Please join us on Sunday, May7 at 2:00 PM as we welcome living historian David Best portraying the Marquis de Lafayette.
Mr. Best as Lafayette will tell of his early years in the Chateau de Chavaniac in the French province of Auvergne, of his father's death when Lafayette was two, of his mother's death when he was twelve, and of his paternal grandmother who taught him the values of knighthood. He relates his beliefs in liberty and in the right of the common people's sovereignty that were reinforced when he joined the Masonic order at the age of seventeen. At nineteen he recounts his voyage to America as a rebellious youth who defied King Louis XVI.
As one of the wealthiest men in France and with direct connections with the Court of Versailles, Lafayette was commissioned by the Second Continental Congress a major general in the Continental Army. He recounts his first encounter with George Washington with awe and admiration. Dramatically, Lafayette relates his first experience in the Battle of Brandywine. Though wounded, he survived the battle to be hailed a hero both in America and in Europe. He describes the bond forged between himself and George Washington who found in Lafayette the makings of a courageous and talented commander. Lafayette tells of how he hounded Cornwallis' army by means of Washington's unconventional "bush fighting" tactics to be instrumental in the defeat of the British at Yorktown.
David Best is a graduate of Harvard. He is an associate professor emeritus of Indiana University-Perdue University at Indianapolis. By profession he is an Indiana professional land surveyor. Mr. Best also presents living history performances as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. He is known locally and nationally for these presentations before audiences ranging from kindergartners to national conventions.
This program is free and open to the public.