River Raisin Battlefield was the site of the largest engagements of the War of 1812. Fought on the banks of the River Raisin here in Monroe Michigan formally know as Frenchtown.


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Setting The Stage
The War Of 1812

The Battles
at Frenchtown

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Lacroixs Company
1812 History

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Clothing of the Period

Artillery and Weapons
of the River Raisin Battle

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Visitors Center

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River Raisin Battlefield

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Participants

 

 

 

OPEN HOUSE 2014 May 17th

Scheduled Events:

 

10:00 Grounds open to the public
10:30 Opening Colours
11:00 Archaeology Field School
11:30 Black Powder Firing Demonstration
12:00 Food Tasting & Judging for French Menu Cook-off
1:00 Drill Mini - Militia
1:30 Black Powder Firing Demonstration
3:00 Drill & Mini - Militia
3:30 Black Powder Firing Demonstration
4:00 Closing Ceremony


 

THROUGHOUT THE DAY:

                CAMP LIFE AND MILITARY WEAPONS DISPLAY

                OPEN FIRE COOKING & PERIOD FOOD DISPLAY

                STORY TELLING

                HERBAL MEDICINE DISPLAY

                BATTLEFIELD VISITOR CENTER OPEN FOR EXHIBITS AND SALES OF SOUVENIR ITEMS

 

 

Saturday May May 17th
 

This event is Free &
Open to the Public!

 

 

 

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 Maple Sugar Day at Navarre Anderson Trading Post

 

Call the Museum for details.

 

Presented by
The Monroe County Historical Museum

 

 

 

 

Visitors to the trading post complex will visit a 1790s maple sugar camp. The ‘sugar bush’ was a late winter activity that occurred when the sap began to rise into the trees as early spring approached. Visitors can watch as living historians make maple syrup following 18th century methods. Syrup was first used by Native Americans who discovered the maple tree’s sap, when cooked, reduced to a sweet amber syrup. The hot syrup, when reaching this phase was often poured out onto fresh snow, which froze the syrup upon contact into a sugary candy. Further boiling of the syrup allows the sugar to solidify and be formed into cakes. Maple syrup has been enjoyed by both Native Americans and the European settlers for hundreds of years, just as we enjoy it today.

The Navarre Anderson Trading Post complex recreates a 1790s French homestead along the River Raisin. The main building, built in 1789, is one of the oldest wooden residence still standing in the state. Other buildings at the complex include an 1810 cookhouse and a replica 1790’s French-Canadian style barn.  

The Martha Barker Country Store will also be open during that time. This is the first time this year these buildings will be open to the public.

The complex is located 3775 North Custer Road in Monroe Michigan.  For additional information call (734) 240-7780.

 

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 Volunteers Wanted

Do you enjoy...  Travel? Camping? Family Fun? Cooling out of doors? Teaching others?
Marching in Parades? Discovering how things were done in the past?
Exploring historic sites? Experimenting with ancient weaponry?
The camaraderie of shared interests?
......... then our living history group is for you!!!

Join Lacroix's Company of Michigan Volunteers of the 2nd Michigan
Territorial Regiment

Contact ralphnaveaux@att.net or call 734.289.2253

 Attend one of our training workshops scheduled for 2pm, Sunday March 25 & April 29, 2012
at the River Raisin National Battlefield Park Visitors Center
1403 East Elm Ave Monroe, Michigan 48162

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202st ANNIVERSARY, BATTLE of RIVER RAISIN

SATURDAY, JANUARY  2015

Tentative SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

8:30-10:00 am            Participant check-in at Monroe Multisports Complex  ice arena

10:30-11:30                Tactical Demonstration

11:30-12:30                Ceremonies at River Raisin National Battlefield Park Visitor Center
1:00-2:00                    Speaker: “Students of War” by James Cousins
                                  
River Raisin National Battlefield Park Visitor Center
                                   1403 E. Elm Avenue, Monroe, MI 48162

1:00 - 2:30 pm            Complimentary luncheon for re-enactors

2:30 - 3:30                  Public talk by Gerry Wykes at the Monroe County Historical Museum

 

The Monroe Multisports Complex is located at 333 N Dixie Hwy, Monroe · (734) 242-1300

The Battlefield Visitor Center is located at 1403 E. Elm Avenue (734)243-7136

 

 

202st Anniversary Commemoration

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Battles Of The River Raisin

January 2015

Join the many participants from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Canada, along with Native Americans and residents of Monroe Michigan as we remember this bloody battle and massacre that took place on January 22nd and 23rd, 1813.

The commemoration is held on the very ground along the River Raisin where hundreds of lives were lost in a struggle for freedom and sovereignty during the early years of the United States.

 

 

 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY, 2015

 

8:30-10:00 am            Participant check-in at Monroe Multisports Complex  ice arena

10:30-11:30                Tactical Demonstration

11:30-12:30                Ceremonies at River Raisin National Battlefield Park Visitor Center

1:00 - 2:30 pm            Complimentary luncheon for re-enactors

2:30 - 3:30                   Public talk by Gerry Wykes at the Monroe County Historical Museum

The Monroe Multisports Complex is located at 333 N Dixie Hwy, Monroe · (734) 242-1300

The Battlefield Visitor Center is located at 1403 E. Elm Avenue (734)243-7136     

 

Please be aware no Black Powder is allowed inside the Building at the National Park Visitor Center

All participants will be required to complete a Volunteer in the Park (VIP) form  

 

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In June, visit an 1810 Militia Muster at the

 

Navarre Anderson Trading Post

 

Watch as the local Militia Practice Military Maneuvers & Drills

Tour the complex's Historic Buildings

Experience Life in the early 19th Century

Learn about the Militia from a local Militiaman & Tour the Militia Camp

   

 

 

 

 

 

For additional information, please contact the

Monroe County Historical Museum at (734) 241-7110

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The Annual

River Raisin International Fife & Drum Muster

June 2014

Monroe, Michigan

This will be a site to behold in Historic Downtown Monroe!

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Photograph:Native Americans traded furs for supplies at places called trading posts.Fur Trade Day

Navarre-Anderson Trading Post

Held annually in May

Experience the 1790's fur trade in person;

Listen in as preparations are made for a fur trade expedition

Visit with Native Americans as they come to trade

Help scrape deerskins

Find out if you have what it takes to be a voyageur

Enjoy the aroma of food cooked over a open woodfire

Watch a musket firing demonstration

Navarre-Anderson Trading Post
3775 North Custer Rd
Monroe MI 48162

At the North East Corner
of Raisinville Road

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