Writers Series with Alan R. Hoffman and Julien Icher: Lafayette in America

Date: July 20, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm  to  7:00 pm

Partners Village Store Writers Series presents two historical programs


General Lafayette

This Thursday, July 20th at 5:00pm

Lafayette and the Farewell Tour: Odyssey of an American Idol presented by Alan R. Hoffman

General Lafayette, born the Marquis de Lafayette in Auvergne, France, was truly an American Idol in the 19th century. The proof is that 80 counties, cities and towns were named after him as well as streets and roads everywhere. In this program, the translator of Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825, a first-hand account of Lafayette’s Farewell Tour of America, will describe the full extent of his reputation and explore its origins. 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.

Alan R. Hoffman obtained his BA in history from Yale College, where he studied under Professor Edmund Morgan, before earning a JD from Harvard Law School; and he has practiced law in Boston for 40 years. An avid reader of early American history, he “discovered” Lafayette in 2002 and spent two years – 2003 to 2005 – 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 the Farewell Tour since 2006 – over 145 talks in 22 of the 24 states that Lafayette visited during the Farewell Tour.

Tracking Lafayette’s New England Trail

presented by Julien Icher

Julien Icher, a graduate student at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and Project Manager for the Consulate General of France in Boston, has documented Lafayette’s farewell tour through New England with a physical trail and a web-based application. A major component of the project involved developing a web-based application  implemented on a virtual platform. We are thrilled to have him present alongside Alan Hoffman and share his work to document Lafayette’s farewell tour with a web-based app that followers can use to navigate Lafayette’s trail almost two hundred years later.