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The Rochambeau Monument Restoration Project

The Alliance Française of Newport is proudly spearheading a Project to restore The Rochambeau Monument in King Park in Newport. The Rochambeau Monument is important historically and culturally to both the French and American people.

The Monument consists of a statue of General Rochambeau and a Pyramid with a plaque honoring the French soldiers who lost their lives fighting alongside General Washington in the battle to secure American liberty.

The Pyramid has fallen into disrepair. Stone blocks were on the verge of toppling. The Pyramid has been boarded up for many years for safety reasons. Time has taken its toll as well on the statue of General Rochambeau.

The cost for the restorations are estimated to be $250,000. Generous donors have made it possible for The Alliance Française of Newport to begin restorations to the Pyramid section. The work on the Pyramid is expected to be completed by September, 2018.

Plans are underway for raising a portion of the seawall near the Pyramid to reduce flooding in the area. A restorer will be hired to restore the statue, the cauldron atop the Pyramid as well as existing plaques.

The Alliance needs your help in raising the funds necessary to complete The Rochambeau Monument Restoration Project. If you would like to be part of this important work, please send a check made payable to The Alliance Française  of Newport and mail to:

The Alliance Française of Newport

P.O. Box 361

Newport, RI 02840

Please include “Rochambeau Monument Restoration” in the Memo line of your check. Thank you.

The Alliance Française of Newport is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Article about The Rochambeau Monument Restoration Project in an article written by The Federation of The Alliance Françaises:



The Alliance Française of Newport Hosts Two French Conversation Groups

The Alliance  of Newport hosts two French Conversation Groups.

The French Conversation Groups meet weekly on Tuesday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The French Confection, 72 East Main Rd. in Middletown, RI.

Fluency in French is not required. There is no charge for these groups; all are welcome. This is a drop-in group; registration is not necessary.

According to past AFN President, Cindy Dressler, “Compatible speakers help you find your speaking level while encouraging you to improve in an informal, enjoyable setting surrounded by delicious pastries and gourmet coffees. All levels of French are spoken in a judgement-free atmosphere.”

AFN is hosting a celebration in commemoration of the two year anniversary of the Saturday Conversation Group. This event will take place Saturday, November 17th and guests will enjoy free coffee and pastries at the French Confection in Middletown. Please refer to the following link for more information: http://alliancefrancaisenewportri.org/schedule-of-events/ 

For further information, please send an email to: afnewportri@gmail.com.

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