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The city of Seattle, with Mount Rainier in the background
The Napoleonic Alliance and the Napoleonic Society of America co-hosted
an outstanding Napoleonic conference at the beautiful and
historic Mayflower Park Hotel in downtown Seattle.
Undoubtedly the most important news to come out of the conference was the decision
by the two boards of directors to formally merge the two groups to
form a single entity, the Napoleonic Historical Society.
As always, the conference began Friday evening with a cocktail
reception, followed by dinner and the first of many excellent
presentations. David Nicandri, Director of the Washington State Historical Museum,
gave a fascinating talk on Lewis and Clark in Washington.
Saturday featured a number of knowledgeable speakers, and a fine lunch,
followed by more presentations:
Josef Poniatowski and Jan Henryk Dabrowski: Generals of Napoleon and Arch Rivals - David Stefancic
General Vandamme: Napoleon’s Enfant Terrible - John G. Gallaher
After Austerlitz: The Battle of Jena-Auerstädt - Thomas Morgan
Confusion, Rebellion and Reaction in Napoleonic Era East Florida - Cecile-Marie Sastre
Talleyrand the Secularization of Western Education - Peter Doherty
Inside Napoleon’s Genes: The Bonapartes and Autistic Spectrum Disorders - Jeanne Ruderman
Napoleon and the Pope - Peter M. Friedman
Noteworthy Emperor: Capturing Napoleon in Music - Sean Richarz, MA, Bishop Blanchet High School
The evening's festivities included another fine cocktail reception and the gala dinner and
speaker, Susan Connor who providfed an entertaining tour of the Streets and Byways of Napoleon's
Totem Pole in Pioneer Square
A stall at Pike Place Market
On Sunday we were privileged to visit two premier Napoleonic collections.
First, President David Markham and his wife Barbara hosted a tour of their home,
which is something of a Napoleonic museum, featuring an important collection of Napoleonic
snuffboxes, miniature portraits, ivory and bronze statues, porcelains and period engravings.
Then Executive Vice-President John Welsh welcomed us for a visit to his townhouse.
John lives in a Napoleonic time machine. When you enter his home, you are transported back in
time to a 19th century Parisian townhouse. Full of magnificent period furniture, engravings,
medals, paintings, porcelains, bronzes, candlesticks, weapons and other reminders of
that glorious era. All od us felt like we were back in the days of the Empire.
Those able to stay Sunday evening enjoyed a special visit to one of the finest collections
of historical paintings and uniforms in North America. One look at the picture below shows
how fortunate we were to visit this fabulous private collection.
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