The River Raisin National Battlefield Park Foundation and the National Park Service Partnership
River Raisin National Battlefield Park Foundation builds enduring relationships through world class experiences
that share the untold stories of the battles over the River Raisin, inspiring conversation, understanding, and respect.
The Foundation’s broad mission, in partnership with the National Park Service, includes work in land acquisition, preservation, battlefield rehabilitation, coordinated community visioning, planning and development of the River Raisin Heritage Corridor, as well as creative educational activities to enhance interpretation of the battles of the River Raisin and their aftermath.
The Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of local and nationally recognized leaders in the fields of history, historic preservation, higher education, geotourism, planning, finance and fundraising. Board members are committed to preserving and enhancing the River Raisin Battlefield for future generations and creating a unique, exciting, meaningful and educational visitor experience.
The Foundation is also dedicated to working in partnership with Canada, Great Britain, and Native American organizations to ensure that all dimensions of this international conflict are explored, represented and understood.
The Foundation was organized in the fall of 2012 through the collaborative efforts of Congressman John D. Dingell, Dean of the United States House of Representatives, the National Park Service, Monroe County Historical Society, City of Monroe, County of Monroe, Port of Monroe, Monroe County Community College, Eastern Michigan University, Monroe Bank and Trust, La-Z-Boy, DTE Energy and Mercy Memorial Hospital System. The Foundation was formally incorporated as a Michigan non-profit on April 25th, 2013.
The River Raisin National Battlefield Park Foundation: Goals and Guiding Principles
- Return the River Raisin Battlefield, to the extent possible, to the conditions that existed at the time of the Battles so that visitors may better understand life on the River Raisin, on the Great Lakes and on the Michigan frontier
- Preserve the River Raisin Battlefield and artifacts for future generations
- Preserve, protect and acquire key parcels of land related to the Battles of the River Raisin
- Preserve, protect and acquire key artifacts and documents related to the Battles of the River Raisin and thereby help to ensure a tangible link between visitors and the soldiers and civilians who struggled in the harsh winter conditions of January 1813
- Build and maintain a world-class River Raisin Battlefield Museum and Visitor Center to support the orientation, comfort, engagement and education of visitors from around the globe
- Present educational exhibits, programs, services and activities (on- and off-site) that enhance visitors’ understanding of the causes of the War of 1812, the significance of the Great Lakes engagements and the consequences of the War of 1812 in an effort to excite and inspire all generations interested in American history
- To ensure that visitors have the most meaningful and expansive experience possible, the Foundation will develop, support, provide and collaborate on exhibits, programs, activities, marketing, trails and partnerships that promote the history of Monroe, as well as visitation to downtown Monroe and area attractions
- Enlighten and encourage people of all ages to understand and support the importance of preserving and interpreting America’s historic sites and their collections
- Provide and promote public involvement in the RRNBP Foundation through an attractive membership program and fun-filled membership activities geared to family and student engagement
- The RRNBP Foundation will inspire people to recognize the historical significance of the War of 1812 and the importance of preserving, enhancing, honoring and protecting the natural and cultural resources associated with one of America’s most important places.
- Exhibits, programs and activities will be designed to appeal to the broadest possible audience in terms of age, learning styles, objectives and physical abilities. Exhibits, programs and activities will meet the highest standards for historic preservation, conservation and curatorial care of the collections, and will be designed and developed with maintenance requirements in mind. The visitor experience at the battlefield will take full advantage of evolving scholarship, technology and learning techniques.
- The RRNBP Foundation will excite and inspire visitors by making the human connection, personal and emotional, to what happened at Frenchtown (present day Monroe, Michigan). Recognizing that this may be the only visit to a War of 1812 site for many, the Foundation will use the River Raisin Battlefield experience as a lens through which the broader issues of the era can be seen and understood.
- Through its exhibits, programs and activities, the River Raisin National Battlefield Park Foundation will encourage visitors to experience everything that Monroe has to offer….including, but not limited to, the River Raisin Heritage Trail, Sterling State Park and the Lake Erie shoreline, the Ford Marsh and sister units of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, downtown Monroe, the Monroe County Historical Museum and much more.
Major Partners and Honorary Directors
National Park Service
United States Congressman John D. Dingell
Honorable Mary Bomar, 17th Director of the National Park Service (2006-2009)
City of Monroe
County of Monroe
Port of Monroe
Monroe County Historical Society
Monroe County Community College
The Foundation at Monroe County Community College
Friends of the River Raisin Battlefield
Easter Michigan University
Monroe Bank and Trust
Mercy Memorial Hospital System
…And the list is growing!