Retired Binghamton University French Professor, Richard Boswell will present "French Azilum" at the next SRAC History's Mysteries on Tuesday, March 3rd from 6pm - 7:30 pm.
Azilum, or Asylum, was appropriately named, for it provided a natural setting of undisturbed calm and pastoral serenity ten miles below Towanda, PA for a group of French exiles in the autumn of 1793. Some of the refugees, because of their loyalty to the King, had left France to escape imprisonment or death at the hands of the Revolution. More than fifty structures were erected by the refugees during that time in hopes to erect a village that could survive and support the population of exiles.
It is believed by some that even Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, and her two children were trying to escape in order to settle in this rather large village that is all but gone today.
Mr. Boswell taught French language and civilization nigh on forty years at Binghamton U. and has been retired for a few years. He enjoys history, primarily American, French, and British, and especially ways in which they interlock. He has studied French Azilum for a number of years recently created the program for public consumption.
The program is chock full of information concerning this site and is one and a half hours long to include the Q & A session. SRAC is located at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY. Admission prices: Adults - $4, Students and SRAC members -$3. Doors open at 5:30pm.