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This weekend at River Raisin

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  • James Yaworsky
    For Release:May 18, 2012 Contact: Scott J. Bentley, Superintendent or Daniel D. Downing, Chief of Interpretation, Education & Operations Phone:
    Message 1 of 1 , May 18 7:15 AM
      For Release:May 18, 2012
      Contact: Scott J. Bentley, Superintendent or
      Daniel D. Downing, Chief of Interpretation, Education &
      Phone: (734)243-7136

      A "MAJOR" Weekend to Remember
      Saturday and Sunday
      May 19th and 20th
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      MONROE, Michigan.— River Raisin National Battlefield Park will

      commemorate the mustering of militia for the War of 1812 this weekend! The

      "War of 1812: A Nation Forged by War" exhibit developed by the National

      Museum of the United States Navy will debut in the Battlefield Visitor

      Center along with new period demonstration gardens outside that showcase

      native and French herbs, vegetables, and ornamental plants! "An incredible

      amount of work has gone into enhancing the Battlefield for this year's Open

      House. Because of the contributions of numerous very generous individuals,

      businesses, and organizations this weekend's events are going to be

      wonderful," said Superintendent Bentley.

      In addition to the new gardens and exhibit, the Battlefield is

      opening its new "Trading Post," which offers many items including the New

      Release of the National Park's Monopoly which includes River Raisin

      National Battlefield Park! "The items you will find in the "Trading Post"

      are unique to River Raisin Battlefield or National Park's," said

      Superintendent Bentley.

      Event activities include living history encampments, musket

      demonstrations, military drills, mini-militia's, 1812 games, and historical

      demonstrations of cooking, gardening, medicines, clothing, and much more!

      Major Muskrat will join the activities with appearances on Saturday at 11

      a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and then again on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.!

      "Hey Everyone, come on out and join the fun with me this weekendÂ… I

      forecast sunny a sunny day full of excitement on the grounds of the

      Battlefield!" said Major Muskrat.

      Authorized in 2009 and established in October of 2010 as America's

      Newest National Battlefield Park, River Raisin National Battlefield Park

      remembers, commemorates, preserves and interprets the January 1813 battles

      of the War of 1812 and their aftermath. Although American forces were

      victorious in the first battle, the second ended in the most disastrous

      defeat for the U.S. during the war; a devastating loss that included mass

      killing of the wounded. One of the most historically significant event to

      emerge from the battles was the cry, "Remember the Raisin!" which persuaded

      forces to fight successfully at the Battle of the Thames later that year.

      The American victory at the Battle of the Thames sealed the War of 1812 in

      the western theater for the Americans; however, it claimed the life of the

      great Shawnee leader Chief Tecumseh. -NPS-

      Scott J. Bentley
      River Raisin National Battlefield Park
      1403 East Elm Avenue
      Monroe, Michigan 48162

      Phone: 734-243-7136
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