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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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Louis XIV and Versailles

Louis XIV Painting SmallJames Caughman will be giving a lecture about Louis XIV and Versailles, which will be followed by a cocktails, and an optional dinner.  

Louis XIV ruled France at a time of great accomplishment. This was the Grand Siècle when perfection was attained in all of the arts. The Palace of Versailles remains the symbol of his long reign and is still a remarkable testament to the glory and magnificence of France. To honor the 300th anniversary of this death, this lecture will investigate the development of the French creative perspective and will explore the relationship between the king and his crowning architectural statement.

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

6pm Cocktails
6:30pm Lecture
Optional Dinner

Chilton Club
287 Dartmouth Street
Boston, MA 02116

Business Attire
Valet Parking Available for $20

Cocktail and Lecture $65 (click here to purchase tickets)
Cocktail, Lecture and Dinner $135 (click here to purchase tickets)

Please RSVP by May 31st

James Caughman, an independent historian with a specialty in French and English decorative arts, has a bachelor’s degree in French Literature and a master’s degree in foreign relations. Jim’s interest in furniture and decorative arts was stimulated by his intimate involvement in developing historical licensing programs with several preservation foundations, including The Historic Charleston Foundation. From 2003 until 2006, he was the Executive Director of the Washington Design Center in Washington DC. He served on the American board of directors of the British National Trust and worked with French scholar Jacques Garcia to present the exhibition “When Versailles was Furnished in Silver” at the Palace of Versailles in 2008. He is currently co-authoring a book on Addison Mizner, the architect whose iconic work helped to define Palm Beach. He lives in Washington DC with his wife.

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