Fort is recipient of restoration grant

GRANT RECIPIENT–Grant funding was recently announced by the French Heritage Society to be used for restorations at Fort de Chartres. The funds will be used to complete needed repairs of the fort’s land gate, which is pictured during a Rendezvous event in this North County Newsfile photo.

Fort de Chartres was one of a select few to be honored this year with a restoration and cultural grant from the French Heritage Society.

The society is an American non-profit organization that was founded in 1982 and has 10 United States chapters and one chapter in France.

According to their website, they “are dedicated to preservation, restoration and promotion of the beautiful French heritage throughout the United States and France.”

Their mission “is to ensure that the treasures of our shared French architectural and cultural heritage survive to inspire future generations to build, dream, and create by: Preserving the rich French architectural and cultural heritage throughout France and in the US by raising funds for restoration, preservation and cultural grants. Transmitting and safeguarding the skills, knowledge and love of the heritage through transatlantic educational programs for students, architects, artisans, art connoisseurs and collectors. Fostering Franco-American friendship and cross-cultural exchange through select tours in France and the U.S., lectures, conferences, galas and other events on both side of the Atlantic.”

The society noted that over the past 38 years, they have awarded nearly 620 grants.

This year, the French Heritage Society awarded a total of $160,000 in 16 grants. Of those, four were in the United States, and were awarded to Fort de Chartres; Mount Vernon in Mount Vernon, PA; the Residence of France in Cambridge, MA; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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