This Year’s Past Highlights (for pictures, see slideshow):
• Curated tour of the Cezanne exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago and apéritif in the park, Aug 2022
• Rosa Bonheur and the Château de By, Virtual talk & tour, June 2022
• Third Annual Members’ Midwestern trip to Prairie du Chien, WI
• Third Annual Gala honoring Josephine Baker, June 2022
Second French Heritage Corridor Conference, Lafayette, IN, May 2022
• Illinois & Michigan « I & M » Canal 2nd Annual Clean-Up, in observation of Earth Day, April 2022
• “Wine & War” Tasting & Author talk, Nov 2021

View the FHS Chicago-Midwest Steering Committee

FHS Chicago-Midwest 2022 Sustaining Sponsors: Reed Centracchio, Raila & Associates and Traen, Inc.

Weaving the past into the future: preservation, collaboration, celebration!

Through various activities and educational opportunities, we are dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and promotion of French heritage throughout the United States’ Midwest and France.

In addition to fostering Franco-American friendship (Amitié) and cross-cultural exchange through select tours throughout the Midwest, lectures, conferences, galas and other events, FHS Chicago-Midwest Chapter also plays an active role in the Midwest through FHS’s Franco-American Student Exchange Internship Program. The Chicago-Midwest Chapter recognizes the deep roots of French heritage throughout the Midwest and is proudly knitting together a network of stakeholders. French Heritage Corridor, an initiative conceived and led by the French Heritage Society Chicago-Midwest Chapter, comprises seven states in the Midwest (IA; IL; IN; MI; MN; MO and WI). This network, joined by waterways connecting with the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes, transcends borders to recreate in the Midwest what was once la Nouvelle France. For more information, please visit: frenchheritagesociety.org/fhc/

Lisa Kahn and Pascale Kichler are Co-Chairs of the Chicago-Midwest Chapter. If you are interested in becoming involved with FHS Chicago-Midwest Chapter or learning more about our events, please contact us at [email protected], find us on Facebook at ChicagoFrenchHeritageSociety or follow us on Instagram @chicago_fhs.

Events

Paris Chapter: Visit of the Mobilier National

Wednesday, March 13, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Paris Chapter invites you to tour the Mobilier National, which furnishes the official palaces of the French Republic, various French embassies, and presidential residences.

Paris Chapter: Day Trip to Champs Sur Marne

Thursday, March 14, 9:15 am - 5:00 pm

Paris Chapter members are invited to take part in a day trip to Champs sur Marne. This includes a visit to the Maison des Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France, an organization emblematic of French craftsmanship and a lunch.

Paris Chapter: Annual Presentation

Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Members and partners are invited to attend FHS’ Annual Presentation on March, 20, 2024 at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée.

We cordially invite you to join us for a celebration of French heritage and joie de vivre on April 8, 2024, at our Palm Beach “April in Paris” Luncheon at The Colony.

Grants

The Chicago-Midwest Chapter has sponsored the following grantees: 

2023 Château de Fontariol 
2023 Bolduc House, MO

2022 Château de By-Rosa Bonheur (Seine et Marne)

2022 Château du Clos de Vougeot (Burgundy)

2022 Château de Millet (Allier)

2022 Village of Bourbonnais First Log Schoolhouse (Bourbonnais, IL)

2021 Château de Sambucy (Aveyron)

2021 Chatillon-DeMenil House (Saint Louis, MO)

2020 Château de Bouzols (Haute Loire)

2020 Fort de Chartes (Prairie du Rocher, IL)

2019 Beauregard-Keyes House (New Orleans, LA)