Bolivar Materials To Be Donated To U.Va. In Honor Of Jefferson-Era
April 11, 2002-- In 1827,
a young Venezuelan named Fernando Bolivar came to the newly opened
University of Virginia to enroll in classes and began a long and
still-growing link between Latin America and Jeffersons University.
Bolivar was the nephew and adoptive son of Simon Bolivar, the great
hero of South Americas wars of independence.
of the illustrious Bolivar family will donate historic family papers
and artifacts to the University in a celebration of the U.Va.s
venerable Latin American heritage Saturday, April 13, Jeffersons
birthday. The manuscripts include important letters, journals and
other documents of Fernando Bolivar as well as volumes of published
materials related to Simon Bolivar.
Fernando Bolivar of Caracas, a great-great-grandson of U.Va.s
first Latin American student, will present the gift in a luncheon
at noon at Alumni Hall. The luncheon is sponsored by U.Va.s
Bolivar Network, an organization of alumni of Latin American origin.
(See reservation information below.)
Bolivar nephew came all the way to Virginia because of his deep
admiration of Jefferson, according to U.Va. Spanish professor Gustavo
Pellon, who has researched U.Va.s Bolivar connection. Because
of financial difficulties Fernando Bolivar stayed only for a brief
period, but he always treasured his days in Charlottesville and
wrote about them in his memoirs.
Fernando Bolivar manuscripts are especially important because he
had a long diplomatic career after leaving U.Va. The gift also includes
14 bound volumes of published documents related to Gen. Simon Bolivar
and South American independence, as well as silver service items.
who has researched the close Bolivar-University connection, will
present a keynote address at the luncheon.
manuscripts will eventually be housed in U.Va.s Special Collections
Library. Portraits of Fernando Bolivar and his celebrated uncle
hang in U.Va.s Spanish language house, Casa Bolivar.
luncheon is open to the University community and public. The cost
is $20 ($5 for students), payable at the door. Please RSVP to Laurinda
Morgan at (434) 243-9040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
additional information, contact Assistant Dean of Students Pablo
Davis at (434) 924-7133 or email@example.com.
Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856