February 3, 2013 -- Philadelphia.
Issue number 15 of The Steel Crown was published today. This 32-page issue leads with a story about Oswaldo "El Indio Araucano" Gomez, the latest recipient of the Mapuche Warrior Medal. It has a report of the North American premier of Himno a Orelie, the de facto anthem of the Royal House. And a first: lots of interesting information about the Cros family, from which springs Antoine II, Laure-Theresa I and Antoine III.
December 9, 2012 -- Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania.
Himno a Antonio Orelie I, Rei de Araucania i Patagonia, the de facto anthem of the Royal House of Araucania, received its North American premier as part of an eclectic concert at Huntingdon Valley Presbyterian Church. Ian Clark, tenor, sang the lyrics, while accompanied by his wife, Susan Clark, on the piano. The arrangement was made by Micah Clark, son of the performers. While there have been earlier instrumental performances of this anthem, this is believed to be the first performance with the lyrics, which are written in Mapudungun.
October 31, 2011 -- Philadelphia.
Issue number 14 of The Steel Crown was published today. This 32-page issue contains many articles and photographs related to the celebrations surrounding the 150th anniversary of the founding of the kingdom, the 15th anniversary of the founding of the NAARS and the 60th anniversary of Prince Philippe's reign as heir to the throne of King Orelie-Antoine. Also contains an interesting article published in Texas in the 1930s about Manuel Aburto Panguilef and his attempt to create an Araucanian republic.
November 13, 2010 -- Philadelphia.
October 21, 2011 -- Paris.
NAARS General Secretary Daniel Morrison, and his wife, Eva Morrison, had two meetings today with Prince Philippe to discuss the work of the Royal House of Araucania and the work of the North American Araucanian Royalist Society. Also present at the meetings were Baron Raoul de Lavalette, Chancellor of the Royal House, and Count Klaus-Peter Pohland of Coronel, Vice Chancellor of the Royal House.
The first meeting took place at lunch at the Club of the Free French, of which Prince Philippe is a long-time member. Membership in this club is restricted to individuals who served in the French Resistance under Charles de Gaulle during World War II. In the accompanying photo, Prince Philippe (left), makes a point to the Count of Coronel, during our luncheon at the Club of the Free French. There was much discussion about current initiatives with the Mapuche community to create national identity documents, along the lines of what the Free French created during the Nazi occupation of France.
The second meeting took place over a leisurely dinner at a restaurant in the building where Prince Philippe maintains his apartment. At that meeting, conversation revolved around the long friendship Prince Philippe has enjoyed with Baron Raoul de Lavalette, his Chancellor. Prince Philippe and Baron de Lavalette have known each other more than 40 years.
North American Araucanian Royalist Society joined forces with The Doylestown Institute to host a gala celebration of the sesquicentennial of the founding of the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia at the Franklin Inn Club in old city Philadelphia.
A total of forty-eight supporters came out for the event. Most came from the Philadelphia area, but a number came from quite far afield, including such locations as: St. Louis (MO), Washington (DC), New York (NY), Pittsburgh (PA) and Westport (CT).
The evening began with an opening reception in the upstairs of the club, which was founded by a group of writers in 1902. Wines from Chile and Argentina were served. On tables throughout the room were placed displays of books, photographs, and literature related to the historical Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia and to the current activities of the Royal House of Araucania and Patagonia.
Following the opening reception, guests descended to the first floor of the club for dinner. The Fellows of the Doylestown Institute began the dinner hour with a rousing rendition of "Interesting Thing," the opening theme song of the Institute, written by Greg Scheer. The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Gunn-Walberg then offered a prayer of blessing and the gathered celebrants settled into lively dinner conversation, animated by frequent toasts. During dinner, a livre d'or was circulated among the guest in which they all wrote greetings to Prince Philippe of Araucania.
Following dinner, everyone went back upstairs and gathered on couches and chairs for the evening's several presentations.
First up was the Rev. Gunn-Walberg, who serves as the East Coast Delegate of the International Monarchist League. He gave a convincing and well-reasoned defense of monarchy in the 21st century that opened many republican minds.
After Rev. Gunn-Walberg, the General Secretary of the North American Araucanian Royalist Society, the Rev. Daniel Morrison, rose to give his slide-show presentation on the history of the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia and the founding of the NAARS.
Following the General Secretary's comments, there were a series of award presentations, including the awarding of the Commemorative Medal of the 150th Anniversary of the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia to John Blair, a one-time resident of Chile, an inveterate student of history, and a long-time member of the NAARS.
The evening's festivities finally were brought to an end when the Fellows of the Doylestown Institute again rose to sing their closing song, "My Last Cigar," by J. M. Hubbard.
Dan Rubin of The Philadelphia Inquirer attended the dinner with his wife, Mimi, and he wrote a bang-up article about the evening. You can find that link here: http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/20101115_Daniel_Rubin__Their_passion_to_remember_a_long-forgotten_kingdom.html
Commemorative programs from the dinner still are available for $10 each from the General Secretary.