Tales of France: A History of the Great Chateaux

Explore the legends and lore of French chateaux in this illustrated lectures series featuring the photography of John Tschirch, who has spent several years researching, writing and traveling amongst these renowned landmarks. The French country house is considered the ultimate expression of the “art of living,” achieving a harmony of architecture, interiors, furnishings and gardens.  Each chateau captures a moment in French history and culture, preserving and illuminating the tales of the past.


This four part series includes:

Wednesday, August 16 - Chenonceaux: Chateau of the Ladies

Wednesday, August 23 - Fontainbleau: Gilded Hunting Lodge

Wednesday, August 30 - Vaux-le-Vicomte: Classical Splendor

Wednesday, September 13 - Malmaison: An Empress’s Paradise


The Lecturer

John Tschirch is an award winning architectural historian who has taught and lectured on the architectural and social evolution of English country houses and gardens. He attended the Attingham Summer School for the Study of the English Country House and Royal Collections Studies at Windsor Castle. John has lectured for Yale University’s Mellon Center seminar at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire and at the 2013 Summit on Country Houses in 2013 in London. He will be sharing his insights and his photography of English heritage sites during his lecture series for the Redwood Library and Athenaeum.


Tickets are $25 per lecture, or $75 for a series pass. Wine and cheese will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lecture 6:00 p.m.