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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. 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

2018 Illinois Bicentennial Partner Seal

In the 2018 year’s celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial, we celebrated all that is great in Illinois: our history, our people, and our communities. Les Amis du Fort de Chartres was proud to announce that our organization was an officially endorsed partner of the Illinois Bicentennial. We were honored to be awarded this title and “Illinois Proud” as we celebrated our events and projects in the Illinois Bicentennial year.

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Les Amis accepting a donation from a member’s employer. Thank you, Ericha Johanning!

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 2016-2019 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 other Fort support groups to host both hosting some of the special events from 2016-2019, 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.

Jason Duensing during the 2016 PdR Arpent Run


With no 2020 state funds available for site special events, Les Amis once again is spearheaded a fundraising effort to support the Fort de Chartres State Historic Site special events. We reached out to regional corporations and businesses to help sponsor the Fort’s special events from 2016-2018 and Les Amis welcomed all donations. In 2019 we continue to ask you to join us in making a difference by helping sponsor the annual special events at Fort de Chartres, 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.

Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2020 Members-New General Donations through December 31, 2019

$100 Bronze Level

Marvin Woody

$50+ Pewter Level

Robert & Kim Barber, Michele Mele (90), Ed Paine ($90), Jay McCormick & Linda Presler ($85), Richard Sauget, Terry Wyciskalla ($90)

Under $50 Iron Level

Mike Bost, The Carr Family, Jason Favignano, Don Hamilton, Heather Juefs, Greg, Sandy, Alex, & Jon Kane, Dave & Marie Kazmark, Tim, Donna, Tom, & Jennifer Krejci, Walt & Debbie Maus, Ray Naughton, Ed & Kathy Schultz, Mary Schuster, Larry Stock, Tim, Erin, Thomas, & Lea Anne Sutter, Dave & Linda White


Les Amis du Fort de Chartres 2019 General Donations through December 31, 2019

$1000 Gold Level

Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Illinois (annual matching grant)

Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Missouri

$500+ Silver Level

Illinois General Society Of Colonial Wars ($814)

General Society of Colonial Wars ($816)

The Society of Colonial Wars Missouri ($816)

$250 Bronze Level

Chris Cliburn ($400)

$100 Copper Level

Chris & Stephanie Cliburn, Constance Jackson, Joseph Touhill, Marvin Woody, Gregory & Diane Chappers

$50+ Pewter Level

Brianna Barbeau ($78), Lon Brauer & Djuana Tucker ($60), Tim, Donna, Tom Krejci & Jennifer, Carol & Nick Kuntz & Olivia, Ed Paine ($90), Jay McCormick & Linda Presler ($85), John & Dorothy Stade, Terry Wyciskalla ($90)

Under $50 Iron Level

James & Carolyn Andrews, Nick Balz, Robert & Kim Barber, Michael Bost, Charles Bule, Larry & Denise Callahan, Dave & Lily Carr, James Chesney, Ed & Jane Dare, Randy Dick, Randy & Sharon Duncan, John Dunkin, William Fox, Mike Glisson, Joe Greco, Don Hamilton, Carl, Trish, Jessica & Jacob Handel, Steve Helfrich, Bud and Brenda Hoock, Tammy Hoss, John & Karen Hunt, Indian Images-Bill & Kathy Brewer, Dale Jacobsen, Donna Kepley, Charles Ketcham, Jim & Judie Klein, Katie Dile & Mike Kolodka, David Leply, Jim Linksvayer, Emily Lyons, Walt & Debbie Maus, Pam Melching, Robbie & Jennifer Melson, Jeff & Patricia Mitchell, Dan Moore, Ray Naughton, Mohinder Partap, Troy and Millie Pate, Cecelia Piekarski, Ethan & Anna Ripplinger, Ron Robertson, Mike Rumler, Ron Russell, Wayne Sampson, Jerry Sansegraw, Richard Sauget, Martin Schuster, Lee & Carol Shafer, Lynne & Patrick Slack, Wyatt Stanford, Ken Stanley, J Larry & Cleo Stock, Rich,Rachel & Megan Stoops, Tracy Stumpf, Tim, Erin, Thomas & LeAnne Sullen, Darrell Thurston, Will Thompson, Don Turner, Roland & Kelly Williams, Roger & Darla Yoakum

Facebook Donation Campaign Sponsors

Les Amis du Fort de Chartres Giving Tuesday Event-$381

John Ritter Facebook Birthday Fundraiser Event benefiting Les Amis du Fort de Chartres Chapel Project-$260

Pat O’Dell Facebook Birthday Fundraiser Event benefiting Les Amis du Fort de Chartres-$150

Renea Martin Davis Facebook Birthday Fundraiser Event benefiting Les Amis du Fort de Chartres-$137

Jason Favignano Facebook Birthday Fundraiser Event benefiting Les Amis du Fort de Chartres-$100


Special General Fund Donation-$1000

Howard Kohlman-12/6/2019

Chapel Photo by Matt Munsell


In addition to our work supporting the Fort’s Special Events, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres began raising funds to begin Phase 1 of a Fort Chapel Repair Project, approved by IDNR. In November, 2019, Les Amis created an online Facebook Fundraiser to support this effort and $3385 was raised and we thank everyone who donated online or by mail.These recently donated funds are added to $4410 in funds raised since 2018 at Les Amis sponsored Trading Post and Rummage Sale events held during Winter Rendezvous, along with Pat O’Dell & John Ritter’s FB Birthday Fundraiser, brought our current Chapel Repair total to $7795. We continue to work to raise the remaining funds in our community to reach our repair project goal of $10,000. Again, we appreciate everyone’s support in this important Fort repair project.

Les Amis du Fort de Chartres Chapel Repair Project Online November 2019 Fundraiser

$1000-In honor of John & Dorothy Stade

$250-Level-Ken Carstens, Mollie Foster, Jane Stiening

$100-Level-Blake Asher, Gabe Doiron, D. Frank Elam, Heather Kertz Poenitske, Marvin Woody

$50-$99-Martin Aubuchon, Jim Bellinger, Carltha Lackey, Crockett, John Dehn, Cindy DeVall, Bonnie Grace, Connie Jackson, Dennis LaChance, Diana Akin Robinson, Glen Wolter

$25-49-Mary Jane Borlang, JasonFavignano, Tammy Hoss, Vickie Kehrer, Carol & Nick Kuntz, Gisela Lynn, Willene McCarty, Jerome Nix, Pat O’Dell, Laurie Woznicki

$10-$24-Missy Baker, Kim Barber, Ernest Doiron, Joseph Erickson, Angela Heigl, Dave Horne, Joel Hubbard, Jason Kertz, Pam Melching, Jena Oakley, John Ritter, Deborah Sallman, Rick Seidemann

John Ritter FB Birthday For de Chartres Chapel Repair Fundraiser-$260

Pat O’Dell FB Birthday For de Chartres Chapel Repair Fundraiser-$150

2018 Les Amis du Fort de Chartres Members General Donations-THANK YOU!

$1000 Gold Level

The Dial Family in Memory of Janelle Dial

Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Illinois (annual matching grant)

$250 Bronze Level

Bill & Patti Rudolph

$100 Copper Level

Dave & Lily Carr, The Cliburn Family, Dereign & Dereign Attorneys at Law, Marvin Woody, Terry Wyciskalla, Ronald & Linda Polka ($150)

$50+ Pewter Level

Robert & Kim Barber, Tim, Donna, Tom Krejci & Jennifer Davis, John Dunkin, Ed & Jane Dare, Connie Jackson, Jeff & Patricia Mitchell, David & Sue Moore, Bill Myers/Myers Korner Market, Ed & Pat Paine, Bill & Patty Rudolph

Under $50 Iron Level

Herman & Karen Albers, James & Carolyn Andrews, Robert Ardendes, Nick Balz, Charles Buie, Ken Carstons, Jeff Chowning, Rod & Marjorie Chowning,Jim Cooper, Ben Dolezal, Randy & Sharon Duncan, Mike Glisson, Russell Gowin, Cathy Grafton, Randy Dick, Carl & Trish Handel, Doanld Harris & Holly Wiseman, The Jones Family, Linda Kaat,  David Kazmark, James & Judie Klein, Terry Leggans, John & Beth Lovin, Emily Lyons, Jay McCormick & Linda Presler, Walt & Debbie Maas, Pam Melching, Joseph & Michelle Mele, Rob & Jennifer Melson, Dan Moore, Byran Mullen, Ray Naughton, Michael Olsson & Sharon Ketcherside, Richard Peeck, Ceil Piekarski, Michael Pierce, Jerry & Heather Poenitske, Anna Poling & Matt Holschen, Ethan & Anna Ripplinger, Ron Royer, Ron Russell, Bill Rusk, Michael & Janet Schinner, Lee & Carol Shafer, Lynne & Patrick Slacks, Ken Stanley, Wyatt Stanford, Ronnie Stellhorn, Tracy Stumpf, Joe Tesson, Darrell Thurston, Joseph Touhill, Don Turner, Robert Weathers, Roland & Kelly Williams, The Whitlock Family, Roger & Darla Yoakum

Again, Les Amis thanks everyone for their support of Les Amis du Fort de Chartres and its efforts to support the Fort de Chartres State Historic Site, the history of the Fort, and its (and the area’s) colonial cultural traditions.

We welcome new members and we invite you to join us-together we really do make a difference!

To see this year’s 2016-2019 Special Events Giving Campaign Sponsors,

please visit the Donate page of this website. We can’t thank these sponsors enough for their continued support of special events!

Les Amis du Fort de Chartres Special Events 2018 Giving Campaign was excited to have received this beautiful floor cloth created and donated by Angela Jones-McMullen for a drawing to benefit our Special Events Giving Campaign. Recently Angela presented Les Amis Vice President of Events, Jason Duensing, this 3 x 4’ Compass Rose design floor cloth with fleur de lis stenciled background, painted with Benjamin Moore Historical Collection paint. We thank Angela for this generous and lovely donation, and appreciate her for her artistic contribution to our special events campaign.The actual drawing took place at the Winter Rendezvous, November 2018, and Jena Oakley was the lucky winner!


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!

  • Fort de Chartres State Historic Site Sign
  • 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.

July 2017 Cannon Shoot Photo by Ericha Johanning

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

Our 2016 Corporate Giving Sponsors List

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Les Amis Membership Form

Les Amis Volunteer Opportunities

And to support Les Amis efforts at Fort de Chartres, Please DONATE!

Other opportunities to donate are available at Amazon Smile and Schuncks’ stores.

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!