Outside of Notre Dame with Spire before the fire.

$35 USD per device. This program is 60 mins, including time to ask questions and exchange ideas. Suitable for all ages, no background required.

  • Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 10:00 am ET
  • Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 10:00 am ET

We often think of Notre Dame and its glorious past, but in this program we’ll start with today. What caused the devastating fire on April 15, 2019 that nearly made 850 years of history go up in smoke? As the world held its breath, firefighters bravely fought the flames and very nearly did not save the building. Some 24 hours later, the world dropped its collective jaw at the staggering amount of money raised to bring Notre Dame back, kindling a fresh debate on the value of symbols and cultural heritage.

You will:

  • Learn more about what started the fire on April 15, 2019.
  • See how firefighters and other workers managed to save key parts of the 850-year-old cathedral.
  • Hear about the efforts to rebuild, and how millions were raised overnight.
  • Understand why the fire sparked an international outcry.

Your educator Inge Laino, is a New Yorker-turned Parisian with more than 15 years of experience leading educational programs in the neighborhoods of Paris and museums and monuments of France. She is the former director of Paris Muse, and author/creator of its interactive Notre-Dame tours for both adults and families. When she isn’t leading tours in person at the Louvre or Cluny, she works as a French-English translator for Parisian museums. She most recently translated for a Notre-Dame exhibition about its 19th-century restoration and Victor Hugo’s role in saving historic monuments.

You can also sign up for our series Notre Dame Then & Now.

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Image: © Jane Han, 2014

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