June 8th to June 11th
The American Friends of Lafayette is delighted to announce that it will hold the 2017 annual meeting in and around Lafayette College from June 8th to June 11th. We will be changing the format a bit with exciting plans that I'm sure everyone will enjoy.
Our hotel headquarters will be in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This lovely town is a swath of Americana with quaint shops and historic buildings. Our hotel will be situated on Main Street, only blocks from where Lafayette was first brought after taking a musket ball in his leg at the battle of Brandywine. Main Street Bethlehem also boasts the oldest continuously run bookstore in the world. We will provide a guided walking tour of Bethlehem during the weekend.
There will a welcome reception on Thursday night. We will budget plenty of time for socializing that evening as many of you only see one another once every year. We will provide light refreshments and lively speakers.
As in past years, we will spend Friday touring historic sights via motor coach. The Morristown encampment will be a highlight of that day along with other important landmarks pertaining to Lafayette. We plan on holding our banquet that evening at Historic Bethlehem Hotel. The history and beauty of this hotel alone would make it the best hotel we have booked in recent years. The Historic Bethlehem Hotel boasts past guests that include world leaders, famous entertainers and athletes.
On Saturday, we will spend the entire day at our Mecca, Lafayette College in Easton Pennsylvania. Amongst the stately buildings and exquisite campus grounds, we will hold a breakfast and our annual business meeting. Of course Diane Shaw will have some special Lafayette-related artifacts for us to see. As Director for Special Collections & College Archives and the AFL's own Curator, Diane always seems to have new and exciting objects to display.
After lunch on Saturday at the college, there will be a new discussion-group format unveiled. We plan to organize break-out sessions on topics related to Lafayette’s life, work and legacy. At the college's Skillman Library, we will have historians and authors situated in several rooms associated with different topics. AFL members will be able to move from room to room engaging with other AFL members and the experts in small group settings. I’m sure that this new format will prove to be educational and great fun.
On Saturday evening, we attend a reception with an exhibition of Lafayette portraits in the College Art Gallery. Afterwards, we will have dinner in Lafayette College's Wilson Room that boasts a stunning, modern stained glass rendering of Lafayette.
As in years past, , transportation to all of the above events will be provided. We will hold a Sunday brunch as well. Several guest speakers have been lined up as we are already preparing for this great weekend. I will send more details, hotel arrangements and registration information in early 2017. For now, please mark the dates of June 8th to 11th, 2017 on your calendars. 2017 might prove to be our best annual meeting ever.
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