Thursday, July 25, 2024

Times: Begins at 6:00 p.m.

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General Lafayette, born the Marquis de Lafayette in Auvergne, France, was truly an American Idol in the 19th century. Today, several counties, cities, and towns, as well as streets and roads, are named after him. In this program, Alan R. Hoffman, Esq., President of the American Friends of Lafayette, will describe the full extent of Lafayette’s reputation and explore the origins of Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825, a first-hand account of Lafayette’s Farewell Tour of America. Lafayette’s extraordinary reputation was based on his military record in the Revolution, his friendship with Washington, his continued support of American interests, his story-book life, and, perhaps most importantly, his Farewell Tour of America when he visited all 24 states and Washington City as the last surviving major general of the Continental Army. Lafayette’s visits to places associated with the venue of the talk are discussed to illustrate the grand reception that the American people gave him on his Farewell Tour.

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About the Speaker:

Alan R. Hoffman, Esq.

President, American Friends of Lafayette

Alan R. Hoffman obtained his BA in history from Yale where he studied under Professor Edmund Morgan, before earning a JD at Harvard Law School. He practiced law in Boston for 50 years. An avid reader of early American history, he “discovered” Lafayette in 2002 and spent two years translating Auguste Levasseur’s Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825, the first-hand account of Lafayette’s Farewell Tour of America written by his private secretary. This translation was published in 2006 and is in its third printing. Hoffman has lectured widely on Lafayette and has spoken in each of the 24 states (and Washington DC) which Lafayette visited during the Farewell Tour.

Hoffman is an officer of two Lafayette societies: he currently serves as President of the American Friends of Lafayette and President of the Massachusetts Lafayette Society. He is also the editor of The Gazette of The American Friends of Lafayette.  He has been designated a scholar in the New Hampshire Humanities Council’s “Humanities to Go” program.

More information on Alan R. Hoffman, Esq. and Lafayette in America can be found here.

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