Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries


Events and Exhibits

Lecture and Book Signing

Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825: Journal of a Voyage to the United States     

Alan Hoffman, translator of the first unabridged English version of Auguste Levasseur’s Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825: Journal of a Voyage to the United States will speak on Friday, October 17, 2008, at 3:00 p.m. on the first floor of the University Village Bookstore, located at 4417 Monarch Way, Norfolk.

As we approach the 227th anniversary of the American and French Victory at Yorktown (October 19), please join the Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries  to learn more about General Lafayette’s final tour of America – including the time he spent in Norfolk and the Hampton Roads area.

Alan R. Hoffman, translator, holds a B.A. degree in history from Yale University and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.  Passionate about American history and Lafayette, he spent three years working on this first unabridged English translation of Levasseur's journal and readying it for publication.  He is a member of the American Friends of Lafayette and the Massachusetts Lafayette Society.

Auguste Levasseur, author, was a young French officer who was involved in conspiratorial activity against the Bourbon Monarchy in the early 1820's.  After serving as Lafayette's private secretary and writing this journal, he was involved in the Revolution of 1830 and later served in a diplomatic post under King Louis-Phillipe.

The event is free and open to the public.

Free parking will be available after 2:00 p.m. in parking garages C and D (near the bookstore).

For additional information, please contact Fern McDougal at 757-683-4146 or by e-mail at fmcdouga@odu.edu