With the commemoration of the centennial of the United States’ entry in the First World War, we will visit the Château-Thierry Memorial Church, awarded a FHS 2016 grant of $21,000 from all its Chapters. This Protestant church was erected in memory of the American soldiers who lost their lives on French soil in 1917-1918 during the second Battle of the Marne – especially during the decisive battle of Bois Belleau in July 1918 which saw horrific American and French casualties. Among them was the son of President Theodore Roosevelt.
French Heritage Society and the Foundation du Patrimoine have awarded grants for the restoration of the stained glass windows at Château-Thierry. The unique iconography of the stained-glass windows is a tribute to the decisive US intervention alongside the Allies in the Great War in the name of freedom. La Fayette and Pershing are depicted along with French generals Foche, Joffre, Pétain and Nivelle.
We will be welcomed for lunch and a private visit at the Château de Condé, one of the jewels of French architecture. It was the residence of the Princes of Condé, of Savoy, and of the Marquis de la Faye. The sumptuous interior décors are by Watteau, Boucher, Servandoni, and Oudry.
This outing is organized in conjunction with France-Amériques and includes bus transportaion and lunch.
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