On November 3, 1907, Eugène Tardieu, a journalist with the Echo de Paris alerts to the deteriorating state of the Petit Trianon, expressing a desolation shared by many French and foreign visitors. "
He recalled the efforts made by the French State since Louis-Philippe and noted the low contribution to Versailles in the State Fine ArtsBudget: "What the state can do incompletely, initiative private would have in other countries, already accomplished. "
A great movement of conscience triggers for the Safety of Versailles and the necessity of a Friends of Versailles organization becomes an evidence. Pierre de Nolhac, curator of the museum, offers his full support to the initiative. A founding committee is constituted. Alexandre Millerand and Raymond Poincaré, both future presidents of the republic, draft the Articles of Association. On December 19, 1907, the Société des Amis de Versailles was born and has since then grown and developed in France, with more than 6 000 members today, in the US and in Europe, through sister organizations.
Governed by the Act of 1901 on Associations, the Friends of Versailles, was state-approved as "reconnue d'utilité publique" on April 16, 1913.
The Friends of Versailles have developed their actions under the auspices of prestigious chairmen who worked with talent in its development, extending the remarkable action initiated by Pierre de Nolhac: