VN061 Talk: The American Revolution in Paris - Part 1 of 7

  • 06 Nov 2023
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • 120 rue de la Boétie (Rez de chaussée) 75008 Paris
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Join WICE in a fascinating tour de force of the places in Paris that are intimately associated with the American Revolution.

Through a combination of four PowerPoint presentations and three walks—based on the book "Paris:  Birthplace of the U.S.A."—WICE members will gain an in-depth understanding of the critical role France played in the success of the American Revolution.

During this first session, our talk and presentation will explore and showcase:

  • Hôtel des Ambassadeurs de Hollande, rue Vieille du Temple, once the headquarters of Beaumarchais and the fictitious trading company that channeled arms, ammunition, and uniforms to the American Insurgents.
  • Hôtel de Coislin, on Place de la Concorde, where the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce were both signed on the same day (the latter being the treaty by which France recognized the independence of the USA).  
  • Cimetière de Picpus, rue de Picpus, site of the graves of La Fayette and his wife, which allows a discussion of La Fayette’s military career in America and France.
  • John Paul Jones’s residence, rue de Tournon, where Jones spent his last years after a brilliant naval career in the American Revolution and after.  
  • The residence of Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, on rue  du Cherche-Midi, which allows discussion of his actions during the American Revolution, including the Battle of Yorktown, and founding of the Society of Cincinnati. 

About the Series

This series is open to WICE members, and registration is required. The cost is €10 apiece for individual talks / walks, or €50 for the entire series of seven talks / walks.

About the Organizer

Maryjo Padgett is an avid student of the "American Revolution in Paris" and since 2013 has led this talk / walk combination for the U.S. Embassy and the American Library in Paris. She is donating all proceeds from this series to WICE.

Good to know: 

  • WICE members can register for this event online using WICE's fast and secure online system. Simply click on the link and follow directions.
  • Not a member? Please send an email to We look forward to talking with you.