Innovation in Action: How Château Owners Across France Are Using Social & Digital Media to Fund Vital Restoration Work
French Heritage Society is thrilled to offer this virtual event series in partnership with our Young Patrons Circle, featuring intimate chats in English with dynamic château owners*. As the ongoing pandemic has derailed the guest house and events businesses that support the restoration and continual upkeep of many historic properties, creative caretakers have taken advantage of a worldwide captive audience in need of escapism. Using YouTube vlogs, Instagram posts, crowdfunding platforms, and even a British reality show, they have successfully garnered support for their mammoth projects while raising awareness of the wealth of French architectural and cultural heritage still in need of preservation.
Our first virtual chat on April 14th features Stephanie Jarvis of Château de Lalande, the forerunner in the YouTube restoration channel phenomenon. Her property, situated in the heart of the rural Centre-Val de Loire region and co-owned with two friends, dates from the 16th C. Having taken off in 2020, her YouTube channel “The Chateau Diaries” boasts 129,000 subscribers. With this large platform, Stephanie has also garnered support for her Patreon crowdfunding site. With over 2800 Patrons, she raises impressive monthly funds for restoration work and is listed in the top 400 Patreon accounts worldwide. The result of this incredible global support, as seen on her channel, have been inspiring as the necessary restoration work has moved forward by leaps and bounds this year. Stephanie will discuss her successes in the larger context of how historic properties have been funded in the past, and how maverick models such as hers could inspire the future.
This virtual event series is free to FHS members, $15 per event for non-members or $75 for the entire series. All ticket proceeds support our mission of preservation, education, and cultural exchange.
To register as a member, please email Benjamin Wells, FHS Programs & Membership Officer, at email@example.com
To register as a non-member, please use the Paypal dropdown links below. A Zoom link will be provided following your registration.
Additional Series Dates, Wednesdays at 1pm EST:
April 21 – Erin Choa & Jean-Baptiste Gois of Château de Bourneau
May 5 – Anna & Philip Mayrhofer of Château Gonneville-sur-Honfleur
May 12 – Ithaca & Alex de Boncourt of Château d’Humeroeuille
June 2 – Tim Gosling & Steve Holmes of La Commandarie de Baugy
June 16 – Amy & Marc de Dinechin of Château de Rosieres en Vivarais
*While the featured châteaux are not past FHS grant recipients, and are not all yet listed on historic registries, they are being lovingly restored with an eye to their long and colorful histories, and we look forward to hearing from their current innovative owners.