AUGUST 6th to 9th, 2020



The annual meeting of The American Friends of Lafayette will convene on AUGUST 6th-9th at West Point, New York. Members will be protected from possible cancellation of this new date as all room reservations are refundable as are the registration fees.

If you have received an email stating that your reservation was cancelled, you will need to reserve your room again. Call 845-446-4731 and choose option 1 to reach the reservation team. Please reference the 'American Friends of Lafayette Rate Code' in your call.

If you have sent your reservation fee, there is no need to send another check; they are being held at this time. If you have not provided the identification details requested in the original email, please check your inbox for the latest IMPORTANT UPDATE email and supply the needed information.

Our official hotel is the Historic Thayer Hotel on the grounds of the United States Military Academy.  The AFL has negotiated a special rate of $219 per night (+ taxes and fees). To reserve your room, simply call 845-446-4731 and choose option 1 to reach the  reservations team.  Please reference the “American Friends of Lafayette Rate code”. 

Deadline to make your reservation at the Historic Thayer Hotel is now JUNE 7THNo rooms will be available after that date.

There are other, less expensive hotels around the United States Military Academy.  Feel free to check those out if you are so inclined.

The registration fee for the annual meeting is $200 per person. This includes all meals (two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners).  This also includes all transportation (buses Friday and Saturday), tours, entrance fees, guides and speakers.

Please mail your registration check ($200pp) made out to the American Friends of Lafayette to...

Chuck Schwam

302 Hart Road

Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Since the Historic Thayer Hotel is on the grounds of the USMA, security is VERY tight.  In order to get on the grounds of the USMA you must provide identification details BEFORE you arrive.  Consequently, I will ask you to please reply to this email providing the following information for all persons....

  • First Name
  • Middle Initial
  • Last Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Drivers License Number AND State it was issued
  • OR another form of ID of you do not have a Drivers License


  1. Book your hotel.
  2. Mail the registration check.
  3. reply to this email with the requested identification information.

Thursday, August 6th

  • 7pm Welcome reception at the Thayer Hotel – refreshments, camaraderie & three guest speakers…
    • (1)    LTC Seanegan Sculley (Military Academy Professor and Author) – Will discuss West Point during the Revolutionary War.
    • (2)    Julien Icher (President of the Lafayette Trail) will update us on his Lafayette Trail Marker Project.
    • (3)      Robert Crout (AFL President Emeritus) – Will discuss the correspondence between Dennis Hart Mahan, a cadet who met the Nation’s Guest at West Point in 1824, and Lafayette.
  • Friday, August 7th
  • Breakfast at the Thayer Hotel
  • Bus Tour of West Point Military Academy
    • Three-hour Historical Tour with West Point Guides (on and off the bus).
    • We will lay a wreath at the Tadeusz Kościuszko Memorial Statue.
    • We will visit the Superintendent's Quarters (built in 1820 and visited by Lafayette).
    • Inside the Superintendent's Quarters we will see the “Lafayette Clock” given to the Military Academy by Lafayette during his visit in 1824.
  • Lunch at Park Restaurant
  • Visit to the West Point Museum
    • The West Point Museum is the United States’ oldest federal museum.  Its origins can be traced to the American Revolution.  Captured artillery pieces, small arms and accouterments brought to West Point became training aids for the fledgling Corps of Cadets and the Revolutionary War artillery park at Fort Clinton (West Point) was a tourist attraction despite the relative isolation of the area in the late 18th century.
  • Tour of the The Frederic V. Malek West Point Visitors Center
    • Videos on cadet life and West Point history.
    • Exhibits include a full-scale cadet barracks room, a cadet uniform room, cadet daily life, academic fields of endeavor and the admissions process.
  • The Annual Banquet of the American Friends of Lafayette
    • Guest speaker Mark M. Trapp, author of A Destiny of Undying Greatness: Kiffin Rockwell and the Boys Who Remembered Lafayette.   Trapp will discuss the members of the Lafayette Escadrille, their motivations, exploits, and importance. 

Saturday, August 8th

  • Breakfast at the Thayer Hotel
  • Annual Business Meeting of the American Friends of Lafayette
  • Lunch
  • Bus Tour
    • Stoney Point Battlefield (wonderful historic site with spectacular views).
    • DeWint House – George Washington’s Headquarters on four different occasions.
    • Major John André Monument - the Site of Major John André's Hanging and Burial.
  • Dinner at the Old ‘76 House
    • The Old ’76 House was in 1668 and served as the “prison” of the Revolution’s most notorious spy, Major John André.
    • Robert Norden will discuss the specifics of John André and Benedict Arnold’s relationship.

Sunday, August 9th

  • Optional Sailing trip on the Hudson River
    • More on this in a forthcoming email.  This will be an optional event with a separate registration fee.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Thank you and vive Lafayette!!!

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"The American Friends of Lafayette" is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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