Tour Dates 2017

50 US Monuments in the spotlight – one per state – exploring US history and the common roots of the United States and Switzerland



Entered the Union as No. 2 on 12th December, 1787

Monument:  Washington Crossing at Washington Crossing

Light Art:  16th Sept 2017 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

December 25th, 1776, General George Washington crosses the Delaware River with a small army in boats and attacks the Hessian soldiers fighting for the British. Washington’s victory was the "turning point of the American Revolution” and led to the independence of the new democratic nation; July 4th, 1776, the foundation of the USA.
Link to Switzerland – August 1st, 1291, Switzerland founded the world’s first democracy. In 1307, William Tell, the Liberator of Switzerland, revolts against Gessler, a tyrannical reeve of the occupying Austrian forces. While being transported to prison in the village of Küssnacht am Rigi, on the other side of Lake Lucerne, the boat drifts close to the shore, and Tell is able to jump out and escape. He runs across country to find Gessler and kills him with a crossbow. This was the "turning point of the Swiss Revolution”. Boats and the resolve of men and women fighting for liberty were central to the birth of democracy and independence in the USA and Switzerland. This is why the USA and Switzerland are also called Sister Republics. 



Entered the Union as No. 7 on 28th April, 1788

Monument:  Thomas Viaduct at Elkridge

Light Art: during the tour

The world’s oldest multi-arched stone railroad bridge. It belongs to CSX Transportation.
Without trains, the USA would not have become a Union so quickly.
Link to Switzerland – Mountain railroads and bridges are essential in a country measuring 220 miles by 136 miles with more than 7,000 valleys. Welcome to Switzerland, the land of spectacular mountain railroads. 



South Carolina

Entered the Union as No. 8 on 23rd May, 1788

Monument: USS Yorktown at Mount Pleasant, Patriots Point

Light Art: 21st Sept 2017 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM & 28th Sept 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier reflects the nation’s strong resolve to defend democracy.
Link to Switzerland – It was the U.S. Navy Lt. Don Walsh who navigated the research submarine "Trieste” on 23rd January, 1960 to the deepest point on earth – 35,813 feet down on the floor of the Mariana Trench in the North Pacific Ocean.
The second man on board was a Swiss oceanographer, Jacques Piccard, the creator of Trieste. 



Entered the Union as No. 1 on 7th December 1787

Monument: Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library at Winterthur

Light Art: during the tour

One of the most important collections of Americana in the USA – American decorative arts related to American history.
Link to Switzerland – Named for the Swiss city of Winterthur, the ancestral home of Jacques Antoine Bidermann, a son-in-law of Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, the founder of the du Pont family and fortune in the USA. Winterthur in Switzerland was one of the few places in the world that produced famous locomotives, also used during the settlement of the USA. 



Entered the Union as No. 10 on 25th June 1788

Monument: George Washington’s Mount Vernon at Mount Vernon

Light Art: 27th Sept 2017 7:45 PM – 9:30 PM
The Estate of a Virginia gentleman, leader, general and first President of the United States of America, George Washington. This estate is one of the most iconic homes in America.
Link to Switzerland – Located in the middle of Europe, Switzerland was always been in contact with foreign forces and did not have a single leader like George Washington. Local leaders in different regions trained soldiers and achieved success in battle. They became wealthy and built estates, like George Washington; this is the reason why Switzerland has so many estates. 


North Carolina 

Entered the Union as No. 12 on 21st November 1789 

Monument: Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kill Devil Hill

Light Art: during the tour

The world’s first controlled powered airplane took flight on December 17th, 1903 by the Wright Brothers.
Link to Switzerland – First motorised flight in Switzerland was on March 10th, 1910 in the Alps on the frozen lake of St. Moritz. This airplane was a Wright Flyer as well. 


New Hampshire 

Entered the Union as No. 9 on 21st June 1788 

Monument: The Mount Washington Hotel at Bretton Woods

Light Art: 4th Oct 2017 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

7th of July, 1944, the foundation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was founded. The organisation and its 189 members contribute to the stability of the international financial and monetary system. This Omni resort is one of the last surviving grand hotels in the White Mountains.
Link to Switzerland – Switzerland is a member of the Executive Board and is celebrating 25 years of membership of the IMF in 2017. Switzerland was the first to open large mountain hotels. Cultivating this heritage, they welcome guests from all over the world. 


New Jersey

Entered the Union as No. 3 on 18th December 1787 

Monument: Albert Einstein Barn

Light Art: to be decided during the tour



Sneak Peak into 2018



Entered the Union as No. 5 on 9th January 1788 

Monument: State Capitol Hartford

Light Art: will take place in 2018

Although a small state, Connecticut played an important role in the USA’s emergence as a democratic nation. This is why Connecticut has also been called the "Switzerland of the East Cost”.
Link to Switzerland – Having little space but lots of mountains and trees, like Switzerland, it proves that the size of a land or state is not what makes it powerful – it’s the determination to stay and fight together for the vision of the nation!  



Entered the Union as No. 14 on 4th March 1791

Monument: coming soon

Light Art: will take place in 2018

Mountains, hiking trails, skiing, cows, cheese, trees, food direct from farmers and the legendary Indian Summer.
Link to Switzerland – All of Vermont is in Switzerland, including the famous "Swiss Indian Summer” in the Swiss mountains – both in the Alps and the Jura, in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.