6:30 – 8:00 pm; Reception 6:00 pm

The Institute will partner with French Affaires for an insider’s tour of the magnificent seventeenth century castle and gardens that inspired the design of the great chateaux of Europe, including the Palace of Versailles. Vaux-le-Vicomte’s rich history began in 1641 when infamous Finance Minister Nicolas Fouquet bought the estate and enlisted architect Louis le Vau, decorator Charles le Brun, and garden designer Andre Le Notre to transform it into a lavish residence. His extravagance piqued Louis XIV’s jealousy, and he was thrown into prison for mishandling funds. Through the coordination of French Affaires Director Dr. Elizabeth New Seitz, Alexandre de Vogüé, son of the owners of Vaux-le-Vicomte, will present a virtual tour of “France’s best kept secret” and speak about A Day at Vaux-le-Vicomte, the beautiful volume co-authored by Alexandre and his brothers.