I first came to the United States in February 2015 for a period of 5 months during which I conducted a study at the College of William And Mary in Williamsburg, VA about the use of reenactors by living-history museums, in the need to incorporate fun because of the competition posed by fun parks. In March 2017, I created the Lafayette Trail at the Consulate General of France in Boston and carried out the program for the New England States until July 2017. I then raised a sufficient amount of money to expand the trail to 25 states and D.C. In April 2018, I had the honor of accompanying President Emmanuel Macron of France to Washington D.C. for a three-day state visit at the invitation of the executive branch of the federal government.
Julien P. Icher
302 Hart Road
Gaithersburg MD 20878
Master in Geographic Information Systems • July 2017
In the digital age, mastering GIS is a wonderful skill opening many doors. To me, it opened up the world of coding. I particularly enjoy webmapping and building development environments for spatial data analytics.
Master in Geography • July 2016
Better understand the environment surrounding me helped my decision-making. This degree taught me to think critically and articulate arguments in an international academic settings.
Bachelor with double major in history and geography • June 2016
History and Geography were my two majors during my undergraduate years. I developed skills in map analyses, dissertation writing skills, and became familiar with the methodology laid out to study historical documents.
Founder/Executive Director • March 2017 - Present
My mission as Executive Director is to run the operations of The Lafayette Trail Inc. We aim at increasing mutual understanding between the peoples of France and the United States. Our missions include educational outreach, public speaking engagements, webmapping, as well as partnerships with state legislatures, federal agencies, and private foundations.
18th Century Frenchman Gets 21st Century NC Honor.Newspaper
NSDAR celebrates Lafayette's legacy by running an article about The Lafayette Trail.Education, ,History, News
Frenchman follows Lafayette's final footsteps to Annapolis.News
A French Geographer in Search of Lafayette in the United States.Photography
The bill calls for the NC Department of Transportation to designate portions of highways and roadways across the state as part of the Lafayette Trail and it appropriates $84,000 for that purpose.Legislation, Markers
Bill authorizing the marking of the Lafayette Trail across the state of New Hampshire..Legislation, Markers
Bill requiring MassDOT to erect and maintain Lafayette Trail markers in Western Massachusetts.Legislation, Markers
The Lafayette Trail in Charleston and other places in South Carolina.History, Education, News
Check out the updated version of our mapping program HERE!
I wish here to commend your strong engagement in favor of reinforcing the historical bonds of friendship that have united France and the United States and of which Lafayette is forever the emblematic symbol.Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic
France can have no better representative in America than Julien Icher. He is open and accessible. He is articulate and hard working. These things Americans hold in highest esteem. Julien conveys authenticity effortlessly. He is a Frenchman who enjoys America, and Americans naturally reciprocate the enthusiasm. They want to befriend him and they want to know more about the country he represents.Dr. Richard Ingram, Lagrange, GA
Due to Julien’s efforts we will soon see historical signs along the trail marking Lafayette’s role as the first major French influence in the traditional friendship between France and the US - a fitting tribute as we approach the 200 th anniversary of Lafayette’s visit in 2024.John Becica, Easton, PA