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news release: Women's HIstory Day & Tea - River Raisin

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  • James Yaworsky
    Department of the Interior, National Park Service, River Raisin National Battlefield Park For Release: Immediately Contact: Scott J. Bentley,
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      Department of the Interior, National Park Service, River Raisin National Battlefield Park

      For Release: Immediately

      Contact: Scott J. Bentley, Superintendent or Daniel D. Downing, Chief of Interpretation, Education & Operations

      Contact: 1403 E. Elm Ave., Monroe, Mi. 48162 (734) 243-7136 www.nps.gov/rira


      Women's History Day & Tea

      MONROE, Michigan.— Superintendent Scott J. Bentley announced today that River Raisin National Battlefield Park will be hosting a Women's History Day & Tea at the River Raisin National Battlefield Park on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 12pm-4pm. There is no fee for the event and no reservations are required.

      It's Tea Time! Journey back in time 200 years to Frenchtown, relax and enjoy an elegant sit down tea all the while immersing yourself in the culture of the French inhabitants.

      Featuring Guest Speakers:

      12:00: Mary Ellen Van Wasshenova, Educator, co-author of "Women on the Raisin"

      Book signing and talk about the brave women of Frenchtown that stood fast and survived the

      War of 1812.



      Monroe County Community Players recreate scenes from Frenchtown



      2:00: Cheri Maitland, Horticulturist, Master Gardener, Educator

      Presents the history of the Native Herbs & Plants of the Frenchtown area, their uses and

      importance to the local inhabitants and Native Americans.



      OLD WORLD CRAFT DEMONSTRATIONS: 12:00-4:00pm

      French Lace and Bobbin Lace Making & Tatting; Weaving; Quilting; Knitting

      Find out what a French "Chatellaine" is with Joan Pashaian, River Raisin beading professional,

      as she demonstrates the craft and its usefulness.


      INTRODUCING: THE RIVER RAISIN & MAJOR MUSKRAT TEA BLENDS

      Sara Christianson, Herbalogist, presents teas made from native herbs grown in the Visitor Center

      gardens and native to southeast Michigan Territory,1812



      Gayle Simmons, Nationally known Clothier of 1795-1812 clothing, will have a display on

      women's period clothing


      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-

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      Shawna Mazur
      Ranger
      River Raisin National Battlefield Park
      1403 E. Elm Ave.
      Monroe, MI. 48162
      (734) 243-7136
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