Comte Gilbert de Pusy La Fayette, a direct descendant of the Marquis de Lafayette, visited campus with his son Alexander and family friend Michele Marinthe Vlahos. President Alison Bylerly showed them around campus, including a stop at the Chateau Chavaniac and the Arthur Montgomery Mineral Collection in Van Wickle Hall. They also got a firsthand look at the College’s many Marquis de Lafayette items during a tour of Special Collections by associate archivist Elaine Stomber.
Their visit coincided with the reception at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia for the docking of the Hermione, a replica of the Marquis’ frigate. The Comte was the president’s guest of honor and spoke during the ceremony.