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Revolutionary Period History Comes Alive in Central Massachusetts
Two New Hampshire Residents will Help Bring History Alive in Central Massachusetts on September 1
By: BQB/WriteLife Publishing
reception at the Rider Tavern in Charlton, Massachusetts. On Saturday, September 1, 2018, this event will be commemorated with another visit by Lafayette himself.
Two residents of New Hampshire, Alan Hoffman of Londonderry, and Dorothea Jensen of Contoocook, will help to welcome General Lafayette. They will do this by sharing what they've learned about him and his Farewell Tour through their extensive research and writing.
Hoffman, the president of the American Friends of Lafayette and
Massachusetts Lafayette Society, will speak about the significance of
the Farewell Tour. He is also the translator of Lafayette in America in
1824 and 1825: Journal of a Voyage to the United States, by Lafayette's
secretary, Auguste Levasseur. "This was an event unequalled in the
history of our country," says Hoffman. "Lafayette was mobbed everywhere he went, and seen by nearly 3 million people during his 13-month trip."
Jensen, author of the award-winning historical novel for kids aged 10
and up, "A Buss from Lafayette," which is published by BQB Publishing, will talk about how the charming Frenchman was greeted as he traveled through the country. "I first heard of Lafayette's Farewell Tour over twenty years ago. That's when I met a woman whose great-grandmother, as a child, had been "bussed" (kissed) by Lafayette. This happened after she gave him a posy welcoming him to her Massachusetts town. I've been reading and writing about him ever since."
As in 1824, Lafayette will be greeted by town and state officials. Also on hand will be the Masonic Colonial Craftsmen, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Revolutionary War re-enactors.
Reilly, the organizer of this event, says that it is not intended to be a
reenactment. "This is meant to capture the spirit of this exciting day,
so anachronism is permitted and even encouraged. For example,
even though it is a 'promiscuous audience' (which meant something
different in 1824) women will be speaking to the group."
From 1:30-3 p.m., members of the Charlton Historical Society will conduct tours of the Rider Tavern, including its collection of Lafayette memorabilia. At 3 p.m., Hoffman and Jensen, along with Peter Reilly, and Frank Morrill, former Charlton Historical Society President, will speak about the "State of the Nation" in 1824, as well as about Lafayette, his Farewell Tour, and his reception at the Rider
Tavern. This will culminate in the arrival of Lafayette himself, as
portrayed by re-enactor Ben Goldman.
All are welcome to experience Lafayette's second visit to the historic
Rider Tavern on September 1. Admission is free.
255 Stafford Street
September 1, 2018, 1:30 pm-6 p.m.
Presented by the Charlton Historical Society
and the American Friends of Lafayette