**Media Advisory** Sen. Zorn, River Raisin National Battlefield Park officials to detail new education center funding

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn and River Raisin National Battlefield Park officials will hold a press conference on Friday, Oct. 1 to outline state funding approved in the newly signed state budget for a new education center at the park.

Who:
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida;
Rep. Joe Bellino, R-Monroe;
Scott Bentley, superintendent of the River Raisin National Battlefield Park; and
Doug Chaffin, chairman of the River Raisin National Battlefield Park Foundation.

What:
A press conference to outline the River Raisin Great Lakes History and STEM Education Center that will be completed thanks to $2 million in funding included in the fiscal year 2022 state budget signed by the governor on Wednesday.

When:
Friday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m.

Where:
River Raisin National Battlefield Park Visitor Center
333 N. Dixie Highway
Monroe

Brief:
River Raisin National Battlefield Park preserves, commemorates and interprets the January 1813 battles of the War of 1812 and their aftermath in Monroe County. The second battle resulted in the greatest victory for Tecumseh’s American Indian confederation and the greatest defeat for the U.S. The resulting rally cry “Remember the Raisin” spurred support for the rest of the war.

Zorn has been working on securing funding for four years to build the education center, which has been designed in partnership with Michigan educators to engage students and use social and emotional learning to unpack the complex history that led to the War of 1812 in the Great Lakes, the formation of Michigan as a state, and the influence of the River Raisin battles on the formation and implementation of U.S. policy.

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