organizations are vital to the ongoing effort to join the many historic sites and sections of the trail into a coherent whole story of French aid to the U.S. during 1775-1783.


Re-enactment Organizations 

Brigade of the American Revolution (BAR) is a national organization coordinating the efforts of many groups that portray the activities of American military units from the Revolutionary War. Paul Ackerman, Past Commander of the the BAR and a member of the W3R-USA coordinated
the 2006 re-enactments along the W3R.

Continental Line is a national organization coordinating the efforts of many groups that portray the activities of American military units from the Revolutionary War.


Living Biographers 

Lafayette (a young French officer who served as an American General) is often portrayed by Mark Schneider from Colonial Williamsburg.

Rochambeau (the French General) is often portrayed by John B. Welsh,
Email: jbwelsh@comcast.net

Washington (the American General) is often portrayed by
Carl Closs


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Lineage Organizations 

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is an international lineage organization which represents descendants of those in America and elsewhere who supported the struggle of the United States to achieve an independent government. Its goals are patriotic, educational, and historic. As part of their celebration of the 225th anniversary of the American Revolution they established a committee to support the development of the W3R, with a designated representative in each state along the W3R.

The Daughters of the Cincinnati is a lineage organization comprised of direct descendants of the officers who served in the Continental Army under Gen. Washington.

The Society of the Cincinnati is an international lineage organization comprised of direct descendants of the officers who served in the Continental Army under Gen. Washington or who served in the French Expeditionary Force under Gen. Rochambeau.

Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is an international lineage organization comprised of descendants of those in America and elsewhere who supported the struggle of the United States to achieve an independent government. Its goals are patriotic, educational, and historical. The SAR has had a W3R Liaison or Committee to support the development of the W3R, with a designated representative in each state along the W3R.

Sons of the Revolution (SR) is a national lineage organization comprised of descendants of the active military or legislatures or appointed officials during the struggle of the United States to achieve an independent government. Its goals are patriotic, educational, historical, and fraternal.


French Associations 

The Les Amis de Rochambeau en Vendômois (The Friends of Rochambeau in Vendôme) is a French organization to honor the Comte de Rochambeau, who had an illustrious career in France both before and after his service as commander of French troops in the American War of Independence. The website has photos and descriptions of the activities of this group, including photos of the general's home, with many people in 18th century dress and uniforms.

The Branche Française of the SAR organized an international Alliance Day program in February 2003 to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce -- the first diplomatic recognition of the United States as an independent nation.

Socieity Française des Cincinnati -- the French branch of The Society of the Cincinnati (link provided above) --. is comprised of descendants of the officers who served in the French army and navy around the world while France and the U.S. were allied during the American Revolution. This includes the participants in the Expeditionary Force under Gen. Rochambeau and the sailors in Admiral de Grasse's fleet..

Cultural Services of the French Embassy -- learn about the current programs in cultural exchange and education sponsored by the French Embassy. This site has links to programs and events in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC.

Souvenier Français is an international organization dedicated to marking the graves of French soldiers and sailors around the globe.

The Alliance Française is a world-wide organization to encourage the study of the French language and literature, promote French culture and foster friendly relations between France and other nations. (This Web site is for the Philadelphia Branch.)


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History Associations, Centers, Archives 

The American Friends of Lafayette is an historical and patriotic society dedicated to the memory of Major General Gilbert Motier, Marquis de Lafayette and to the study of his life and times in America and France.

The American Revolution Association   (ARA) provides scholarship, fellowship and fun for Revolutionary War constituencies across the country and throughout the world. Its website includes a magazine with articles on the Revolution by noted scholars, a calendar of upcoming commemorations and historical symposia, photos of past events, an on-line store for period attire, and links to other resources.

Expèdition Particulière is an association of people interested in the members and activities of the French Expeditionary Force (Expèdition Particulière).

The George Washington Society, Ltd. is a non-political historical group dedicated to the promotion of a better understanding of George Washington and his ideals, achievements and contributions to the United States of America and humankind.

Hermione-La Fayette Association is an international group which -- during 1997-2014 -- built a replica of L'Hermione. In April 1780 this ship brought American General Lafayette back to the United States from France. Lafayette carried a secret message to General Washington that France was about to send thousands of troops in an expeditionary force under General Rochambeau. Their mission was to help the Continental Army defeat and expel the occupying British army from the United States.
In 2015 a new website was launched to support the 2015 tour of the replica L'Hermione to ports along the east coast of the United States.
Hermione 2015 // Mission Statement

The McNeil Center for Early American Studies is an interdisciplinary community of scholars who study the histories and cultures of North America in the Atlantic world before 1850. It has hosted several symposia on the W3R®

The National Mall Liberty Fund, D.C. is working toward placing on the Mall in Washington DC a monument commemorating the contributions of Americans of African descent to the American Revolution. This would include soldiers, sailors, and the transport and supply operations of the Continental army.

State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs) and their staffs and advisors have kept the need for respecting and learning from our history before state legislatures and private foundations so as to provide the funds and legislation needed for effective action. For further information on a particular state check that state's government's web site.

USHistory.org  is a "Congress of Websites" created by the Independence Hall Association in Philadelphia. Its mission is to educate the public about the Revolutionary and Colonial eras of American history, as well as Philadelphia generally.
     


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