The Northern California Chapter organizes a variety of cultural and social events throughout the year to highlight the accomplishments of FHS in France and the U.S. The year begins with our traditional Fête des Rois celebrated at the residence of the French Consul General. Other events include dinners in private homes. Private Docent Tours and lunches are organized at leading museums offering exhibitions of French art. French Heritage Society serves as a Cultural Sponsor of the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, bringing reknown speakers such as Princess Michael of Kent and Archduke Dr. Géza von Habsburg for special lectures.
Proceeds from the Chapter’s events are dedicated to specific projects. In 2013 it was towards the restoration of the Salon Doré, located in the San Francisco Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum. For 2014, all chapters have joined together in giving a grant to the French-American Memorial Hospital at Saint-Lô. In addition, Northern California Chapter funds will be dedicated to the restoration of Château de La Celle Saint Cloud.
Our chapter will mark the fifth year of a student essay program for local high school students to write about the importance of preserving French culture... on both sides of the Atlantic.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
11:00 am at Ft. Mason, San Francisco
FHS will again be a Cultural Sponsor of the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show
FHS guest speaker is Juliet Weir de Rouchefoucald, Fellow, Gemmological Association
On February 12, 2014, President Francois Hollande was welcomed by Mayor Ed Lee and the Lt. Governor of California, Gavin Newsom. French Heritage Society Board Member, Dr. Jean-Jacques Vitrac spoke with President Hollande and introduced Dori Bonn to President Hollande, telling him about the work of French Heritage Society.
We were graciously thanked for all of the work done by French Heritage Society. Jean-Jacques also introduced Dori Bonn to another member of the President's cabinet, Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs. As soon as Minister Fabius heard "French Heritage Society" he begin to speak about his knowledge of the New York and Paris chapters with high praise for Chairman Elizabeth Stribling.
We also had a brief opportunity to give our greetings to François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States. Many thanks to Jean-Jacques Vitrac for making the introductions and raising the visibility of French Heritage Society.
Parisians and San Francisco francophiles joined French Consul General Romain Serman in celebrating the Fête des Rois. The Northern California Chapter of French Heritage Society welcomed Dominique Flahaut de la Billarderie and Françoise Blanchet at the annual event held at the private residence of the French Consul General.
Winemaker Ludovic Dervin represented the evening's sponsor, MUMM NAPA. Curator of European Decorative Arts & Sculpture high lighted the restoration program of the French period room, the Salon Doré. All enjoyed the Mumm's sparkling wine and the traditional galettes des rois ended the festive evening.