Monroe Area Events

200th Anniversary

Jan 19, 2013

THE BATTLE OF THE RIVER RAISIN

Celebrate the bicentennial of one of the most important battles of the War of 1812. View the schedule:

  • GENERAL WINCHESTER’S MARCH – Join costumed re-enactors as they march from the Sawyer House along General Winchester’s route to the Battlefield.  Free.  Saturday January 19, 10 am
  • ASSEMBLY AND FLAGRAISING – Reenactors and spectators gather to honor those who participated in the original Battle of the River Raisin. Saturday, January 19, 10:30am
  • 200th ANNIVERSARY BATTLE OF THE RIVER RAISIN TACTICAL DEMONSTRATIONS – Watch over 100 reenactors from the United States and Canada recreate a selection of actions, with period weapons and commentary from experts on the original battle. Troops will assemble south of the Monroe Multisports Complex and viewing will be available from the Complex parking lot. Free. Saturday, January 19, 11:15 am
  • DOCUMENTARY “MICHIGAN AT WAR” , a film about Michigan’s role in the War of 1812 will be followed by a talk by Dr. Jim McConnell, Michigan War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Free.  Saturday, January 19, noon at the River Raisin National Battlefield Park Visitor Center  
  • LECTURE PRESENTATION  “Widder’s Landing: a Kentucky Historical Novel” by Eddie Price, Hancock County Kentucky Historical Society. Free. Saturday, January 19, 1:00 pm at the River Raisin National Battlefield Park Visitor Center
  • WREATH LAYING CEREMONY AT KENTUCKY MONUMENT - Be a witness to the courage and sacrifice of Kentucky militia members who fought in the Battle of the River Raisin. Free Saturday January 19, 2:30 pm, at the Kentucky Monument in downtown Monroe
  • MONROE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM WAR OF 1812 LECTURE PRESENTATION – “Uncorking the Truth: Spirits of the 1812 Military” by Brian Leigh Dunnigan, William L. Clements Library. Free. Saturday January 19, 3:30 at the Monroe County Historical Museum
  • MONROE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM WAR OF 1812 LECTURE PRESENTATION – “The Northwest Campaigns of the War of 1812″ by Dr. Larry Lee Nelson, Retired Director of Fort Meigs. Free. Saturday January 19, 3:30 at the Monroe County Historical Museum
  •  “MUSICAL REMEMBRANCES OF THE WAR OF 1812” CONCERT – exploring the sights and sounds of the War of 1812 and commemorating 200 years of peace through music, poetry and dance.  Admission – adult $15 senior $12 and children under 10, $5 . Tickets are available at the Book Nook, the River Raisin National Battlefield Park, and online at the Evening News web store (www.monroenews.com/1812concert).  January 19, 3:30 pm and 7pm at Monroe County Community College
  • VETERAN’S SALUTE TO THE FALLEN -A ceremony recognizing veterans of past and current conflicts at the River Raisin National Battlefield. Free.  Sunday, January 20, noon at the River Raisin National Battlefield 
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Fife & Drum Performances

Jun 21, 2013

Fife & Drum Performances

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Fife and Drum Corps perform in a Twilight Tatoo, a special concert open to audiences of all ages in Downtown Monroe’s Loranger Square starting at 7pm. For more information, visit RRMuster on Facebook.com.

 

Fife and Drum Muster

Jun 22, 2013

Fife and Drum Muster

Fife and Drum Muster Day 2.  The Grand Parade begins at 11am – enjoy the music of Fife and Drum Corps from far and wide as musicians play and march along Monroe Street to Loranger Square. Muster performances by all of the groups will begin immediately following the parade and will continue through the rest of the day. An unforgettable event that will entertain the entire family!

Native American Pow-Wow

Jun 23, 2013

A Native American Pow-Wow will be held June 22 and 23 at Monroe County Community College. Doors open at 10 a.m., and grand entry is at noon each day.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children, free for children ages 6 and younger.

This event is sponsored by Turtle Island Dream Keepers Native American Organization. This is a drug- and alcohol-free event.

Additional details will be announced.

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Ernie LaPointe

Apr 26, 2020

A Special Event Related to the Historical Significance of Monroe – an appearance by Ernie LaPointe, great-grandson of Sitting Bull

The Monroe County Historical Museum, Friends of the Museum and the Monroe County Historical Society are pleased to announce an evening with Sitting Bull’s great-grandson, Ernie LaPointe, at the River Raisin Centre for the Arts on Thursday, April 26 beginning at 7 p.m. A reception will be held at the Monroe County Historical Museum from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome!

Mr. LaPointe will be speaking about Sitting Bull and the Lakota Culture and will answer questions at the end of his presentation. Copies of his book “Sitting Bull: His Life and Legacy” will be available for $20; his 2-part DVD “The Authorized Biography of Sitting Bull” also will be available for $25.
According to the Smithsonian Institute’s Repatriation Office, Ernie LaPointe and his three sisters are the only living relatives of Sitting Bull,
the legendary Native American chief. In 1992, Mr. LaPointe told his story and corrected common misperceptions concerning Sitting Bull’s direct blood descendants when he spoke at the induction of Sitting Bull into the Hall of Fame of American Indian Chiefs at Anadarko, Oklahoma. Since that time, he’s received numerous invitations from Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota, and the Little Bighorn Battlefield, Montana, to speak about his heritage. He’s also spoken at universities in Indiana (University of Notre Dame), Michigan, Ohio and Texas (Temple University). The Monroe Custer Celebration
Committee has hosted Mr. LaPointe on several occasions to speak about his great-grandfather. Mr. LaPointe lives the traditional way of the Lakota people dedicating his life to ensuring the continuance of their culture.
The event is free, although attendees will be invited to make donations to the River Raisin Centre for the Arts to help offset the cost of this presentation. The public is invited to the entire evening of events — the welcome reception at the Museum, the speech at the RRCA and the book/DVD signing immediately afterward.

1812 Re-enactor Training

Apr 29, 2020

Do you enjoy travel? Camping? Family fun? Cooking 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 a living history group  may be for you!

Relive history and preserve our heritage.  Be part of the War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations.

Join LaCroix’s Company of Michigan Volunteers of the 2nd Michigan Territorial Regiment.  An introduction and training for prospective reenactors hosted by Lacroix’s Company will be held from 2-4 p.m on Sunday, April 29 at the River Raisin National Battlefield Park Visitor Center. For more information visit www.riverraisin.org or contact Ralph Naveaux at ralphnaveaux@att.net or (734) 289-2253.


 

83rd Annual Scout-O-Rama, 1812 Theme

May 12, 2020

Scout-o-Rama hosts its annual boy scout camp out at the Monroe County Fair Grounds, this time with an 1812 theme!

Saturday, May 12 from 9am – 4pm at the Monroe County Fairgrounds

ALL BOYS AND GIRLS, YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OF ALL AGES are invited to a day full of activities organized by the Boy Scouts of America in Monroe County. The Boy Scouts aim to develop character and leadership skills of youth and teach them to employ the values of the Scout Oath and Law everyday throughout their lifetimes. This event is all about possibilities: the Boy Scouts want youth to be inspired to grow through diverse experiences, to explore occupations, develop skills, and become invested in the rich history of Monroe County by providing them with special opportunities like the Scout-o-rama.

Come see the Boy Scout encampment and interactive demonstrations plus exhibitors providing hands-on, international activities showcasing the history and adventure of 1812  and beyond. Be prepared to participate in 1812 reenactments, period cook-offs, fife and drum display, a kickoff parade, pinewood derby races (we provide the cars!), rain gutter regatta, Native American demonstrations, National Battlefield displays, and scout patch & memorabilia trade-o-ree, Sea Scouting drill and Fire Services Explorers relay. Also don’t miss our Touch a Truck event with Fire Trucks, Monster Trucks, Tractors and much, much, more! Come in period clothing. your Boy Scout uniform, or come as you are!

 

Annual Founders Day Celebration

May 13, 2020

Annual Founders Day Celebration

This free family event is scheduled in conjunction with Michigan Week, Michigan Month, the War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration. Activities and events that day will include Native American demonstrations; War of 1812 military and distaff exhibits; information tables from area historical, cemetery, archeological and genealogical organizations; and displays from Monroe County Historical Museum and Old Mill Museum.

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Battlefield Open House May 19

May 19, 2020

Battlefield Open House May 19

Join in the 1812 Bicentennial celebration. Enjoy the River Raisin Battlefield Open House and come celebrate the 200th anniversary of the mustering of Lacroix’s Company.

Experience a living history encampment set up by volunteers in period clothing. Witness demonstrations of military drills, open fire cooking, and early frontier skills.

Children are invited to participate in a mini-militia, games and a petting zoo. Battlefield walking tours, music, and a modern food vendor will be available on site.

The event will be held at the  River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center in Monroe, Michigan on May 19 and 20 from 10am until 4pm.

 

 

 

Battlefield Open House May 20

May 20, 2020

Join in the 1812 Bicentennial celebration. Enjoy the River Raisin Battlefield Open House and come celebrate the 200th anniversary of the mustering of Lacroix’s Company. Experience a living history encampment set up by volunteers in period clothing. Witness demonstrations of military drills, open fire cooking, and early frontier skills.

Children are invited to participate in a mini-militia, games and a petting zoo. Battlefield walking tours, music, and a modern food vendor will be available on site.

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The event will be held at the  River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center in Monroe, Michigan on May 19 and 20 from 10am until 4pm.