This bronze plaque honoring Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard was dedicated at the Mairie de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc on August 28, 1932. Two wealthy doctors from the American Alpine Club, W.S. Ladd and J.M. Thorington, proposed the memorial and provided most of its funding. The profile of Paccard was based on a Bacler d'Albe portrait and thus matched an earlier memorial to Balmat. The Paccard plaque was the culmination of years of research by climbers and historians who hoped to elevate Paccard's role in the first ascent of Mont Blanc.
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