June 8th to June 11th
Open REGISTRATION FORM
Registration Deadline is Monday, May 8th, 2017
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
As many of you know, our 2017 annual meeting will be in Bethlehem, PA and Easton, PA at Lafayette College from June 8th to 11th. This will be an exciting gathering as we have put together an itinerary chock full of Lafayette-related sites, exclusive tours, informative speakers, great food and a twist!!!
Per usual, we have scheduled a touring day on Friday, visiting three very interesting Lafayette-related sites...
On July 23, 1825, braving a heat wave which sent the temperature soaring to 104 degrees, Lafayette visited the newly expanded Philadelphia water system. Known as the Fairmount Water Works, the system was an engineering marvel and the wonder of our young country. We will be given a private, historical tour that highlights what Lafayette saw when he visited these waterworks.
On Saturday, we will breakfast at Allan P. Kirby's Chateau Chavaniac, just north of the Lafayette campus. This 1930s-era structure was built to resemble Lafayette's birthplace. We will then conduct our business meeting at the lovely Skillman Library at Lafayette College. We will lunch at the library and then...
Our "twist" this year is to provide a more social, interactive and scholarly afternoon on Saturday. We have three speakers lined up who will provide new insights about Lafayette. The talks will be informal with time for audience interaction. We will also have a chance to peruse the Special Collections, chock full of Lafayette artifacts. Dinner that evening will be in the Wilson Room of the Alumni Center of Lafayette College, which has a striking rendering of General Lafayette in stained glass. Spending the whole day at the college will allow members to socialize, study and relax without interruption.
The Hotel is located in a designated National Register Historic District in Pennsylvania. This district encompasses a Top 10 USA Today Main Street adjacent to the residential historic homes from the 18th and 19th century as well as Historic Moravian Bethlehem. In 2016 Historic Moravian Bethlehem was nominated to the US tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage Site Designation. All this iconic history is right outside the hotel's front door.
Also on Main Street in Bethlehem you will find a plethora of wonderful shopping opportunities to include the Moravian Book Store operating since 1745. There are also dozens of eating establishments on Main Street for dinner Thursday night. I'll send more details in May.
The Historic Hotel Bethlehem will be where we hold our welcome reception Thursday evening, our breakfast Friday morning and out banquet Friday evening. This will also be where our motor coaches load and unload. We've negotiated a discounted rate for our members at this elegant hotel of $159 per night (Thursday & Friday) and $179 per night (Saturday).
In case you are looking for more economical accommodations we've also negotiated a rate at the Hyatt Place Bethlehem of $119 per night (all three). The Hyatt Place Bethlehem is located at 45 W North St, Bethlehem, PA 18018 (five blocks away from the Historic Hotel Bethlehem).
Our hope is that members will stay all three nights (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) as we have many activities planned (well into Sunday afternoon - see details below).
PLEASE RESERVE YOUR ROOMS IMMEDIATELY.
To reserve your rooms you must mention the American Friends of Lafayette at either ...
· Historic Hotel Bethlehem 610-625-5000
· Hyatt Place Bethlehem at 610-625-0500 or https://bethlehem.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=G-AFLA
Hotels are holding rooms until May 9th.
As of right now, our itinerary looks like this...
The registration fee for the weekend will be $200 per person. This includes six meals, motor coach transportation Friday and bus shuttles Saturday. The registration fee also covers entry fees for all three stops Friday and our entire day at Lafayette College on Saturday. Click here to open registration form.
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