By Alexis Price
July 2. 2020
You read that right. The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site has started a new podcast. Six Degrees of Benjamin Harrison relays stories of our 23rd president and reveals connections—to topics like immigration, healthcare and voting rights—that you may not know existed. You’ll hear from history aficionados like Presidential Site CEO Charles Hyde and Federal Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll learn in our first few episodes:
When you walk through the museum, 75-80 percent of what you see—from artifacts to architecture choices—is original to the Harrison family.
Learn more about the cholera outbreak of 1892, how Harrison handled it, and what connections we can make to the COVID-19 pandemic today.
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Monroe’s great grandfather served in Harrison’s regiment during the Civil War. In several episodes of our podcast, you’ll find unusual connections like this. Listen closely, and let us know which links you find most interesting.
In the fifth episode, we talk to Federal Judge Sarah Evans Barker. She offers up some history of naturalization—including this interesting tid-bit. For nearly two decades now, the Presidential Site has partnered with the Federal Court to welcome America’s newest citizens as they take the oath of citizenship. Roughly 2,000 American citizens have been naturalized at the Presidential Site.
Five episodes are now available on our Soundcloud page. Be sure to give us a follow, and let us know you would like to see more by giving a “like” on your favorite episodes!
Since 1966, the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site has shared the legacy of 23rd U.S. President Benjamin Harrison with about 30,000 people annually. Through our #GivingTuesday campaign: we're raising funds to expand the opportunities for more children, youths and adults to experience this unique piece of American history. From daily tours and educational field trips to annual events and the Future Presidents of America leadership program, the Presidential Site has an experience for everyone. Show your support by Giving the Experience today!Donate
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