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New York Chapter

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.

Guy N. Robinson and Odile de Schiétère-Longchampt are Co-Chairmen of French Heritage Society's New York Chapter.

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

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French Creativity and the First World War

Please join us for a Lecture on Wednesday, May 6th by James Caughman

Last year was the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. Considered by many to be the war that would end all wars, it has subsequently been described as the war that ended all peace. Despite its devastation, the First World War certainly proved to be a catalyst for creativity. The prelude to this conflict established political alliances that stimulated French arts in exotic ways and the aftermath generated a multifaceted response to the destructive nature of war. This lecture explores the end of the Belle Epoque and the amazing decade of the Crazy Years in the 1920s. All facets of creativity in this generative period will be explored, including fine and decorative art, architecture, fashion, literature, ballet and music.

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 6:30 PM, Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 followed by cocktails

The New York Junior League
130 East 80th Street
Harriman Room
(between Park and Lexington Avenues)

Cost:
FHS Members tickets $50 (click here to purchase tickets)
Non-Members & Guests $65 (click here to purchase tickets)

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Space is limited and reservations will be on a first come first serve basis.