Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, “Friends of Fort de Chartres,” is a not-for-profit organization made up of volunteers striving to preserve, protect, and interpret the physical structural and cultural heritage of Fort de Chartres in the 1700s.
Les Amis meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 3:30 PM at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site. Membership for Les Amis is open to all and encourages volunteering at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site or offers other support opportunities benefiting the Fort. Our membership form is available here. Beginning March 2016, Les Amis began publishing a quarterly newspaper announcing current fort events and activities-Gazette de Les Amis du Fort de Chartres. The most recent newsletter can be found here. Join now!
Individual Membership – $10.00
Family Membership – $15.00
Les Amis du Fort de Chartres looks forward to continuing the tradition of local community support and involvement at our unique state historic site, Fort de Chartres. Over the years Les Amis has contributed or sponsored many projects supporting the Fort and its cultural heritage. Recently, Les Amis created a new monthly series of period demonstrations titled Art de vivre (Art of life), celebrating the everyday arts of the eighteenth century. The newest posted Art de vivre event is listed on the bottom of this page and all events can be found on Les Amis’ Facebook page. Over the recent past, Les Amis helped repair the site’s bread oven, maintained the John Guilfoil Memorial Library at Fort de Chartres through the work of a Les Amis member Kathy Janik, supported the Fort de Chartres Heritage Jardin Potager Project, and of major importance, successfully sponsored the 2016 Fort de Chartres Special Events.
In 2016, due to the Illinois State budget impasse, all non-essential services and most supporting funds to state historic sites were cut. Les Amis du Fort de Chartres agreed to sponsor a major funding campaign for the Fort de Chartres special events held annually at the Fort and raised $18,000+ in private donations, and, through our corporate giving 2016 campaign, successfully sponsored the site’s events. The organization worked in partnership with other Fort groups such as Les Coureurs de Bois des Fort de Chartres and the Fort de Chartres French Marines, both hosting some of the special events, and all Fort support organizations donated to our fundraising effort. All funds raised benefited and were dedicated to the Fort de Chartres Historic Site special events, with the annual June Rendezvous being the most costly.
With no 2017 state funds available for site special events, Les Amis is again spearheading a fundraising effort to support the Fort de Chartres State Historic Site special events. We are reaching out to our regional corporations and businesses to help sponsor the Fort’s special events in 2017. Les Amis du Fort de Chartres welcomes all donations, and we ask you to join us in making a difference, partnering together to support our national and regional history while creating economic stability and even providing the potential for growth in southwestern Illinois. Your donation is a tax-deductible gift and all donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes, as this campaign is sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, a 501c3 organization. If you prefer to mail your individual or business donation, checks can be made out to Les Amis du Fort de Chartres and mailed to: Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, PO Box 366, Prairie du Rocher, IL 62277.
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Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2017 Corporate Giving Campaign Sponsors
$1000 Gold Level – Buena Vista National Bank, with Branches in Red Bud, Evansville, Chester, & Prairie du Rocher
$500 Silver Level – First National Bank of Steeleville
Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres ($915)
Prairie du Rocher Chamber of Commerce ($300 Special Events, $300 Kids’ Day)
$250 Bronze Level – Harrisonville Telephone Company (HTC)
The Material Works, LTD
Red Bud Masonic Lodge 427
$100 Copper Level – American Long Rifle Association
Artillery Safety School ($138)
Ersten Jaeger Corps ($120)
La Clare Manor
Lisa’s Market Street Grill
Milice de Ste Famille ($270)
North County News
Red Bud Industries, Inc.
Ste. Anne’s Parish Milice
General George Rogers Clark Chapter of the Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
Total Eclipse, Inc.
2017 Individual Donors
Bob & Linda Mueller, Fr. Jason Vidrine, Carol & Nick Kuntz, William Rudolph, Jennifer & Jason Duensing, John Fulton
47th Annual June Rendezvous Individual Sponsor-Carol Richardson
Les Amis thanks these businesses for their recent donations and we thank all for supporting Les Amis du Fort de Chartres and the Fort de Chartres State Historic Site. We welcome new members and we invite you to join us-together we really do make a difference!
And besides sponsoring the Fort Special events, these are some of the Fort projects sponsored and funded by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres from 2016-2017 and made possible by our supportive sponsors and amazing volunteers, we can’t thank you enough!
- Metal Flagpole (in Visitor Parking)
- Ghosting Removal
- Replaced Cannon Carriage
- Printed the Fort’s self-guided tour maps
- Printed and distributed Fort de Chartres rack cards
Money was raised through Les Amis specific project donations, Summer Ball, rummage sales, and t-shirt sales, and other fundraising efforts.
Other miscellaneous Fort support projects:
- Items donated and funded for site everyday function and maintenance
- Numerous volunteer work weekends for site upkeep
- Developed our privately funded website
- Supported the Fort library and a Les Amis volunteer organized and digitized the titles of the Library’s book catalog
- A Fort grounds grass restoration project
- Volunteer interpretation of Fort site for school tours
- Paid for ads to promote the site
- Volunteers staffed numerous area wide information booths promoting the Fort
- Volunteers helped organize and participated in a French Colonial Garden Tour
- Volunteers welcomed and helped promote the Fort to press attending the 2016 KCT Media Tour
- Printing and distribution of schedule of events
- Collaboration work to support and promote the Fort with KCT, Randolph and Monroe County Tourism, and PDR Chamber of Commerce
- A volunteer secured and temporarily repaired the Fort’s site cedar embankment
Les Amis 2016-2017 organizational projects include:
- Art de Vivre (French Colonial Art of 18th century life) monthly demonstration series
- Created and currently publish a quarterly newsletter to unify and combine Fort related information
- Presents an annual Education Day to local schools
- Provided assistance to the volunteer jardin project
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Thank you to Mitch Lopata, of Lopata Design, for the donated graphic art creations for Fort de Chartres, including our new Les Amis logo.
Les Amis currently is maintaining the Fort de Chartres State Historic Site website. Thank you to Scott Irvin for website support and to Sarah Jones for creating the site format. Thank you for your patience as we work to improve and update this new format!