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8 Halloween Costumes Inspired by Benjamin Harrison | October 11, 2019

Painting of Benjamin Harrison during his service in the civil war, adorned with union colors and his signature beard. He is gripping a sword and on horseback. Pictured in front of a beige background.

Whether you’re an adult looking for a costume with a historical edge, or stumped about an idea for your kiddo, we have you covered this Halloween.

 

Recapping Wicket World of Croquet 2019 | June 6, 2019

Photograph of people playing croquet on the lawn of the Presidential Site, all dressed in white on a warm sunny day.

Saturday, June 1, the Presidential Site hosted the 25th annual Wicket World of Croquet. More than 200 people came out to play croquet, sip drinks from Sun King Brewery and Hotel Tango, and support the more than 17,000 school children who come to the Presidential Site every year.

6 Bold, Unstoppable Women in Benjamin Harrison’s Life | May 13, 2018

Photo of Belva Lockwood, dressed darkly with small white frills at the neck. Her hair is loosely bunned and braided with a black hairpin. She intensely looks out of frame, to the right of the photographer.

We’re kicking off this week by highlighting six, iconic women connected to Benjamin Harrison.

Q&A with our 2018 Curatorial Fellow, Emily Hanawalt | January 19, 2019

Photograph of curator Emily Hannawalt, carefully framing a picture at a desk. On the desk lies a pile of frames, a hammer, screwdriver, pliers, and a stack of pictures.

Over the past five months, the Presidential Site’s 2018 Curatorial Fellow Emily Hanawalt has been developing our Presidential Humor exhibit. See what Hanawalt has to say about her curatorial journey and the creation of her upcoming exhibit.

Planning your 2019 social calendar | January 15, 2019

Image of an empty calendar showing the month of January.

Whether a new year means a new you, or you’re back at it with the same old tricks, the Presidential Site has an event for you. Check out our comprehensive guide to filling in your social calendar for the first half of 2019.

7 Gifts for Every Person in Your Life | December 13, 2018

This photograph features Benjamin Harrison merchandise, including a tote bag sporting an illustration of Benjamin Harrison's face, a plush of Benjamin Harrison's pet goat, Old Whiskers, and a children's book about Old Whisker's escape.

Maybe you live near the Presidential Site. Maybe you’re stopping by for “Twas the Night Before…” or a tour. Maybe you’re in rush to find something that doesn’t look like you picked it up from the gas station on your way to the Christmas party. Lucky for you, we have an awesome gift shop.

We have compiled a one-stop shopping list for every type of person in your life — from the traveler to the hobbyist.

From First Grade Teacher to President of the Volunteer Board | November 30, 2018

Photo of Martha Buehner, warmly smiling outdoors.

Martha Buehner taught first graders for 43 years. In her last 15 years as an educator, she would bring her students on a field trip to the Presidential Site. Martha quickly became well-acquainted with staff of the site, including VP of Education Roger Hardig. And after a few years of tours, Roger suggested she already knew the tour and the house better than most of staff and volunteers.

Teachers and Students Share Stories About the Presidential Site | November 19, 2018

Image of a young girl drawing in a classroom with other students in the background.

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site offers a wide variety of education initiatives, from in-classroom visits to on-site tours to programs like Future Presidents of America. Read a few first-hand accounts from teachers and students.

Q&A with our VP of Education, Roger Hardig | November 5, 2018

Photo of Roger Hardig teaching a group of school kids.

He has been involved with the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site for about 25 years. He started as a weekend docent when he attended the IUPUI School of Education. After a year working as an education assistant to the director and short period of time as a co-director, Roger Hardig became the VP of Education. See what he has to say about working with the Presidential Site and leading programs like Future Presidents of America and the In Pursuit of State Pride field trip.

The Grave Robbing of Benjamin Harrison’s Father | October 31, 2018

Photo of John and Elizabeth Harrison, dressed in dark formal wear, with their hands crossed over their laps.

John Scott Harrison, father of 23rd President Benjamin Harrison, passed away on May 25, 1878. Four days later, he was buried at this resting place near Augustus Devin, Benjamin’s 23-year-old nephew who had died about a week earlier. But during the burial, attendees noticed something a little off about Augustus’s grave. It had been robbed.

The (White) House of Horrors: And Other Presidential Ghost Stories | October 15, 2018

Graphic image of the white house circa 1890. Text reads: The White House of Horrors by James Trofatter, October 12, 13, 19, 20, 27, 28

This season, the Presidential Site hosts spirits of six presidents grappling with the same curse, a ghost who conspired to assassinate the 16th president, and the apparition of a first lady with some questions about her husband’s death.

The (White) House of Horrors: Who is Candlelight Theatre? | October 11, 2018

Candlelight Theatre logo. The image features a candelabra with an opera-style face mask leaning against its base. The words "Candlelight Theatre" stand strongly next to the candelabra in a serif font.

Candlelight Theatre, formerly known at Victorian Theatre by Candlelight, produces four plays in partnership with the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site every year. This season begins on October 12, the opening night of The (White) House of Horrors.

6 Reasons You Should Check Out Croquet Roquet | September 27, 2018

Croquet Roquet logo. The image features two croquet mallets crossed against each other with a red ball in the center, where they overlap. Below that is stylized text that reads, "Croquet Roquet, a benjamin harrison presidential site event."

Our annual Croquet Roquet is a week away, but it’s not too late to register! Need a little more convincing? We have six reasons why you should check out Croquet Roquet on Oct. 4.

Q&A with Indy Do Day Co-Chair Jenny Dexter | September 24, 2018

Photograph of volunteers at the Presidential Site for Indy Do Day. The photograph features seventeen volunteers, some holding brooms and other cleaning utensils. The group is posed in front of the welcome center, each wearing a gleeful smile.

From September 27 to 29, Indianapolis residents will have the opportunity to participate in the annual Indy Do Day.

This year, about 30,000 Indianapolis residents can get to know their neighbors and volunteer throughout the city — and it’s not too late to sign up for the fun.

 

“Independency of thought is the first requisite of the responsible citizen.” Benjamin Harrison

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