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 Les Amis today!
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. 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.
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
$250 Bronze Level – Prairie du Rocher Chamber of Commerce ($300)
Harrisonville Telephone Company (HTC) ($250)
$100 Copper Level – Ironhorse, Inc.
La Clare Manor
Red Bud Industries, Inc.
General George Rogers Clark Chapter of the Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
Total Eclipse, Inc.
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!
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Les Amis du Fort de Chartres March Art de vivre (Art of life) Bake Oven Event
On March 25, 2017, at 10 a.m.to 3 p.m., as part of the Les Amis Art de vivre monthly presentation series, John Hancock will conduct a class and demonstration on the proper firing technique for the Fort’s eighteenth century reproduction stone bake oven. At this class, written materials will be provided for attendees and after completion of the class, attendees will receive a certification card allowing them to sign up for future opportunities to fire and use the oven while at the Fort. The fee for class materials will be $15 to cover the cost of class materials. There will be a break for lunch midday and afterwards return to the firing of the oven. Lunch is on one’s own. (Lisa’s is always a good option.)
Preregistration is required and class registration size limited to 10 and are due by March 18. Register.
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!