The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site has a variety of engaging programs for school-aged students, including options onsite, at your school, and online. School programs are designed by our Education department to meet state standards. Programs connect the history of the Harrison family to the greater American story, tracing how generations of Harrisons are linked to parts of U.S. History such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the opening of Ellis Island, and the adoption of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Additional programming includes Future Presidents of America, an annual summer leadership seminar for students aged 13-16, and Project POTUS, a national presidential history video contest for middle school students.
Campaigning for the U.S. presidency once was an activity of subtlety and craft. Victorians participated in the political process in greater numbers than today. Why is civic participation still crucial to our political system? Students use Victorian techniques to support their favorite issues.
4th grade 4.H.6* | 4.H.7 | 4.H.9 | 4.C.5 | 4.C.6 | 4.E.7*
5th grade 5..C.4 | 5.C.5* | 5.C.6 | 5.C.7 | 5.C.8
William Henry Harrison, grandfather of Benjamin Harrison, was the first Governor of the Indiana Territory during its early settlement. Using a colorful floor map, students learn how the pioneer settlers chose properties for businesses, schools and homes. The role playing aspect of this program makes it popular among students and teachers.
3rd grade 3.H.1* | 3.H.2 | 3.H.4* | 3.H.6 | 3.C.1* | 3.G.1 | 3.G.3* | 3.G.4* | 3.G.7 | 3.G.8 | 3.E.1 | 3.E.2* | 3.E.3 | 3.E.4 | 3.E.6* | 3.E.8
4th grade 4.H.2* | 4.H.3* | 4.H.4 | 4.H.13 | 4.G.1 | 4.G.6 | 4.G.7 | 4.E.1 | 4.E.3 | 4.E.4 | 4.E.6
Since Benjamin Harrison was the first president to celebrate the holidays by decorating a tree in the White House, it is fitting that students see the home’s Victorian seasonal decorations. Harrison used wooden soldiers on his tree to honor those who served with him in the Civil War; each student makes a similar ornament. This program is offered only during the month of December.
1st grade 1.H.1 | 1.H.3 | 1.E.1* | 1.E.3
2nd grade 2.H.2 | 2.H.3 | 2.H.4 | 2.C.4 | 2.E.1* | 2.E.3*
Benjamin Harrison V, great-grandfather of Benjamin Harrison, was one of the signers of The Declaration of Independence. Students take a leap backward to 1776, become colonists, and sign The Declaration of Independence with quill pens, which they take home as reminders of their visit to the Presidential Site.
5th grade 5.H.7* | 5.H.8 | 5.H.9 | 5.H.10* | 5.H.11* | 5.H.13 | 5.C.3*
Ellis Island (1892-1954) was opened during the presidency of Benjamin Harrison. Over 12 million immigrants came through Ellis Island, changing and enriching the American experience forever. Students learn and experience what it meant to be “processed” as an immigrant coming to the land of hope and freedom.
3rd grade 3.H.7* | 3.H.8* | 3.C.2 | 3.G.1 | 3.E.6*
4th grade 4.H.7 | 4.H.9 | 4.H.10 | 4.H.13 | 4.G.8 | 4.G.9
The Pledge of Allegiance was written during Benjamin Harrison’s presidency in 1892, but what is a pledge and what makes this one so special? Students learn that a promise is more than a set of words; it is an intention to do something and a plan for the future. They also learn about the American flag as a symbol.
1st grade 1.H.2 | 1.H.3 | 1.H.4* | 1.C.1* | 1.C.2 | 1.C.3 | 1.C.4* | 1.C.5
2nd grade 2.H.3 | 2.H.4 | 2.C.1* | 2.C.2* | 2.C.3 | 2.C.4 | 2.C.5.
Nothing can replace the awesome effect of bringing students into this crown jewel of Indianapolis, with 80 percent original artifacts! However, we know that not all local schools have the ability to visit the Presidential Site due to transportation issues or other concerns. Most of our programs can be brought to you as in-class activities.
If interested, please contact VP of Education, Roger Hardig at email@example.com or (317) 631-1888 for program availability and pricing, which varies depending on your location and needs.
Between October 30 and December 13, our elevator will be out of service as we improve accessibility at the Presidential Site. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Thank you for being an important part of the Presidential Site and sharing a legacy in action!