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Old Glory, New Vision

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Old Glory, New Vision is a $6M capital campaign that is funding transformational improvements to the National Historic Landmark residence and grounds of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity and enthusiastic support of our donors, friends, and advocates, we have surpassed our goal. This in no way means that our work is done! There is so much still to do – and build, preserve, and grow. Please continue to spread the word about OldGloryNewVision.org!

A Gateway to the Future—and the Past

The centerpiece of the capitol project is the Johnson-Floyd Family Presidential Commons that will sustain the purpose and increase the prominence of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Exciting features included in the Presidential Commons are the Stan and Sandy Hurt Presidential Promenade; the Presidential Medallions made possible through the generosity of the Efroymson Family Fund; and in Citizenship Plaza, the Book of History made possible by Georgianne Neal and Andrea Neal, and the Charters of Freedom made possible by Elaine Kops-Bedel and Eric Bedel.

We are excited that this will create additional opportunities for engagement, enhance connectivity in downtown neighborhoods, and celebrate the legacy of Benjamin Harrison in new and beautiful ways.

Are you a naturalized citizen? Was your ceremony held at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site? We would like to add you to our Book of History. Contact the Presidential Site at bookofhistory@bhpsite.org for more information.

Please see the article in the Indianapolis Business Journal from Central Indiana Corporate Partnership CFO & COO, Latoya Botteron, for additional perspective.

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“Great lives do not go out. They go on.” — President Benjamin Harrison

We should not forget that Benjamin Harrison—Hoosier; citizen soldier; African-American voting rights advocate—was the 23rd president of the United States and the only president ever elected from Indiana. And we should not forget the monumental significance of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site itself.

The Old Glory, New Vision capital campaign is making the Presidential Site truly unforgettable. With over $6 million raised, we are transforming our grounds, elevating our national profile, and reclaiming our shared place in the landscape of American history.

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A Foundation for the Future

At the heart of the Presidential Site is the Harrison residence itself. Built nearly 150 years ago by Benjamin and Caroline Harrison, its stone and brick walls contain more history per square inch than many larger museums. However, it is in need of essential maintenance and renovations.

Over $1 million of our fundraising efforts will ensure the home continues to be structurally and functionally sound well into the future, and continues to educate and serve tens of thousands of students and visitors each year. Using our 2019 Historic Structures Report as a guide, we are restoring and strengthening the residence to ensure it stands for another 150 years. Restoration and maintenance work completed under the guidance of historic preservation professionals will ensure the proper stewardship of this nationally significant property for future generations. These improvements will enhance the public’s understanding of the stories interpreted at the Presidential Site, providing incentive for past visitors to return while offering added benefits for the surrounding neighborhood and larger community. In these ways, the Presidential Site will remain a relevant, vibrant gathering place for engaging with history in a way that can inform our present and shape our future.

Additionally, we are working with RATIO Architects to reimagine the third floor exhibit space to create an enhanced visitor experience, restore the space to a closer interpretation of the original space, and dedicate the Harrison Family Presidential Library.

Let’s Make History Together

With your support, we are making this once-in-a-generation project a reality, and sustaining the legacy of Indiana’s only elected president today, tomorrow, and for the century to come. There is still much more work to be done. Don’t wait. Donate Now.

Questions? Contact Bethany Gosewehr at bgosewehr@bhpsite.org.

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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!

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