Planning your 2019 Social Calendar

by Alexis Price

January 15, 2019

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.


January

Graphic image of a planner, with decorative illustration of coffee from a bird's eye view. Text reads: Friday, the fourth of January. What. Coffee With the Curator. When. 8:30 to 9 a.m. Get a sneak peek at artifacts that will be featured in the presidential humor exhibit! Monday, the twenty first of january. What. Open to tours. When. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. See website for other hours. We're back! Enjoy a tour with one of our wonderful docents. Thursday, the twenty fourth of january. What. Presidential Humor Exhibit grand opening. When. 5:30 to 7 p.m. See how candidates and political foes used humor in their campaigns. President Benjamin Harrison dot org.

Re-opening of the Presidential Site After almost a month of repairs, the Presidential Site will once again be open to tours! We will resume regular hours (Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 – 3:30 p.m.) Tours start in the Welcome Center, located in the red barn behind the home. Have additional questions? Check out the Visit page of our website.

Presidential Humor Exhibit grand opening

The exhibit is part of the New Century Curator Initiative, a partnership between the Presidential Site and IUPUI’s Museum Studies program. This partnership allows students in the program to assist in the development of an original exhibit. Emily Hanawalt, our 2018 Curatorial Fellow, is the Master’s student developer for this exhibit. She states, “Presidential Humor is about recognizing how humor is used as a tool in democracies to make statements about leaders and how something as serious as politics can cause people to laugh out loud.” Hanawalt will lead the grand opening, discussing the history of political cartoons and caricatures and exploring the humor of presidents. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided. Tickets are required.  

February

Graphic image of a planner for february. The planner reads, Friday February first. What. Coffee with the curator. When. 8:30 to 9 a.m. Sip some coffee and check out artifacts from our collection! This month's theme is A Wonderful Life. Monday, February eighteenth. What. Live! Presidents' day. When. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. President harrison and his staff have traveled to indy from D.C. Enjoy this live reenactment! Did you know? There are many disparities about the name of president's day and whom it honors. While it was established to celebrate the late george washington's birthday, the holiday soon began to revere more presidents. The U.S. government recognizes the holiday as Washington's birthday. In virginia, it is called george washington's day; and in alabama, it is called washington and jefferson day. Coffee with the Curator

This event occurs the first Friday of each month. February’s theme? A Wonderful Life. We will have a guest speaker, Ray Boomhower. He is the senior editor with the Indiana Historical Society Press. Boomhower has written biographies of notable Hoosiers such as Ernie Pyle and Juliet Strauss, and recently President Benjamin Harrison. Mr. President: A Life of Benjamin Harrison examines the 23rd president’s rise to political prominence after his service as a Union Army general during the Civil War. As always, this 30-minute event includes complimentary coffee from Tinker Coffee Co. and breakfast treats. Registration is required.

LIVE! Presidents’ Day

It’s 1891, and President Benjamin Harrison and his staff have traveled back to Indianapolis from D.C. This live reenactment allows visitors to visit with the President in his library, say hello to the butler in the back parlor, and speak with Mrs. Harrison in the dining room. Admission for this event is included in the tour price.

March

Graphic image of a planner for march. The planner reads, Friday the first of march. What. Coffee with the curator. When. 8:30 to 9 a.m. Get an inside look at items from our upcoming glitz and glamour exhibit! Thursday march seventh. What. Glitz and glamour exhibit. When. 5:30 to 7 p.m. From fold art to lavish furniture, we have white house decor galore. Wednesday march thirteenth. What. Civil war dinner. When. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dine with general benjamin harrison and his major as they share stories of service to the union.

Coffee with the Curator Get a sneak peek at items from our upcoming Glitz and Glamour Exhibit. We’ll have complimentary coffee, morning treats and an array of past White House decor. Reserve your spot now.

Glitz and Glamour Exhibit grand opening

The White House is famous for many things, and we haven’t let the lavish decor and outlandish gifts escape the limelight. From tasteful wall art, to a horned chair gifted to Benjamin Harrison, we have something for every interior design aficionado — and critic — around. Join us for the grand opening! Reserve your tickets today.

Civil War Dinner

This exclusive Presidential Site staple begins with conversation, hors d’oeuvres and wine. Then, move into the Harrison family home and take a tour of the first floor. Assemble in the Library, where General Harrison invites you to join him for dinner. All food is prepared by Alan’s Catered Events, a team who has done extensive research on Civil War era dishes. This event sells out quickly. Get your tickets soon.  

April

Graphic image of a planner for april. The planner reads, Friday the fifth of april. What. Coffee with the curator. When. 8:30 to 9 a.m. Sip a cup of coffee (or two) and learn about artifacts surrounding this month's theme, presidential children. Saturday, the thirteenth of april. What. Presidential egg roll. When. 9 to 10:30 a.m. At this free, family-friendly event, we'll have an easter bunny, crafts, games, and egg-cellent prizes. Saturday april thirteenth to sunday april fourteenth. What. Murder and the macabre. When. 8 p.m. saturday to two p.m. sunday. Enjoy this trilogy of one-act thrillers performed by candlelight theatre. Friday april twenty sixth to sunday april twenty eighth. What. Murder and the macabre. When. 8 p.m. friday to saturday 2 p.m. sunday. Travel room-to-room to experience plays of mystery and, you guessed, it, murder.

Coffee with the Curator Enjoy complimentary coffee and light refreshments as we examine artifacts related to presidential kiddos. We’ll have you caffeinated and out the door just in time for work! Claim your spot.

Presidential Egg Roll

We are hoppy to bring back this White House classic to Indianapolis. This free event includes egg roll races, kids’ crafts, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Each child will take home a souvenir, so make sure you let us know you’re coming. Claim your spot.

Murder and the Macabre

Candlelight Theatre is back with this three-act trilogy! You’ll travel from room to room, witnessing stories of murder, mystery and intrigue. Read more about each performance on our events page. Performances begin April 13th and last through the beginning of May. Get your tickets before they’re sold out!  

May

Graphic image of a planner for May, featuring two illustrations of blooming flowers. The planner reads, Friday the third of may. What. Coffee with the curator. When. 8:30 to 9 a.m. Sip some coffee and check out artifacts from our collection! This month's theme is seascapes. Friday, the third of may. What. Murder and the macabre. When. 8 p.m. Enjoy this trilogy of one-act thrillers performed by candlelight theatre. Saturday, the fourth of may. What. Murder and the macabre. When. 8 p.m. Travel room-to-room to experience plays of mystery and, you guessed, it, murder. To be announced. What. Pop-up garden party. When. Five p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The peonies have bloomed! Have a picnic and enjoy a self-guided tour of the gardens.

Coffee with the Curator

We’re looking at seascapes on this First Friday event. This event is free for members and guests, and $6 for general admission.

Pop-Up Garden Party

This free event celebrates the blooming of our peonies. Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about the peonies and the various plants that make up the garden — including 26 varieties of peonies! We will have maps available for a self-guided tour, and we encourage visitors to bring food and blankets to enjoy a picnic on the lawn! Read more here.  

June

Graphic image of a planner for June, featuring a decorative illustration of a croquet mallet and ball. The planner reads, Saturday, first of june. What. Wicket world of croquet. When. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Don your game whites and hit the court for a wicketly competitive day of historic elegance and modern indulgence. Register as a team of two for our leisure or competitive tournaments. All teams receive entrance into the tournament, four matches guaranteed, use of equipment, food, and drinks. Interested in attending but not playing? A porch party ticket could be right for you. Friday the seventh of june. What. Coffee with the curator. When. 8:30 to 9 a.m. Sip some coffee and check out our collection of presidential china. Did you know? Wimbledon was not always known for tennis. in eighteen sixty eight, the all england croquet club was founded and the courts that are now home to infamous tennis matches were built. the dimensions of today's tennis courts derive from croquet court regulations.

Coffee with the Curator

This month we’re taking a look at presidential china, including pieces designed by Caroline Scott Harrison. Tickets are not available yet. Keep a look-out!

Wicket World of Croquet

Our annual fundraising event is back, and it’s going to be a wicketly good time. Register as a team of two for our leisure or competitive tournament. All teams of two receive entrance into the tournament (4 matches guaranteed), use of fine equipment, snacks, lunch and drinks. Porch Party tickets are also available for those of you who want to enjoy the festivities without playing the game. Lunch, drinks and snacks are included in your ticket price. Show up in your best white attire for a chance to win Best Dressed. We’ll also have prizes for tournament winners! This is one of our biggest events of the year, so tickets go quickly. Get yours before it’s too late!

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