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Lafayette's Farewell Tour- A Presentation and Reception
Saturday, May 3, 2014

Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825

 In 1824-25, the Marquis de Lafayette returned to the United States for a Farewell Tour of the young nation he helped liberate as a general in George Washington's Continental Army.  The 67-year-old apostle of liberty was the last surviving major general of the Revolutionary War and he was welcomed with adoration by the American people who were flush with pride and prosperity.  Although pleased with the nation's progress, Lafayette and his entourage minced no words when it came to the searing problem of "Slavery of the Blacks" and the plight of the Indian Tribes.  They considered these grave concerns for a country in which "all men are created equal."

During Lafayette's travels in Maryland, he was a guest at the Frederick home of his friend Colonel John McPherson from Decemeber 29-31, 1824.

On Saturday, May 3, hear Alan Hoffman, the first scholar to complete the unabridged translation of the journal of Lafayette's Farewell Tour, speak on Lafayette's visit to Maryland and the meaning of his words for a 21st century America.  Afterwards, enjoy a reception at the McPherson-Ross House, the home where Lafayette stayed, and see historically-inspired wall murals depicting Lafayette's journey into Frederick, by local artist Virginia Jacobs McLaughlin.  Visit our Event Page for more information and to register!   

Heritage Fund Grant Recipients Announced

Preservation Maryland is pleased to announce it has recently awarded grants totaling $22,700 to twelve nonprofit organizations and local governments through its Heritage Fund grant program. The Heritage Fund supports preservation projects and organizations through grants that are awarded for a variety of purposes - from emergency repairs to case studies - and range from $500 to $5,000.  

On February 26, 2014 Heritage Fund grants were awarded to the following organizations:

$ 1,200-Asbury Broadneck UM ChurchNew Unity Church, Baltimore
$ 3,000-City of Cambridge
$ 2,000-Emory Grove Association of Baltimore
$ 1,500-Historic Annapolis
$ 1,500-Historical Society of Harford County
$ 1,500 -London Town Foundation
$ 3,000-Maryland Theatre Association
$ 3,000- Mayor and Council of Federalsburg
$ 1,000-Mt. Vernon Place Conservancy
$ 1,500-New Unity Church Ministries (pictured right)
$ 2,000-Town of Princess Anne
$ 1,500-Wesley United Methodist Church at Mission

The next deadline for grant application is June 1, 2014. For further information about the Heritage Fund program, please click here or contact Marilyn Benaderet, Preservation Services Director at 410-685-2886 x303.

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