MAJOR EVENTS CELEBRATING
THE 300th ANNIVERSARY OF THE OUTBREAK OF THE CAMISARDS WAR
(24 JULY, 1702 - 24 JULY, 2002)
It has been decided that a "decentralized" commemoration of this event is in order. It will be spread over an entire week and combine a scholarly conference with festivities designed for the public at large. The following program is a tentative one, open for discussion and possible changes.
First of all, it was suggested that a meeting be held at Florac with all the interested participants during the summer of 2001, so as to finalize the entire project. As far as its financing is concerned, a grant from the Council General of the Lozère Department has been requested.
Henri Mouysset has proposed to organize an excursion on foot to take place at night. Roger Lagrave has agreed to lead the march. The Minister serving the parishes of Mende and Florac, Roland Laipe, is ready to welcome a large number of participants at l'Hospitalet for a traditional gathering held on the last Sunday in July. The morning service is always an authentic "culte du Désert". The afternoon conferences are usually devoted to missionary work, but in this case (July 2002) they will be centered on the history of the Camisards in the same way as the Edict of Nantes was commemorated in 1998.
François Plassard and the team from "La nuit, le conte, la Cévenne" intend to show the film "Les Camisards". The projection will be on a large screen in the open, amid the ruins of the château de Saint Juilen d'Arpaon. A street fair will follow. A commemorative plaque is to be unveiled at the top of Mount Bougès or in the immediate vicinity. This is only a suggestion and the details of the project are open for suggestions.
publisher Max Chaleil (Presses du Languedoc) will welcome the press
at the conference to be held at the historic spot of the Pont de Montvert.
Funding is being expected to cover the organization of the conference
and the publication of the proceedings.