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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2015
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site Announces New Vice President of Development
(Indianapolis, IN) – The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site announced today that the organization has selected Ashleigh Graves-Roesler as its Vice President of Development. She previously served as the Director of Advancement for Herron High School.
"We are thrilled Ashleigh is joining our team at Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site," said Charles Hyde, President & CEO. "She brings to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site extensive experience in individual fundraising, corporate partnerships and grant writing which will be a valuable asset as we work toward being the most innovative, the most impactful, and the most civically-engaged presidential site in the United States."
"It's an honor to join the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site," says Graves-Roesler. "I feel privileged to help communicate our Hoosier President's legacy. The Presidential Site is carving out an identity as a force for civic engagement in Indianapolis – I'm so excited to share that vision with our community."
Graves-Roesler holds an MA in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and a BA in English from Asbury University. She is active on leadership committees with community organizations including Giving Sum, Christ Church Cathedral, Broad Ripple Village Association, and IndyHub's The Exchange. She also is a Leadership Indianapolis alumnae and serves on the organization's Get On Board committee.
About the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is dedicated to maintaining, preserving and sharing the Site as a museum and memorial to our nation's 23rd president – the only U.S. President elected from the State of Indiana. The mission of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is to increase public understanding of, appreciation for, and participation in the American system of self-government through life stories, arts and culture of an American President.
There are currently no job openings available at this time.
The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site seeks an unpaid Special Events and Social Media Intern to assist with event planning and outreach efforts. This is an outstanding opportunity for an individual interested in learning more about event planning, as well as non-profit outreach and fundraising. The internship offers exciting hands-on experience and the opportunity to gain new skills.
Work with Special Events Coordinator to plan and execute events
Develop sponsor prospect lists and levels of sponsorship for upcoming events
Assist in writing outreach letters to secure silent auction donations and sponsorships for 2017-2018 events
Draft content for special events pages on BHPS website and social media
Create articles and other features for e-Newsletter
Assist Vice-President of Development in database/data entry or other tasks, as needed
High school diploma with some course work completed at a 4-year college or university
Self-motivated, good organizational and interpersonal skills, detail oriented, ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines
Professional demeanor with ability to communicate in a professional manner
Working knowledge of social media platforms, Microsoft Word and Excel
Previous internship or related experience in fundraising/event planning is a plus
Must have strong interest for event planning, social media and enthusiasm for the mission of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Equal Opportunity Employer
The mission of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is to share the life stories, arts and culture of an American President to increase public participation in the American system of self-government.
Our vision is the renewal and reinvigoration of the mutual covenant between those who govern and those who are governed, which is at the heart of the American experiment in self-government.
The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is a not for profit, tax-exempt organization, whose purpose is to maintain and preserve the Harrison home, collections and grounds as a museum and memorial to the only President of the United States elected from the State of Indiana. Open to the public as an educational and historical service, the Site seeks to promote patriotism and citizenship through appropriate educational activities and by artfully exhibiting the Victorian time period as Harrison and his family might have experienced it.
The mission of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is to increase public understanding of, appreciation for, and participation in the American system of self-government through life stories, arts and culture of an American President.
The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to maintaining and preserving the Site as a museum and memorial to the only U.S. President elected from the State of Indiana. Open to the public as an educational and historical service, the Site seeks to promote patriotism and citizenship through appropriate educational activities and by artfully exhibiting the Victorian time period as Harrison and his family might have experienced it. We are proud to be designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Benjamin and Caroline Harrison built the home in 1874-1875. Harrison lived in the home until he died in 1901, except for his U.S. Senate and presidential years. His family continued to live in the home until 1913. His second wife, Mary Lord Harrison, made the home a rental property until 1937, when she sold it to the Jordan Conservatory of Music with the understanding that the home and its artifacts would be forever preserved. The school used the home as a dormitory while maintaining certain rooms as presidential museum space. In 1966, a not-for-profit operating foundation was established to run home as a historic site open to the public. From the 1950s until 1974, tours were by appointment only. After a 1974 renovation, the entire home was opened for regular daily tours.
In 2001, the Presidential Site embarked upon an extensive Carriage House reconstruction project and the installation of an elevator and elevette that for the first time allowed full museum access to all visitors, including those with disabilities. In 2003, the museum earned accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. In 2006, the museum was awarded a "Save America's Treasures" matching grant from the National Park Service for site recovery and repair. In 2013, the Presidential Site initiated a successful multi-year Bicentennial grant partnership with the Indiana Statehouse and State Library, enabling Marion and Delaware County 4th grade schoolchildren to visit all three historically significant locations at no cost to the school for admission or transportation.
In 2014, non-profit veteran Charlie Hyde joined the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site as its new president & CEO. Under his leadership the organization has set itself a charge to become "the most innovative, impactful and civically-engaged presidential site in the United States within the next 5 years" and is developing an ambitious 5-year strategic plan for 2016-2020.