The American Friends of Blérancourt (AFB) is an American philanthropic group
based in New York City.

This year AFB is celebrating its 34th anniversary. 

 

AFB was created in 1985 at the suggestion of Pierre Rosenberg, the Chief Curator of Paintings at the Louvre Museum at the time, to raise funds for the expansion, the gardens and the new educational programs and technology of the Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt in Picardy.

The founder and chairman, didi d’Anglejan, and president, Eugénie Anglès, have worked with a motivated membership to expand and make known a unique museum that celebrates three centuries of French-American friendship. 

Franco-American Museum , Château de Blérancourt Dedication; June 2017

George Sape Honoring French chef Delouvrier

George Sape Honoring French chef Delouvrier

Sources of funding for the American Friends of Blérancourt’s projects come from the Florence Gould Foundation, other foundation grants, private donations, and revenue from trips, gala dinners and special events..

Since fundraising for the Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt is the raison d’être of the American Friends of Blérancourt, activities include trips to private chateaux and gardens, visits to private art collections, and an annual gala dinner in New York. Promotional activities to make the Museum better known include a very successful “traveling exhibition” of historic photos and film footage from the Museum’s Anne Morgan archives, as well as a student exchange program, and a university partnership.


BOARD MEMBERS

Mr. Franck Laverdin (Board Chair)

Mr. Franck Laverdin (Board Chair)

Countess Dorothea de la Houssaye (President)

Countess Dorothea de la Houssaye (President)

Mr. Andrew Kotchoubey (Treasurer)

Mr. Andrew Kotchoubey (Treasurer)

Mrs. danielle barrett

Mrs. danielle barrett

Mrs. Genevieve Wheeler Brown

Mrs. Genevieve Wheeler Brown

Mrs. Gerald P. Gehman

Mrs. Gerald P. Gehman

Mr. James W. Gerard

Mr. James W. Gerard

Mr. Eric C. Jirgens

Mr. Eric C. Jirgens

Mrs. Pamela Johananoff

Mrs. Pamela Johananoff

Mr. Frédéric Laluyaux

Mr. Frédéric Laluyaux

Mrs. Patricia Lee

Mrs. Patricia Lee

Mrs. Tom Marsh

Mrs. Tom Marsh

Mr. Miles Morgan

Mr. Miles Morgan

Ms. Sonja Tremont Morgan

Ms. Sonja Tremont Morgan

Mr. Jay R. Paul

Mr. Jay R. Paul

Mr. Mark Rudkin (Landscape Architect)

Mr. Mark Rudkin (Landscape Architect)

Mr. George Sape

Mr. George Sape

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Our Board members and Patrons, who mostly reside in the U.S. and France, include former Ambassadors, business people, designers, art and wine connoisseurs, philanthropists.

They are people who are particularly interested in French-American relations, diplomacy, history and art, and respond to the unique mission of this Museum. Many have broad cultural interests as well, and are captivated by France with its rich cultural heritage and museums. Then there are those who simply enjoy being part of big projects that honor the idea of individuals making a difference.

Honorary Patrons
The American Ambassador to France
The French Ambassador to the United States

Board of Directors
Mr. Franck Laverdin, Board Chair
Dorothea de La Houssaye, President
Mr. Andrew Kotchoubey, Treasurer

Mrs. Danielle Barrett
Mrs. Genevieve Wheeler Brown
Mrs. Gerald P. Gehman
Mr. James W. Gerard
Mr. Eric C. Jirgens
Mrs. Pamela Johananoff
Mr. Frédéric Laluyaux
Mrs. Patricia Lee
Mrs. Tom Marsh
Mr. Miles Morgan
Ms. Sonja Tremont Morgan
Mr. Jay R. Paul
Mr. Mark Rudkin, Landscape Architect
Mr. George Sape

Patrons
Mrs. William B. Astrop
Mrs. Anne Bass
Mr. William Christie
Mr. Madison Cox
Comte and Comtesse Edouard Decazes
Mr. Richard E. Ford
Mr. Xavier Guerrand Hermès
Mrs. Roger D. Lapham
Mr. David T. McGovern
Mrs. Lee Richards McMillan
Comte and Comtesse Thierry de Montrichard
Duchesse de Mouchy
Miss Mary Jane Pool
Mrs. Oscar de la Renta
Comtesse de Ribes
Mr. François de Ricqlès
Monsieur and Madame Pierre Rosenberg
Mrs. Edmond J. Safra
Dr. Monique Seefried

Baronne Bernard d’Anglejan-Chatillion (Founder & Chairman Emerita)

Baronne Bernard d’Anglejan-Chatillion (Founder & Chairman Emerita)

Founder & Chairman Emerita
Baronne Bernard d’Anglejan-Chatillion

 
 
Madame Jean-Paul Anglès (President Emerita)

Madame Jean-Paul Anglès (President Emerita)

President Emerita
Madame Jean-Paul Anglès