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about numerous topics related to General Rochambeau
and the American Revolution








Date Time Event
 
Wednesday,
March 16, 2016
 7:00 PM
 
R.J. Julia Booksellers Local and Independent Author Event: History

location:
R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443





Monday,
April 13, 2015

  Four Women in the Time of Rochambeau - c.1781: A Queen, A Countess, A Future First Lady, and A Camp  Follower
(Powerpoint Presentation)

All are welcome!
             
St. John's Council of Catholic Women

Location:
St. John's School, Father Cooney Parish Center
760 Main Street, Watertown, CT

Contact: Carol Turonis
Phone No.: (860) 274-0451    

     
Thursday,
June 9, 2015
 4:00 PM
French General Rochambeau brings 5,500 troops  from France to America 1780

Location:
Osterville Village Library
43 Wianno Avenue, Osterville, MA 02655

Contact: Kirby Lee
Phone No.: 508-428-5757
Email: klee@clamsnet.org



November 2015 - to be announced

 to be announced
 Meeting of the Society of the Cincinnati in New Haven, CT
 
Saturday,
March 7, 2015
 
4:00 PM
 
Rochambeau Marches Across CT


Location:

Wardell Community Room
Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068 

Contact: Lou Bocceri
Phone No.: 860-824-4727
 
November 2014
   
Five days - Pilot Rochambeau Study Course :

The Importance of Rochambeau and French Aid  during the American Revolution

Location: Millstream Farm Montessori Middle School, New Hartford, CT
(for students only)

Sponsored by: Montessori School of Greater Hartford

Contact: Caren Ross, Principal of Millstream
Email:carenross@charter.net.


Sunday,
October 5, 2014


3:00 PM

General Rochambeau and 4,000 Troops March Through Connecticut and into New York in 1781 with return trip 1782

Location:
Ruth Keeler Library
276 Titicus Road (behind Town Hall)
North Salem, NY

Sponsored by the North Salem Historical Society
Contact: Susan J. Thompson
Phone No.:  914-669-5161

 
Monday,
August 4, 2014
 
6:00 PM
 
Four Women in the Time of Rochambeau - A Queen, A Countess, A First Lady and A Camp Follower
Powerpoint Presentation with book signing

Location:
Dormann Library
101 West Morris Street
Bath, NY

Sponsored Jointly  by:
Steuben County Historical Society            
and The Dormann Library

Contact:
Carol Berry
Phone No.: 607-776-04613



Saturday,
May 31, 2014

 10:00 AM


Mount Kisco History Extravaganza
Powerpoint presentation:
Rochambeau Marches with 4,000 troops Across Connecticut into New York (with concentration on Westchester Co.,  local area.)

Jini Jones Vail presentations continued:

Location:
Mount Kisco Library,
Large Conference Room
100 E. Main Street, Mt. Kisco, NY

Sponsored jointly by:
American Society of Le Souvenir Francais
Mount Kisco Library
Bedford Historical Society

Contact:
Harry McCartney
E-mail: mcctney@prodigy.net



Monday,
May 12, 2014


 
7:30 PM
 
Rochambeau in Connecticut
Powerpoint Presentation
 
Location:
Newtown Historical Society
Booth Library, Community Room,
25 Main Street, Newtown, CT.

All are welcome!

Contact: William R. Brett
email: wrbmjb@sbcglobal.net


 
Saturday,
April 26, 2014
 
 11:00 AM
 
Four Women in the Time of Rochambeau:
A Queen, A Countess, A First Lady and A Camp Follower

PowerPoint presentation.

Alliance Francaise Annual Meeting
Woodbury Senior Center

Contact: Marcy Jackson
Phone No.:203-263-4096


 
Wednesday,
April 9, 2014


 

7:00 PM


Rochambeau, Washington's Ideal Lieutenant
Rochambeau's March to Liberty (Powerpoint Presentation)
Book Discussion with author

Location:
Thomaston Public Library,
248 Main St., Thomaston, CT

All are welcome!

Contact: Debra Radosevich
email: dradosevich@biblio.org


Monday,
March 3, 2014


This speech was canceled due to weather, we will notify you of a new date
 
7:30 PM
 
Four Women in the Time of Rochambeau - c.1781:
A Queen, A Countess, A Future First Lady, and A Camp  Follower
(Powerpoint Presentation)
All are welcome!
            
St. John's Council of Catholic Women

Location:
St. John's School, Father Cooney Parish Center,
760 Main Street, Watertown, CT

Contact: Carol Turonis
Phone No.: (860) 274-0451   

  

Monday,
February 10, 2014


6:00 PM dinner
7:15 speaker


General Rochambeau and the Duc de Lauzun,
Cavalry Commander, March Through Connecticut (Powerpoint Presentation)
SAR, David Humphreys Chapter

Location:
Carmine's Tuscan Grill (private meeting room)
1500 Whalley Ave.,
New Haven, CT  
        
Contact: John Bradford Towle
email: johntowle@aol.com
Phone No.: (203) 874-6021


 
Saturday,
December 14, 2013
 
12::00 noon
 
Wreaths Across America
Old Burying Ground, Main Street, Watertown, CT
Trumbull -Porter Chapter, US-DAR Honors Revolutionary War Veterans.
Wreaths laid on some 60 graves with speakers: Town, VFW and DAr Officials present.

 
Thursday,
September 19, 2013
 
6:00 PM Wine Reception
6:30 PM Lecture begins
 
 
"The March Heard 'Round the World, Rochambeau Marches  Through Connecticut."
Fall Lecture PowerPoint talk
   

Location:
Webb-Deane-Stebens Museum

211 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT06109

Contact: Julie Winkel
Phone No.: (203) 815-0800


Thursday,
May 30, 2013
 9:00 AM
 
Pierpont Cemetery, East Main Street, Waterbury, CT

Memorial Ceremony for Two Unknown French Soldiers who died on Rochambeau's March to victory at Yorktown.
Reception to follow at the Generali Middle School, Waterbury, CT

Participants: Mr. William Pierpont, City officials, Generali Middle School Band and students to give speeches, Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag, The  Star Spangled Banner and the Marseillaise, French National Anthem.

Margaret M. Generali Elementary School Principal will be presented with a copy of Jini Jones Vail's book, Rochambeau: Washington's Ideal Lieutenant, a French General's Role in the American Revolution. The copy is for the school library.

Contact: Col. John Chiarella (Ret) Organizer and Master of Ceremonies for many years.
Phone No.: (203) 754-0271


Sunday,
December 9, 2012
   
Arrival of Marchers on last leg of Rochambeau's 1782 route from Yorktown, VA  to Boston area to embark soldiers from America, mission accomplished!

In attendance will be local re-enactors representing several French regiments from the 1780's.

1:00 PM
Welcome marchers at Bunker Hill with "photo Op" at the U.S.S. Constitution

Location: 

Bunker Hill Monument, Boston NationalHistorical Park followed by visit to the U.S.S. Constitution

2:00 PM
Address by Dr. Robert Selig describing the Massachusetts portion of the Washington-
Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (W3R)
Place: 
Bunker Hill Museum across from the Monument

Free and Open to the Public

Jini Jones Vail will have a limited number of books with her on Christmas sale

Sunday,
November 18, 2012
  4:00 PM  
Alliance Francaise of New Haven

Location:
Luce, Yale Campus
34 Hillhouse, New Haven,CT

Topic: Rochambeau in CT

Sponsored by : the Alliance Francaise of New Haven, CT
Contact: Marie-Dominnique Boyce
Phone No.: (203) 606-6866


Saturday,
October 20, 2012
   
Fall Meeting of the W3R-US (Washington-RochambeauRevolutionary Route)
conducted by Sallie de Barcza, Chairman

Location:
Two Rivers Country Club,
1400 Two Rivers Road, Williamsburg, VA

10:00 AM  Membership and Board Meeting

10:00 Am - noon Rochambeau Book Table

12:30 PM  Luncheon

1:30 PM    2012-2013 State Projects Calendar

6:30 PM    Cocktails and Dinner followed by  guest keynote speaker:
               M. le General de Lafayette (Mark Schneider)

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Rochambeau Book Table for author Vail to sign and dedicate books                        

Contact: Veronica Eid, 718 Princeton Ave,. Wilmington, DE 1980

Friday,
October 19, 2012
 10: 00 AM - noon  
Rochambeau Book table

Location:
Custom House
408 Main St.
Yorktown, VA


Friday,
October 19, 2012
   
Yorktown Day Commemorating
231st Anniversary of the Victory at Yorktown, VA

8:45 AM
Ceremony at French Cemetery, Yorktown Battlefield
Sponsored by: Peninsula French Club

9:30 AM
Wreath Laying at grave of Gov.Thomas Nelson, Jr. at Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown  Sponsored by:Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution.

10:30 AM
Yorktown Day Parade, Main St.
Sponsored by: the Yorktown Day Association

11:15 AM
Patriotic Exercises and Memorial Wreath Laying at the Monument to Alliance and Victory, Yorktown
Sponsored by: Yorktown Day Association

11:30 AM
Brunswick Stew lunch at Grace Church
Sponsored by: the Yorktown Women's Club

12:30 PM
Buffet Luncheon at the Freight Shed Water Street, Yorktown
Sponsored by: Yorktown Day Association and the Colonial National Historical Park.

                     ~~ Rochambeau books available at above locations ~~

Contact Phone No. to all events: (757) 898-2410


Thursday,
October 18, 2012
 6:30 PM  
Buffet supper fundraiser
Comte de Grasse Chapter,USDAR

Location:
The Freight Shed
Water Street
Yorktown, VA
Rochambeau books available : signed and dedicated by the author, Jini Jones Vail
Contact: SusanDewing@cox.net

Friday,
October 5th, 2012
   
Morning private guided tour of locations having to do with General Lafayette and other Revolutionary sites in Marblehead.

Thursday,
October 4th, 2012
 2:30 PM  
Jeremiah Lee Mansion,
170 Washington St., Marblehead, MA
Guided Tour of the Mansion. Lee was an early patriot and supporter, supplier, and clandestine importer of arms and munitions in the early days of American Revolution. Lee's contribution is covered in Vail's book on Rochambeau's American campaign.

Saturday,
September 29, 2012
 10:00 AM
Harts Brook Park and Preserve,
Hartsdale, NY.

guided hike at the Gaisman Estate, partial site of the 6 week encampment of General Rochambeau's 4,000man French Army 1781

1:30PM
RidgeRoad County Park, Hartsdale, NY, The Rochambeau Ramble guided by Frank Jazzo, to the O/Dell House, Rochambeau's Headquarters with talk by Robert Stackpole highlighting the ongoing restoration of the historic house and  grounds by/ Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (W3R) and local funding.

Book table and signing of Rochambeau book
contact: Frank Jazzo: 914-993-1641

 
Thursday,
August 16, 2012
 7:00 - 7:30 PM  
Interview with Dr. Thomas Brophy
Comcast cable TV, channel 13, public access broadcasting in Waterbury, Wolcott, Middlebury, Plainville, Terryville, and Prospect, CT
Contact: Marilyn Chaplen
Phone No.: (203) 756 - 0588

Thursday,
August 9, 2012
 12:00 noon until 2:00 PM  
The John Bale Book Co./Cafe
158 Grand Street
Waterbury, CT
Contact:  Hank
Phone No.: (203) 591-1801


Saturday,
July 7, 2012
   
Heritage Day

Location:
Hopkins Vineyard
Lake Waramaug
Washington, CT
Sponsored by: Sons of the American Revolution, (SAR), DAR and CAR

Contact:  Judy Sawyer
Phone No.: (860) 489-8859


Sunday,
July 1, 2012
 noon      
Aulls Family Association Reunion picnic
Wheeler, Steuben County, NY

Sponsored by:

Aulls Family Reunion
Contact: President: Jini Jones Vail
jini@jinijonesvail.com

  

 
Friday,
June 29, 2012
3:00 PM

Hornell Library
64 Genesee Street, Hornell, NY  

Sponsored by:

Friends of the Hornell Library

Contact: Kathie Lyke
Phone No.: (607) 324-1210

Thursday,
June 28, 2012
 6:30 PM
Dormann Library
101 W. Morris Street, Bath, NY
Contact: Carol Berry
Phone No.: (607) 776-04613


Sunday,
June 24, 2012
 2:00 - 4:00 PM
 
Meet Local Authors, Southbury's 225th celebration

Location:
Southbury Public Library
100 Poverty Road, Southbury, CT

Sponsored by:
The Southbury Public Library
Contact: (203) 262-0626


Saturday,
June 2, 2012
 1:30 PM
 
Bolton High School
The Student Commons
72 Brandy Street, Bolton, CT, 06043
Contact: Hans DePold
Email: depoldh@gmail.com

To honor CT Congressman John Larson's contribution
 in establishing the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route, National Historic Trail (W3R-NHT) a Resolution/Citation, will be signed and presented by Gov. Malloy. Larson will receive a Medallion commemorating the Capitulation of Yorktown - Cornwallis' surrender to Washington and Rochambeau.

In attendance:  

  • Ct Governor Danel Malloy;
  • State Senator Steve Cassano;
  • State Rep. Pamela Sawyer;
  • National Park Service W3R NHT Superintendent Joe Dibello;
  • Chair of W3R CT, Bolton Town Historian, Hans DePold;
  • Bolton Historical Society President John Toomey;
  • Kevin Sullivan Commissioner Dept. Revenue Services;
  • Sons of the American Revolution Ct Line;
  • Society of Cincinnati President Stephen Shaw;
  • Le Souvenir Francais Serge Gabriel;
  • Historian Robert Selig;
  • Bolton First Selectman Robert Morra;
  • Bolton Superintendent of Schools Paul Smith;
  • Honorary French Consul in CT Yolande Bosman;
  • Dept. of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Kip Bergstrom;
  • Inter Community Historic Resources President, Columbia Historical Society President, CT Heritage Trails Ingrid Wood;
  • CT Heritage Trails Patricia Morianos;
  • Bolton Town Clerk, CT Heritage Trails, Susan DePold
  • Author, Rochambeau, Washington's Ideal Lieutenant, Trumbull-Porter DAR, Alliance Francaise de NW CT, Jini Jones Vail;

and students.

Following the presentation and addresses the group will progress outside for a raising of the flag and Libation service/ceremony performed by Sheldon's 2nd Light Dragoons under Commander Sal Tarentino (as originally performed by Washington's Mounted Dragoons). It is a memorial service to honor all veterans past and present.


 

Wednesday,
May 2, 2012

 

  evening  
Mattapoisett, MA

Sponsored by:

Private Book Club
Contact: S. Sylvia


 

Tuesday,
March 27, 2012
 6:30 PM  
Silas Bronson Library
267 Grand St., Waterbury, CT

Sponsored by:

Silas Bronson Library - to honor Women's History Month
"Four Women at the Time of Rochambeau: A Queen, A Countess, A Future First Lady, and A Camp Follower"
Contact: Anita Bologna
Phone No.: (203) 574-8200


Saturday,
March 3, 2012
 10:15 AM  
Nasau Club
6 Mercer St., Princeton, NJ

Sponsored by:

Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route, N.J.
Contact: Sallie T. de Barcza, Chairman, W3R-US & W3R-NJ
Phone No.: (908) 930-6491
E-mail: deBarcza@co.somerset.nj.us


Saturday,
February 25, 2012 
   
George Washington Birthday Ball
J. Timothy's Taverne
143 New Britain Avenue,  Plainville, CT 06062

Sponsored by:
T
he 5th Connecticut Regiment
Period Dress requested, Dancing and Music by "The Reel Thing"
Phone No. to J. Timothy's Taverne: (860) 747-6813


Saturday,
February 4, 2012
 1:00 PM  
Gunn Memorial Library and Museum   
5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT

Sponsored by:

What's Up @ Gunn Memorial Library
Contact: Stephen Barkus, Curator
Phone No.: (860) 868-7756

Sunday,
January 22, 2012
 1:00 PM  
Naugatuck Historical Society
195 Water Street, Naugatuck, CT

Sponsored by:

Naugatuck Historical Society
Contact:
email: Naugatuckhistory@sbcglobal.net
or Phone No.: (203) 729-9039

Monday,
December 5, 2011
 
 6:30 PM
 
Silas Bronson Library
267 Grand St., Waterbury, CT

Sponsored by:
Silas Bronson Library
Contact: Anita Bologna
Phone No.: (203) 574-8200

Tuesday,
November 29, 2011
 1:30 PM  
Watertown Senior Center
311 Falls Avenue, Watertown, CT

Topic: Rochambeau in Connecticut and the publishing process

Sponsored by:
Watertown Senior Center

Contact: Catherine Dinsmore,
Phone No.: (860) 945-5250

Monday,
November 21, 2011
 6:00 PM  
Harwinton Senior Center
209 Weingart Rd., Harwinton, CT
Sponsored by:
Harwinton Historical Society

Contact: Luella Bartes
Phone No.: (860) 489-6631


Wednesday,
November 9, 2011
 11:30 AM  
The Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center
144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT
Sponsored by:
The Mattatuck Museum

Contact: Marie Galbraith
Phone No.: (203) 753-0381

Tuesday,
November 8, 2011
 2:00 PM  
Noble Horizons
17 Cobble Rd., Salisbury, CT
Sponsored by:
Ct. Daughters of the American Revolution, Salisbury Arsenal Chapter

Contact: Sally Vaun
E-mail: sbvsvaun@comcast.net


Thursday,
November 3, 2011
 7:00 PM  
Walker Hall, Taft School
50 De Forest Street, Watertown, CT
Sponsored by:
The Watertown Historical Society
Phone No.: (860) 274 - 1050


Saturday,
October 22, 2011
 10:00 AM  
Woodbury Public Library
269 Main Street South, Woodbury, CT
Sponsored by:
Alliance Francaise de NW CT

Contact: Marcy Jackson
Phone No.: (203) 263-4096


Thursday,
October 13, 2011
 6:30 PM  
Bullitt Hill School
Main Street North, Southbury,  CT
Sponsored by:
Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution, Trumbull - Porter Chapter, Watertown, CT

Contact: Carol Bauby
Phone No.: (860) 485-0772


Monday,
August 27, 2011
 11:00 AM  
W3R: Rochambeau's camp #5
"Biggest 18th century encampment in Ct summer 2011"
Rose Farm, Bolton, CT
 
Celebrating 230 years since Rochambeau's March 1781
Over 275 living historians portraying British, French, American and Spanish troops, cannon and cavalry.

11:00 AM Jini Jones Vail talks about her book and American Revolution.
Her talk is titled:

Rochambeau, Washington's Ideal Lieutenant, Paves the Road to Liberty
with French livres and Spanish piastres
Vail will be interviewed by CCTV (China Central Television) which is filming a  several
part documentary; the tenth episode focuses on Money and the American Revolution

Parking at: Bolton Center School with transportation to site.
106 Notch Road, Bolton, CT

Sponsored by:
Dave Loda, Harmony Hill Farm Living History. Visit: rosefarmbattle.org
Open to the Public
Admission: Free, Donations for maintenance of historic site accepted

Contact Phone No.:  (860) 221-9500
E-mail: dloda@rosefarmbattle.org


Tuesday,
July 19, 2011
 10:00 AM  
Middlebury Public Library
300 Crest Road, Middlebury, CT
10:00 AM Meeting
Noon - Lunch
01:00 PM Talk and book signing

Sponsored by 4 group meeting of:
Daughters of Colonial Wars
Daughters of 1812
Ancient and Honorable Artillery
New England Women


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