FHS, born as Friends of Vieilles Maisons Françaises, based in New York and with an office in Paris, is an American non-profit (501c-3) cultural organization with 13 chapters across the United States and one in France. FHS gives financial support to projects, both public and private, for the preservation of historic monuments which constitute the national heritage of both countries.
Since its foundation in 1982, it has contibuted founding to more than 500 restoration projects. On both sides of the Atlantic, FHS supports all those who work to perpetuate the knowledge and understanding of restoration and the safeguard of our shared heritage. As a part of this effort, FHS organizes tours and exchanges of students and craftsmen.
Elizabeth Stribling, Chair, and Denis de Kergolay, President, lead the FHS, and also represent in the United States the Vieilles Maisons Francaises , the Demeure Historique and the Comité des Parcs et Jardins de France.
On December 1, 2010, the French Minister of Culture and Communication, Frederic Mitterrand, honored FHS with the French government’s Grand Mécène (Great Benefactor) medal.