Les Amis has been very active these past few months pursuing projects that celebrate the Fort and its history. One of our educational projects we are very proud of is our new line-art publication, French Colonial Fort de Chartres, a Journey in Time, depicting “Forgotten Illinois” pre-statehood years of 1756-1757 in and around Fort de Chartres. “A Journey in Time” is 40-page line-art one color publication, created by award-winning artist Tom Willcockson and published by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres. Tom is the artist of the current interactive pamphlet available at the fort and he has two other publications Twelve Moons: A Year with the Sauk and Meskwaki, 1817-1818 and Passage to Chicago: A Journey on the Illinois & Michigan Canal in the Year 1860. Both of these books have won the Illinois Association of Museums’ Superior Achievement Award. The art style of this publication is unique to other published histories, appealing to and presenting a great visual perspective for young adults and the general public, a much needed history book for schools and libraries. The book can be purchased for $12.95 and you can order your copy here: Order French Colonial Fort de Chartres, a Journey in Time

Tom Willcockson signing book copies at Fort de Chartres

Announcement! Illinois Humanities awarded a “Forgotten Illinois” grant of $2,500 to Les Amis du Fort de Chartres towards the production of French Colonial Fort de Chartres: A Journey in Time. Les Amis is honored to have received this IL Humanities grant and to have our project valued and chosen among the many other proposed projects.

Check out the amazing projects and endeavors supported by the Illinois Humanities Council at their Facebook  “Forgotten Illinois” page . Les Amis du Fort de Chartres is proud to be one of the listed grant award recipients. Please take a moment and visit their new page, and learn about all of the projects they are supporting. You can also visit their “Forgotten Illinois” website here.


New 2019 Les Amis du Fort de Chartres T-Shirt-“Parade Ground at Fort de Chartres” 

2019 Parade Ground at Fort de Chartres T-Shirt

This new 2019 Fort de Chartres t-shirt, introduced during the Fort de Chartres 2018 Winter Rendezvous, is being sold by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres to raise funds for Les Amis du Fort de Chartres education projects, like our new book publication. The t-shirt art chosen for our new design is the “Parade Ground at Fort de Chartres” and the second design in our t-shirt series. This new design is featured in our publication, French Colonial Fort de Chartres, a Journey in Time, created by our award-winning artist Tom Willcockson. The design is printed on a sage green t-shirt with brown print and is available online at the cost of $20. You can order your t-shirt at The Heart of Illinois Country Heritage Shop by clicking on this link: Les Amis du Fort de Chartres T-Shirt-“Parade Ground at Fort de Chartres”.

We are very passionate about the history of Fort de Chartres and our new publication and the related t-shirt series were created to support this history. Your book and t-shirt purchases support all of Les Amis du Fort de Chartres’ educational efforts. Merci!

And if you would like to donate directly to Les Amis’ educational projects without purchasing a t-shirt or book, can can also do so at this link-“French Colonial Fort de Chartres-A Journey in Time”. Merci!