2019 Fleur-de-Lis Celebration Dinner

Save the date! The 2019 Fleur-de-Lis Celebration Dinner will  be September 27, 2019 at the Kankakee Country Club. Details to follow.

Fleur-de-Lis Award nominations

Nominations will be accepted June 1 through August 15, 2019 for the annual Fleur-de-Lis Award, to honor a volunteer's outstanding contribution to local history.  Use the form below or complete and mail a printable nomination form.

News and events

2018 Fleur-de-Lis Award recipient announced

Jori Walters, Chair of Perry Farm Living History Advisory Committee, presented the award to Norma Meier, Kankakee French Heritage Museum volunteer and genealogist, at the 2nd annual Fleur-de-Lis Dinner on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at the Kankakee Country Club.


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Special events

Esteemed guests, Honorable Jean-Francois Hould, Delegate of the Government of Quebec to the Midwest, and Honorable Frederic Chole, French Deputy Council General, join presenter and recipient in this photo.

BGHS is grateful for Norma Meier's valuable contribution to preserving our area's French-Canadian, French and Belgian history!

2018 Year in review

There is much to be proud of as we take stock of our accomplishments in 2018:

  • Initiation of a thorough museum artifact inventory
  • 155 BGHS members
  • 86 attendees at the 2nd annual Fleur-de-Lis Celebration Dinner
  • Creation of the community-wide Log Schoolhouse Restoration Steering Committee
  • $23,000 raised in donations and pledges to date for the log schoolhouse restoration
  • Adoption of 17 out of 19 individual gardens on the Adrien M. Richard Heritage Preserve, including adoption by master gardeners on August 13th  of Les Jardin aux Potages (Kitchen Garden)
  • Monthly articles in The Herald as continuation of Le Journal du Village
  • Initiation of online membership dues payment and donations
  • Recognition of Letourneau Home/Museum's Kankakee County 2012 historic landmark status with placement of bronze plaque on the building's front exterior
  • Election of BBCHS student as BGHS recording secretary