Ballroom at the Palais de Compiègne, setting for the Imperial Gala and Ball - October 7, 2017. Photo courtesy of the French Heritage Society.

Since 1982, the French Heritage Society (FHS) has been preserving, restoring and promoting French heritage in America and France. And FHS is unique in the realm of non-profit organizations that support French heritage; its scope of work is especially broad as it is not tied to a single building, site or region.

Over the years, this generous organisation has awarded 550 restoration grants and organised numerous lectures, architectural tours, and museum visits. Their Student Exchange Program has supported more than 400 university student internships at cultural organizations, historic chateaux, parks and gardens.

And in this 35th anniversary year, FHS will award $1 million toward 19 restoration projects – an impressive accomplishment indeed.

Attendees at the 2016 French Heritage Society gala in New York, including Chairman Elizabeth Stribling. Guests arrived in a dazzling array of elegant gowns, drawing inspiration from the Belle Epoque and the pages of Proust’s books. Photo courtesy of the French Heritage Society.

Come Join the Celebration

The 35th anniversary celebration offers an exquisite three-part itinerary including select tour sites, exclusive visits with VIPs, and a magnificent gala as the grand finale. Consider joining FHS for all or part of this wonderful fête.

The first portion of the program begins with a trip to Normandy and a special tour of important chateaux in the region, including the Chateau de Champ de Bataille with celebrity interior designer Jacques Garcia. A stop at the breeding stables in the equestrian capital of Deauville, and a welcome by the Mayors of Deauville and Cabourg round out the tour. October 2 – 4, 2017.

The second segment of the program continues in Paris on October 5th and 6th with a focus on the restoration sites at the Monnaie de Paris and the Orangerie de Bagatelle. Special dinners will be hosted by FHS friends in private Parisian homes. The grand finale of the celebration will be the Imperial Gala and Ball at the magnificent Palais de Compiègne on Saturday October 7th. FHS has committed to support the Palais in its restoration of the Emperor’s Guest Library.

For more information about the French Heritage Society and details about its 35th anniversary program, please contact: Karen Archer, Deputy Director Strategic Development & Communications French Heritage Society.

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Phil Tremo is the France Today Ambassador for Washington DC. Phil has been charmed by France ever since a school trip to the popular Festival d’Avignon. Over the years, he has explored many regions of l’Hexagone, including a recent vacation to Champagne to pick grapes during harvest season - Santé! Back at home in Washington, D.C., he enjoys a variety of French cultural events, including films, concerts, and language classes. He is excited to be representing France Today in the D.C. area.

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