The Louisiana Chapter organizes a variety of events for its members throughout the year, such as lectures, private museum tours, wine tastings, day trips to surrounding homes and plantations, and special dinners. Past highlights have included a seated gala dinner in the Cabildo for the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase, a two day tour of Cajun country, and a book signing at a historic Garden District private home. The Chapter has also been hosted at private previews of exhibits at various museums in the area, and, recently held an elegant dinner at the Residence of the French Consul General of France in New Orleans honoring FHS long-time patron Matilda Gray Stream.
Proceeds from Chapter benefits are designated for specific grants which members have voted to support. The Louisiana Chapter has raised funds for restoration projects including Laura Plantation; the repainting of interior rooms of Pitot House, near Esplanade on Bayou St. John. The Chapter also pledged and provided funding for the Château du Camule.
While things slow considerably in the summer months in Louisiana, the Chapter welcomed a record number of student interns who had little time to slow down with work, play and discovery. Students from the Ecole du Louvre Valentine Lachaud worked at Laura Plantation, Mélanie Kelogian at the Louisiana State Museum, Lea Robin at The Historic New Orleans Collection and Margot Delvert at the National World War II Museum. Charlotte Rosier from the Landscape School of Versailles toiled and catalogued findings from St. Anthony’s Garden, the oldest formal garden in the Louisiana territory, a recipient of a recent FHS grant .
For the coming season, the Louisiana Chapter has plans for a variety of events:
On Wednesday, November 19th, we will join with the Friends of Music for a chamber music presentation of the Ébène String Quartet on the Tulane University campus followed by a post-performance supper-reception for the artists and guest of FHS & FOM at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Labouisse.
A holiday cocktail benefit will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. (Buddy) Bolton with caroling in French.
On the Eve of the Celebration of the Battle of New Orleans, French Vespers will be sung at the Mount Olivet Episcopal-Anglican Church in historic Algiers Point led by the Very Rev. Jean Meade.
We also plan to meet with the new Consul General of France in New Orleans and continue our work with all the museums and cultural institutions in the city, particularly those that received our summer interns with such enthusiasm.