A Trip to Unify | Exhibit Grand Opening Reception

January 25, 2018

10,000 miles, 150 speeches, 30 days, 21 states & One Big Idea:

Discover the story of a President’s journey to unite the nation.

The exhibit will transport you back to 1891 when President Harrison gave nearly 150 speeches in 30 days from coast to coast, stretching from Washington D.C. to the California coast. Not only was it an enormous amount of travel, but it was a groundbreaking moment for the American presidency.

“Almost all the artifacts used in the exhibit are heartfelt gifts to Benjamin Harrison from the communities he visited on his 10,000 mile train trip—many representing the very best these burgeoning communities had to offer,” said Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site CEO, Charlie Hyde.

The exhibit is part of the New Century Curator Initiative, a compelling partnership between the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site and IUPUI’s Museum Studies program. This partnership offers an innovative opportunity for Museum Studies students to assist in developing an exhibit for the Presidential Site.

The 2017 Curatorial Fellow Allison Kraft shared, “This partnership was specifically designed to help graduate students like me launch our careers through collaborative training and hands-on experience with conservation, preservation and forward thinking exhibit design. I’m honored to have been selected, and am excited to partner so closely with Presidential Site Staff, and help share this remarkable story.”

Join us on Thursday, January 25th for the Grand Opening of this amazing new exhibit. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

Space is limited; reservations are recommended.

“An American citizen could not be a good citizen who did not have a hope in his heart.” ~ Benjamin Harrison

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