The American Friends of the Château de Compiägne

New York

AFCDC is a not-for-profit organization, chartered in North Carolina, whose purpose is to promote an appreciation of French history and culture through the study of, and support for, the Château de Compiägne, France. The Chateau is one of the most famous and culturally important landmarks in France. AFCDC was founded by the same person (Michelle LeChatelier) who initiated the establishment of Compiägne as a Raleigh Sister City. The Sister Cities Association’s mission is “promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation—one individual, one community at a time.”

The AFCDC has been providing support for the Château for several years and has taken ownership of restoring the Ladies-in-Waiting room at the Château de Compiägne.

FUN FACTS:

  • Compiägne is less than an hour northeast of Paris at the edge of France’s most beautiful national forest.
  • Compiägne’s history includes the site of the capture of Joan of Arc and the signing of the Armistice that ended WWI in 1918
  • Compiägne was one of three seats of royal government, the others being Versailles and Fontainebleau.
  • The NCSU Bell Tower was built as a memorial to the 35 members of the NCSU community who lost their lives in France during WWI.
  • There is a Compiägne Park in Raleigh and a Raleigh Roundabout in Compiägne.
  • Since 1968, Compiägne has been the start city of the famous Paris-Roubaix bicycle race.
  • Compiägne is also home to the University of Technology of Compiegne (UTC)