• Painting of Frenchtown settlement

    River Raisin

    National Battlefield Park Michigan

Things To Do


River Raisin RX Heart to Heart programs!

Join Mercy Memorial Hospital System and the River Raisin National Battlefield Park for engaging Heart to Heart discussions on nutrition, exercise, fitness and healthy life habits. Enjoy walking and talking about fitness and health questions you have with health care professionals on the River Raisin Heritage Trail.

Wed. Aug. 13th at 10 a.m. & Wed. Aug. 20th at 10 a.m.

"Health Walks" with Maura Barrett, Health Educator at the Monroe County Health Department, and Public Health Nurse, Heidi Webb, as well as a registered dietician. Starting at the pavilion behind the battlefield visitor center participants will have their blood sugar read before and after a guided walk and see the difference a little exercise can make.

Tue. Aug. 26th at 7 p.m.

River Raisin RX Heart to Heart with Mercy Memorial Hospital System Emergency Department Physician Dr. Zolnoor


Heart to Heart Child Challenge!

Tuesday August 5th, 10am-2pm

Join Mercy Memorial Hospital System, River Raisin National Battlefield Park and the Monroe Family YMCA for fun outdoor healthy living games, activities and learning opportunities. Games and Activities include Old Frenchtown Games (Highland, Tug of War, Cricket and the Game of Graces), Mini-militia station, Fur Trade station, Musket Firing demonstrations, and the new "Footprints in Habitat" Geocache and "Where it Happened" Geocache!

Also at 10 am River Raisin RX Heart to Heart with Mercy Memorial Hospital System Emergency Department Physician Dr. Rimanelli.

Heart to Heart Programs provided in part by the generous contributions of the National Park Foundation through Coca-Cola, the Coca-Cola Foundation, DISNEY and the Scrooby Foundation.

Weapon Demo Days!

River Raisin National Battlefield Park will be hosting Weapon Demo Days at the Park on Saturdays throughout the summer: July 26, August 16 & 30, September 13 & 27. Demonstrations will be at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.

Learn about Black Powder Cannons, Muskets and Rifles used during the War of 1812. See the steps involved in preparing to fire a cannon with a cannon crew and learn the drilling techniques to fire a musket.

Panoka Walker

Photo by Lana Emerson

Native-American Storytelling and Games!

River Raisin National Battlefield Park will be hosting Panoka Walker on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1 p.m. Join Panoka for traditional Native-American storytelling and games. Children will delight in the mesmerizing tales and games all the while learning about the traditional Native-American ways.

Panoka Walker is of mixed Anishinabe descent from the Deer Clan; her traditional name is Waa-bskaa Waa-waash-keshi, White Doe. Panoka strongly identifies with her Native-American roots as a traditional storyteller and song carrier, as well as crafts.
Stories, Songs and Dances of the Voyageur!

River Raisin National Battlefield Park will be hosting Genot Picor "Stories, Songs, and Dances of the Voyageur" on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1 pm at the Park.

Join Genot "Winter Elk" for a wonderful program, whether you wish to join in a story, sing along, hoot, holler or just tap your feet, all are welcome to this celebration of a piece of Michigan history. Genot has performed from Rockwood to Ironwood and from Ft. St. Joseph to Sault Ste. Marie. So bring your dancin' shoes, a smile and the whole family!

Genot is a storyteller, musician and dancer. In addition, he is a published free-lance journalist, public school teacher consultant and grant writer. Currently, Picor is a graduate student in Interpretive/Performance Studies at Eastern Michigan University, specializing in oral tradition, narrative studies and the anthropology of performance. Genot uses all his talents to bring an interactive frontier history alive to audiences of all ages, and has presented at numerous venues throughout Michigan from Ironwood to Rockwood, Niles to Sault Ste. Marie. In addition, he performed in New York, Ontario, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. He also studied voice and movement at the Stratford Festival Theater in Stratford, Ontario.

Did You Know?


The Battle of Frenchtown (Battle of the River Raisin in Monroe Michigan) was the largest battle fought on Michigan soil. This battle was a major defeat for the Americans and was one of the bloodiest engagements during the War of 1812. The massacre of some wounded solders the following day shocked and enraged Americans throughout the Old Northwest Territory. This incident soon became know as “The River Raisin Massacre” and the rallying cry was “Remember the Raisin”. More...