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300th Anniversary Celebration of Fort de Chartres Postponed to 2021

Les Amis du Fort de Chartres announces the postponed celebrations of the 300th Anniversary of Fort de Chartres and 50 Years of Rendezvous during the 51st Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous, June 5 & 6, 2021 
Prairie du Rocher, IL-Les Amis du Fort de Chartres will be recognizing the 300th anniversary of historic Fort de Chartres and 50 years of the Annual Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres next year during the Fort’s 51st Annual Rendezvous, June 5 & 6, 2021. Currently, Illinois Department of Natural Resources State Parks and Historic Sites are following the state’s Phase 4 guidelines, which allow for groups of only 50 persons or less on site. Due to these restrictions, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres announces the cancellation of the remainder of Fort 2020 events. With the state and region’s recent spike of COVID-19 pandemic cases, it is uncertain when the state will transition into the next and final site opening phase which will have no restrictions for site events and gatherings.  
Fort de Chartres State Historic Site’s annual Rendezvous, is the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the Midwest. The event attracts many thousands to the site during this two-day special event. This annual event is presented by Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres and sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres. The Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous is made possible through the dedication of the Fort’s many volunteers and support organizations and through donations by businesses and individuals in our surrounding communities. All event funds raised this year thus far will be used to plan and present Fort events in 2021, once the state of Illinois enters Phase 5 status. We understand this has been a challenging and disappointing year for events at Fort de Chartres, but the health and safety of our visitors and participants is our top priority. The event will be expanded next year, in celebration of its 2020 golden anniversary and in recognition of the 300th anniversary of the first Fort de Chartres.  
Jason Duensing, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres Vice-President of Special Events, is confident that once the site’s Phase 5 status is reached, Fort de Chartres Special Events will be stronger and better than ever, free from the recent flooding and pandemic concerns that have restricted site events. Les Amis and Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres will be waiting to welcome visitors, participants, and volunteers to our events in 2021. Please check out the website, www.fortdechartres.us, for the list of scheduled 2021 events and dates. In the meantime, Les Amis offers our best wishes for everyone’s continued health and safety during the pandemic crisis. 
Fort de Chartres State Historic Site, which includes its historic Powder Magazine structure, widely considered the oldest building in Illinois, is located only an hour from downtown St. Louis, at 1350 IL Route 155, 4 miles west of Prairie du Rocher, Illinois.  
The site is operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Natural Resources. IDNR protects the state’s historic resources, which contribute to education, culture and the economy. IDNR sites include ancient burial mounds, forts and buildings erected by settlers, and homes connected to famous Illinoisans. For more site information, call Fort de Chartres State Historic Site at 618-284-7230 or visit www.fortdechartres.us.  
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. More information about Les Amis du Fort de Chartres and its efforts sponsoring special events at Fort de Chartres, can be found at http://www.fortdechartres.us/les-amis-du-fort-de-chartres/ and at https://www.facebook.com/LesAmisduFortdeChartres/. 

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