The New York Chapter organizes a variety of cultural and social events for its members throughout the year. Past highlights have included special receptions at the French Consulate; a private visit to Old Westbury gardens; and their Annual Gala Dinner at the Metropolitan Club and the Union Club.
Proceeds from Chapter benefits are designated for specific grants which members have voted to support. The New York Chapter has raised funds for restoration projects at the Petite Malmaison and the Château de La Roche Courbon in France, as well as for the Morris Jumel Mansion and New York City Hall and the French Consulate in New York. Currently the New York Chapter is funding grants to Monticello, Jardins d’Albertas, Château de La Bussière and Deyo House in New Paltz, NY. Future Chapter events are being planned in order to support a grant to the Church of Saint-Germain-des-Pres in Paris.
For further information or to learn more about Membership, please contact the New York Chapter directly.
Please join us for a lecture on Thursday, March 5th by Author Charlie Scheips
For every person who has experienced that fleeting moment where you felt you belonged in another time and place, Charlie Scheips’ Elsie de Wolfe’s Paris: Frivolity Before the Storm will be a delightful glimpse into another era.
The American decorator Elsie de Wolfe (1858–1950) was the international set’s preeminent hostess in Paris during the interwar years. She had a legendary villa in Versailles, where in the late 1930s she held two fabulous parties – her Circus Balls – that marked the end of the social scene that her friend Cole Porter perfectly captured in his songs, as the clouds of war swept through Europe.
Charlie Scheips tells the story of these glamorous parties using a wealth of previously unpublished photographs and introducing a large cast of aristocrats, beauties, politicians, fashion designers, movie stars, moguls, artists, caterers, florists, party planners, and decorators. A landmark work of social history and a poignant vision of a vanished world, Scheips’s book belongs on the shelf with Abrams classics such as Slim Aarons: Once Upon A Time and Tony Duquette.
Charlie Scheips is a cultural historian who has curated exhibitions in the United States and Europe. He was the founding director of the Condé Nast Archive in New York. He lives in New York City.
Lecture: 6:30 PM, Thursday, March 5, 2015 followed by cocktails
The New York Junior League
130 East 80th Street
(between Park and Lexington Avenues)
FHS Members tickets $50
Non-Members & Guests $65
Space is limited and reservations will be on a first come, first serve basis.