Fort de Chartres to celebrate 300 years, has announced repair campaign

This year, 2020, heralds the 300th anniversary of the first of the four Fort de Chartres structures built and located in the strategic Mississippi River bottomland of Le Pays des Illinois. In celebration of this milestone anniversary and the important history it represents, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres has commenced a $100,000 Capital Project Repair Giving Campaign for the Fort de Chartres State Historic Site.

Funds raised for this campaign would go toward the much needed repairs at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site, located in Prairie du Rocher, with a focus on the fort’s land gate which is in need of considerable repair. The state of Illinois currently is not funding capital repair projects at state sites, but due to the status of the fort’s stone walls, Fort de Chartres structural repairs must not be delayed. Les Amis du Fort de Chartres’ $100,000 Capital Project Repair Campaign at Fort de Chartres has been approved by the site’s oversight agency, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Campaign information and updates can be found at

For more information, please see this week’s print edition.