This weekend at River Raisin
- For Release:May 18, 2012
Contact: Scott J. Bentley, Superintendent or
Daniel D. Downing, Chief of Interpretation, Education &
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
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 weekend 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