Plans for Friday Battleground Press Event and Re-enactment Announced
St. Bernard, La. (January 8, 2014) – The Meraux Foundation announced today that it has entered into a charitable lease with the Louisiana Living History Foundation, which will pay $1 per year for a 25 acre stretch of land near the Chalmette National Battlefield. The land, unveiled as the Meraux Foundation Living History Commemorative Park, will host the yearly re-enactments of the Battle of New Orleans and serve as a multi-purpose civic resource for the people of St. Bernard Parish.
“St. Bernard has a rich history, and we want to share it with the world,” said Rita Gue, president of the Meraux Foundation. “In addition to honoring history, we see this as an economic development engine. The battlegrounds will compliment our other tourism assets, create jobs, and attract tourist dollars to the Parish.”
Many improvements to the land, planned by LLH’s historians, will transport visitors back in time to January 1815.
The park will serve as a permanent site for the re-enactment of the Battle of New Orleans. To kick off a year’s worth of events, LLH will celebrate the 199th Anniversary with a night battle onFriday, January 10.
- Press Conference 3:30 PM (Media Only)
- Night Battle Re-enactment 6:30-8:00 PM (Open to General Public and Press)
The public is invited at 6:30 p.m. to attend a re-enactment of the Night Battle this Friday night, and catch a small glimpse of next year’s massive affair of historical re-enactment. Parking is available at the St. Bernard Parish Government Center, and Parish buses will shuttle visitors to the property.
Earlier that day, memers of the media are invited to attend a 3:30 p.m. press conference.
“We are so grateful to the Meraux Foundation for donating this land to honor and preserve the history of St. Bernard and the United States,” said LLH President Tim Pickles. “We worked with the Meraux Foundation to design a space that celebrates the past and serves the public for a variety of other uses connected with the history of the region, and its population, charity, historical, educational and cultural events will be our main focus.”
The park will feature an historically accurate, scaled reconstruction of the original Battlefield from the British lines to the American Lines. More than 1,000 historians and re-enactors are expected to come to Chalmette for next year’s event from as far as Canada, Great Britain, and across North America.
The battlegrounds will host visitors throughout the year, spreading the story of the Battle of New Orleans and its key role in the history of the United States.
“The Meraux Foundation Living History Commemorative Park is yet another major accomplishment for St. Bernard Parish,” said Parish President Dave Peralta. “The new park will enrich our tourism offerings. And when tourists visit St. Bernard, the dollars they bring flow throughout the community. Visitors to the park will also enjoy our great restaurants, shop in our local stores, and visit our other historic attractions.”
The Meraux Foundation Living History Commemorative Park is located near the Woodlands Subdivision at the intersection of the Guerenger Canal and Particia Street in St. Bernard Parish, La.
About the Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation
The Meraux Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established by Arlene Meraux to benefit the St. Bernard community as a whole by relying upon its landholdings in the parish and surrounding areas. As a private family foundation, it has developed a dynamic strategy that ensures that the development of the Foundation’s vast land holdings will make lasting, long-term improvements to various aspects of the community – including education, culture and recreation, quality of life, property values, historic preservation, and water management.