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As part of its mission to disseminate knowledge of historic stained glass in both both France and the United States, American Friends of Chartres presents events of cultural, historical, or artistic subjects for the public benefit. Friends of Chartres are always invited to these events.

Learn more through our past solicitation letters, archived here:

2016 Solicitation Letter

In Memoriam: Pierre-Louis Roederer

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Trustee and Founding Member, Pierre-Louis Roederer, on January 31, 2015. Pierre-Louis was a man of remarkable intelligence, integrity and commitment to the preservation of Chartres and of the world’s cultural heritage. After a brilliant career at the Corning Company, he dedicated himself in his retirement to philanthropy for Chartres and many other endeavors. Donations in his honor can be made at razoo.com/Friends-Of-Chartres or friendsofchartres.org.


President of American Friends of Chartres interviewed by BFM Business

On June 14th 2014, Dominique Lallement, President of American Friends of Chartres, was interviewed by BFM Business, the main French business TV and Radio station in France. The interview took place at the Nasdaq studio in New York with special reporter Sabrina Quagliozzi and focussed on the launch of AFC’s crowdfunding campaign. It was broadcast as part of the “ Grand Journal de New York”

AFC president awarded Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres

Monika Riely, founder and first president of American Friends of Chartres, was awarded the designation Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in a ceremony on October 19, 2012 in Chartres. The award from the Minister of Culture of France recognizes Ms. Riely for her work in founding AFC and raising funds to finance restoration work at Notre-Dame de Chartres. The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres honors individuals for their “significant contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural heritage.”

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Professor Paul Crossley lecture – March 2013

On March 12, 2013 The American Friends of Chartres, the Standing Committee of Medieval Studies of Harvard University and Fabien Fieschi, Consul General of France in Boston, sponsored a lecture by Paul Crossley, Professor Emeritus of the Courtauld Institute of Art of London University, on “Chartres and the Rhetoric of Gothic Cathedrals”. The event took place the Sackler Museum at Harvard University.

Professor Paul Crossley (Photo by Marci Tyldesley)

The lecture was introduced by Professor Jeffrey Hamburger, Chair of the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies at Harvard University. His welcome was followed by a short presentation of American Friends of Chartres activities and projects and a photographic presentation by Art Sacré Photographers, Dennis Aubrey and PJ McKey of Via Lucis Photography.

Paul Crossley was educated at Downside School and Trinity College Cambridge, where he read Law and History of Art. He completed his doctorate on the history of Polish Medieval architecture at Trinity College and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. From 1971 to 1990 he was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the History of Art at Manchester University. In 1990 he joined the teaching staff of The Courtauld Institute, first as a Senior Lecturer and then (from 2002) as a Professor. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Foreign Fellow of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences.

For Professor Crossley, “the business [of Gothic cathedrals] is to persuade, charm, delight and overwhelm”. You can read this lecture in full here.

Dennis Aubrey and PJ McKey, Photo by Marci Tyldesley

Photographers PJ McKey and Dennis Aubrey have spent much of the last decade documenting the Romanesque and Gothic churches of France and Spain.

AFC announces second restoration program

March 12, 2013
Cambridge, Massachusetts

On March 12, 2013 American Friends of Chartres announced their second funding project at the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Chartres, the restoration of the stained-glass windows in Bay 140. This is the second bay from the west on the south side of the nave clerestory and features the Alpha and Omega Rose Window and the lancets of Saints Peter and James the Major. This restoration will take three years and is scheduled to be completed sometime in 2016. This window has many intriguing elements of interest and we would like to tell you more about it. You may be interested in helping American Friends of Chartres with this restoration project. If so please choose to donate on this site or contact us by email.


American Friends of Chartres is pleased to have awarded the first scholarship in memory of former board member David Whitehouse. The award was made to glass artist EDISON OSORIO ZAPATA.

Edison will attend the Summer Session at The Studio, Corning Museum of Glass, and take Martin Janecky’s class “Sculpting Inside the Bubble”. This two-week, advanced glassblowing course focuses on unique techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting, with an emphasis on the freedom to explore process and the potential of the material. David Whitehouse was a great supporter of The Studio and spent many hours lecturing and giving tours to the students there. Edison was selected for the scholarship based on his talent, knowledge of glass, commitment to education on glass and giving back to the artistic glass community. The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and rooming expense while in Corning.


Patrice Calvel lecture – April 2010

Patrice Calvel lecture at Harvard’s Sackler Auditorium (Photo by Theresa Moore)

Patrice Calvel, architect-in-chief of the Historical Monuments in France, presented a lecture, “Splendors and Highlights of Stained Glass at Chartres: Restoration, Newest Techniques and Latest Discoveries” at Harvard University’s Sackler Auditorium on March 31, 2010. Presented by the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, American Friends of Chartres, and Chartres, Sanctuaire du Monde, under the patronage of The French Consul General Christophe Guilhou, the lecture featured commentary on the restoration of the stained-glass windows. M. Calvel presented a fascinating review of the process and progress of the restoration. He concluded by stressing the importance of broadening the national scope of the project into an international concern.

Patrice Calvel (Photo by Theresa Moore)