The Northern California Chapter organizes a variety of cultural and social events throughout the year to highlight the accomplishments of FHS on both sides of the Atlantic. 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 renown 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 a specific project. In 2013 it was towards the restoration of the magnificant French neoclassic period room, the Salon Doré, located in the San Francisco Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum.
In honor of Martin Chapman and his team of gilders, carvers and other specialists who worked on various elements of the Salon Doré, a cocktail party will be held in Martin's honor for his dedication to the arts and culture which benefits California museum visitors as well as international visitors and art in general.
In addition to the major donors, French Heritage Society's Northern California Chapter pledged their restoration funds in 2013 towards the project. Under the Patronage of French Senator Robert Picchia and the French Consul General of San Francisco, both sides of the Atlantic will be represented just as FHS participates in restoration projects both in France and America.
Please see the New York Times article published on Sunday, March 19th, about the restoration of the Salon Doré, to how it must have appeared in the 18th century. Congratulations to Curator in Charge of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Martin Chapman, and the many expert artisans who have used their skills to restore the room.
Our gratitude to the Patrons and Donors who gave generously to the project. French Heritage Society wishes to thank its members and friends who also contributed to the restoration of the Salon Doré.
On Sunday, June 29th, 2014, the FHS Northern California Chapter invited its members on a special tour led by Docent Steve Luppino, at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
The tour began at 10am, followed by brunch in the Museum Cafe.
The exhibition comprised masterpieces by many of the best known artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Their collective significance is grounded in the high quality of each example and in the works' variety of subject matter, including portraits and self-portraits, still lifes and landscapes painted en plein air.
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.