The River Raisin National Battlefield Park, located in Monroe, Michigan, will be hosting an “Old French Noel” at the River Raisin National Battlefield Park on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Joyeux Noël et bonne année. Celebrate the holidays the Old French Way! Learn about French Christmas and New Year traditions. See and experience how they spent the holiday time during the early 1800’s. The children can learn about games that were played and make a craft to take home with them. Everyone can experience the “Yule Log” tradition, as well as other activities that took place during the Twelve Days of Christmas time, storytelling and light refreshments will be part of the festivities.
Please dress for the weather, some of our activities will take place outside. So bundle up and spend a Saturday steeped in tradition. Sponsored by LaCroix Company and the Friends of the River Raisin Battlefield. Please call the Battlefield at 734 243-7136 for additional information.
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.