Update given on area heritage project

While the biggest topic of discussion at the June 29 Randolph County Board of Commissioners meeting was solar farm, the commissioners entertained other items of business including hearing an update on the Fort de Chartres heritage project.

Speaking on behalf of Les Amis du Fort de Chartres were Jennifer Duensing and Carol Kuntz.

Duensing first thanked the commissioners and all who helped support the annual Rendezvous event held June 2-3 at the fort. She said that this year’s event drew in approximately 12,000 people.

As the state no long funds the events at the historical site, this year’s event was made possible by volunteers and donations.

Moving on, Duensing gave an update about the Heart of Illinois County Heritage Project. The pair had previously approached the county seeking support for the project, which will celebrate the culture and arts of the 18th century French colonial era.

The goal is to set up a shop and center where they can offer for sale handmade items crafted by regional and local heritage artisans, as well as offer classes. While they do not have a physical store location yet and are still looking for funding for said shop, they have set up an e-commerce shop. “We’re pretty excited to get this element going,” she said. The shop can be visited at https://heartofillinoiscountry.com.

For more from the Randolph County Board of Commissioners meeting, please see this week’s print edition.