Rededication event held at fort

UNVEILING–Don Martin and Claudia Lane are pictured Saturday morning unveiling the rededicated plaque commemorating when Fort de Chartres was named a state park.

While period attire is often a common sight for events held out at Fort de Chartres, last weekend the attire was a little different than normal. Instead of the normal 18th Century clothing, many were sporting styles from the 1920s.

This change in clothing, as well as a band performing 1920s era music, was part of the festivities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the fort being named as a state park.

On Oct. 10, 1919, the Illinois Society of Colonial Dames of America dedicated a plaque at the fort, marking the occasion. “You have turned this into something the Dames from 100 years ago wouldn’t remember,” commented current chapter President Claudia Lane. 

“To have these walls and other buildings, and the beautiful weather, it’s something they deserved but didn’t get,” she said, adding that the dedication ceremony 100 years ago was held in the rain.

“This place gives a vivid picture of French life at the time,” she continued. “This is the most important monument of French imperial aspiration in the Upper Mississippi Valley.”

For more from the Fort de Chartres rededication ceremony, please see this week’s print edition.