June 2017 
L'Hesperian Monthly

Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion
June 2017 Newsletter

Summer is on its way and so is a busy season for the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion!  Not only are we completely booked for the summer, but we have Bastille day coming up, fundraisers, and plans for the Fall. This summer is sure to be the best ever for the DeMenil! If you want to get involved with planning and helping us keep up our fabulous events, please get in contact with us and share your ideas! 

Happy Pride to all of our LGBTQIA+ friends! 

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride month, and we here at the Chatillon-DeMenil would like to take a moment to celebrate our LGBTQIA+ couples that have been married here! Thank you for celebrating your special day here and we hope to have many more! 
Our very own Sales & Marketing Manager, Curtis Galloway, is very involved in the LGBTQIA+ community and has done a lot of advocacy and lobbying when he lived in Illinois. Now that he is working here, he has continued his advocacy in Missouri and strives to ensure that the Chatillon-DeMenil is welcoming and accepting of everyone no matter race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or any other characteristic. 

Happy Pride! 

Bastille Day, Sunday, July 9th, 2017

The Chatillon-DeMenil's biggest event of the year, Bastille Day, is coming up on July 9th! Bastille Day is a French National Holiday commemorating the raiding of the Bastille and a turning point in the French Revolution. This year, the DeMenil's festivities will take place on Sunday, July 9th. We will have more information at a later date, but all the favorites, dancing, eating, and beheading, will all be present again this year!
Instead of grilling this year, we will be having the STL French Quarter Food Truck! Check them out here!

Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion in 1936

History Corner

The property of the DeMenil was part of a five-acre tract purchased by Odile Delor Lux, a granddaughter of Clement Delor de Treget, the founder of Carondelet, Missouri. The property originally was part of the St. Louis common fields. In 1848, Lux married Henry Chatillon, who had become somewhat famous as the leader of the expedition of Francis Parkman in The Oregon Trail. By 1849, a house stood on the property owned by Chatillon. The early house was a simple, two-story brick farmhouse with four rooms and a one-slope roof.

Regardless of Chatillon's renown, parcels of the tract were sold in 1850, and the remainder of the property (including the farmhouse) was sold in 1855. The purchaser was Nicolas DeMenil, a French physician who in October 1836 married Emilie Sophie Chouteau, the descendent of both of the founders of St. Louis. DeMenil and his wife initially purchased the house in 1856 with another family. By the beginning of the Civil War, they decided to reside in it year-round and bought out the interest of the other family. The DeMenils hired Henry Pitcher, a carpenter, and contractor, to remodel and expand it in the Greek Revival Style


Become a supporting member today! 

The Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion could not do what we do if it wasn't for our gracious donors. As a non-profit, we rely on our donors and our rentals to keep the doors open and continue to educate our visitors on the vast history within our walls and of St. Louis. 
Please, consider becoming a member. Each member receives a discount in our gift shop, free historical tours of the mansion, and is invited to our annual Members Holiday Party each year. Along with that, donations are tax deductible! 

Want to Volunteer?

We also owe great thanks to our volunteers here at the mansion. Without our volunteers, we would struggle to keep our events running smoothly. 
We are always looking for volunteers to help around the mansion or help run events. With a small staff and a large amount of events held here, we need your help. All volunteers become members of the Mansion and thus receive invites to our events, free tours, and 10% off of gift shop items! Sign up today! 


Along with volunteers, we are always in need of historical reenactors! If you or someone you know does historical reenactments, please contact us, as we would love to work with you! 
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