Meet Our Board: Claire Dwoskin

Meet Our Board: Claire Dwoskin

As a life-long Washingtonian, becoming involved with the French-American Cultural Foundation has represented an opportunity to invite and reinvigorate French-influenced social, cultural and business relationships into my activities and has renewed my interest in an old love, French culture and style. Books I collected and pored over in my 20’s and 30’s on French furniture, […]

“Paris, Capital of Fashion” at FIT

“Paris, Capital of Fashion” at FIT

The Paris, Capital of Fashion exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s museum in New York City explores how and why Paris became the international capital of fashion. It features approximately 75 fashion ensembles, dating from the 18th century to the present, as well as accessories. Curated by Dr. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum […]

Book Highlight: “Proust’s Duchess”

Book Highlight: “Proust’s Duchess”

Proust’s Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-De-Siècle Paris is a “beguiling group biography of three aristocratic salonnières of Parisian high society in the Belle Époque. Together they inspired the composite figure of the exquisite, elegantly remote Duchesse de Guermantes, the muse of Proust’s dreams of chivalric French history, romance and la […]

Veterans Day 2019

Veterans Day 2019

Today, and every day, we honor veterans from the United States and France who have served side by side to defend freedom around the world. We say thank you to the military and their families on both sides of the Atlantic for their work and sacrifice in the past, today and tomorrow.

Book Highlight: “The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture”

Book Highlight: “The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture”

In today’s world where technological advancements are rapidly and significantly changing society on a continual basis, it’s hard to imagine a time when rail travel and mass book production were drivers of cultural globalization. In his latest book, The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture, author Orlando Figes explores how European […]

A real-life approach to learning French

A real-life approach to learning French

innerFrench is a fun and immersive way to learn how to speak and think in French. Created by Hugo Cotton, the program features interactive methods to learn French grammar and vocabulary, which can be tough at times. On their website, there are podcast episodes discussing everything from Islamophobia in France, to the Tour de France, […]

Author David Bruce Smith and F-ACF’s Debra Dunn discuss “Abigail & John”

Author David Bruce Smith and F-ACF’s Debra Dunn discuss “Abigail & John”

The French-American Cultural Foundation’s Executive Director, Debra Dunn, recently sat down with Michael Poliakoff, President of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, and David Bruce Smith, Founder and President of the Grateful American Foundation for a lively discussion centered around John and Abigail Adams. Listen to the interview here The focus of the conversation […]

High school students explore French-American history at the Society of the Cincinnati

High school students explore French-American history at the Society of the Cincinnati

Founded in 1783, the Society of the Cincinnati is the oldest patriotic organization in the United States. Now a nonprofit educational organization, the group was founded by officers of the Continental Army and their French counterparts who served together in the American Revolution. The Society maintains its headquarters, library and museum at Anderson House in […]

Restoring the Queen’s Grove at Versailles

Restoring the Queen’s Grove at Versailles

The Queen’s Grove at the Palace of Versailles is an ornamental garden that was designed for Queen Marie-Antoinette in 1776. The plot was created as a flower garden with predominantly North American varieties that were new to France at the time. The Queen’s Grove was designed for Marie-Antoinette to have a secluded place to walk, […]