Give the Experience 2021: Interview with David Ziemba

By Ifeoma Akobi 

November 9. 2021Attorney and dad David Ziemba shares some of his most memorable experiences at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site and his expectations for the future.Q: It is a pleasure to feature you in our Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site Give the Experience fundraising campaign. Please tell us a bit about yourself.A: My name is David Ziemba and I have worked as an attorney in Indiana for nine years. I also have an avid interest in politics, and I have been involved in government in one way or the other for 35 years. Therefore, my career history includes working as a lobbyist for the American Iron and Steel Institute for two years and working with Senator Evan Bayh at the hill in Washington, D. C., for five years. I am also a native of Northwest Indiana and the father of an amazing seven (and a half!) year old son. I enjoy playing soccer and occasionally play golf. I have also played the clarinet since I was seven years old.Q: How did you get involved with the Presidential Site?A: When I moved back to Indiana after law school, I lived across the street from the Presidential Site, and my interest in history and government made me curious about the [Site]. Furthermore, I took an interest in several family events such as the Easter Egg Roll where my son, Cooper, won the first round. Since then, it has become a yearly family tradition to attend the Easter Egg Roll as well as the Fourth of July celebrations.Q: Tell us about your most significant experience at the Presidential Site.A: The yearly Easter Egg Rolls are my most memorable experiences so far because Cooper loves them and always tries to exceed his previous record. Additionally, I enjoy the American history events and the opportunities the Presidential Site puts together to engage and educate the community about the Harrison house and its importance to the state of Indiana and the USA.

Children gather on the lawn of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site for the 2021 Egg Roll.

Q: What future experiences do you look forward to at the Presidential Site?A: I am incredibly excited about the new entrance, the new walk way and how it transforms the way that the Site is used for children education and group activities in Indiana and Central Indianapolis. For instance, I would like them to know that Benjamin Harrison is the reason why we have flags in front of schools and at national parks, and other key aspects of U.S. history and his contributions to national life. During my last visit, I noticed that the third floor was being remodeled and I look forward to seeing how this space will be utilized. Q: What do you think about Give the Experience 2021?A: I am impressed and excited about the opportunity Give the Experience provides for us to support the unique experiences at the Presidential Site. I am very happy to support the campaign and encourage others — especially parents — to do the same!

This interview is part of our 2021 Giving Tuesday campaign. Kindly show your support for the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site and the many valuable experiences it offers by GIVING A GIFT TODAY. Make your contribution known on social media by tagging the Presidential or using #GiveTheExperience.

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