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Boston Chapter

The Boston Chapter organizes a variety of cultural and social events for its members throughout the year. Proceeds from Chapter benefits have been designated for specific grants that members have voted to support. The Boston Chapter has raised funds for restoration projects in Massachusetts at Gore Place, The Mount, and for Trinity Church, as well as Manoir du Catel, built in France in 1270 by a close friend of King Louis IX.

Recent Chapter highlights have included special receptions and dinners around the following lectures: “Inventing the Louvre: Art Politics and the Origins of the Modern Museum in Eighteenth- Century Paris,” by Andrew McClellan, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs, Tufts University and former Chair of the Department of Art and Art History; and “France and the American Revolution: How French Political, Military and Financial Aid Influenced the Outcome of the American Revolution” by William M. Fowler, Jr.

French Heritage Society’s Boston Chapter Co-Chairmen are Francis de Marneffe, François Bardonnet and Christina Sayare.

For further information or to learn more about Membership, please contact the Boston Chapter directly.

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The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered

lafayetteLaura Auricchio, author of "The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered", will be giving a lecture based on her book to the Boston Chapter.  A copy of Ms. Auriccio's book will be included in the price of the evening and she will be available to sign it.

Thursday, April 30th

6PM Cocktails
6:30pm Lecture
7:30pm Optional Dinner

Chilton Club
287 Dartmouth Street
Boston, MA 02116

Valet parking available for $20

Business attire

Cocktail, Lecture and Book, $75 (click here to purchase tickets)
Cocktail, Lecture, Book and Dinner, $145 (click here to purchase tickets)

Please RSVP by April 28th

This major biography of the French hero of the American Revolution, who, at age nineteen, volunteered to fight under George Washington, looks past the storybook hero and selfless champion of righteous causes to reveal a rich portrait of the man, driven by dreams of glory and felled by tragic, human weaknesses.

Drawing on substantial new research conducted in France and the United States, this volume provides history on a grand scale while answering the crucial questions of: Why did Americans shower Lafayette with so much acclaim that he remains a hero today, being named an honorary U.S. citizen in 2002—becoming only the seventh person ever granted this distinction? And why, in contrast, does his memory continue to be denigrated in his own land? The Marquis reveal the man and his complex life, while challenging and exploring the complicated myths that have surrounded his name for more than two centuries.

Laura Auricchio is a specialist in eighteenth-century French history and art who received her undergraduate degree from Harvard and her PhD from Columbia University. Auricchio has been the recipient of major fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and Columbia University. She is currently the Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at The New School. She lives in New York with her husband.

Lecture by Professor Joan DeJean: "How Paris Became Paris, Making a Great Walking City"

On Thursday, October 30th, Professor Joan DeJean will come to Boston to talk about "How Paris Became Paris, Making a Great Walking City".

The event will take place at the Country Club in Brookline with cocktails at 6pm, followed by the lecture and then an optional dinner.  The occasion is the recent publication of Prof. DeJean's book "How Paris Became Paris, the Invention of the Modern City".

Professor DeJean came a few years ago to talk about her last book, “The Age of Comfort”, and everybody who remembers her lecture then will be able to tell you what a fantastic lecturer she is.  Her book on Paris was received to great acclaim throughout the US, including extremely positive reviews in the NY Times.

6pm Cocktails
6:30pm Lecture
Optional Dinner

The Country Club
191 Clyde Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Courtesy of Dr. Francis de Marneffe

Cocktail, Lecture and Book $75: click here to purchase tickets
Cocktail, Lecture, Book and Dinner $145: click here to purchase tickets

Free Parking
Business Attire

Please RSVP by October 28, 2014