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No “Compact of Silence”: Black Civil Rights Advocates in the Harrison Era | Exhibit Grand Opening

This special exhibit highlights national and local Black civil rights activists during President Benjamin Harrison’s term in office (1889-1893). It explores the complex dynamics of race in late 19th century America, including the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 in Chicago, anti-lynching laws and movements, and black voting suppression.

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Happening This Year

Each year we offer various events open to the community and members alike.
Jan 27
One-Night Only

No “Compact of Silence”: Black Civil Rights Advocates in the Harrison Era | Exhibit Grand Opening

January 27

This special exhibit highlights national and local Black civil rights activists during President Benjamin Harrison’s term in office (1889-1893). It explores the complex dynamics of race in late 19th century America, including the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 in Chicago, anti-lynching laws and movements, and black voting suppression.

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A photograph of an intricate coffee cup, complete with gold lining, gold handle, and stars along the mouth of the cup. There is a magnifying glass being used to enhance the detail.
Feb 4+
Various Days

Coffee with the Curator

First Friday of each Month

Kick off your First Friday in style with this 30-minute event. While you enjoy coffee and donuts, you will get a glimpse our most interesting, amazing and unexpected collection items.

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photograph of a birds nest containing colorful speckled pink, blue, and yellow eggs resting on a verdant green lawn.
Apr 9
One-Night Only

Presidential Egg Roll

April 9

Mark your calendar and join us for our annual Presidential Egg Roll – the only egg roll in Indy!

Enjoy crafts, music and celebrations! Children will race to roll wooden eggs through the grass as the Easter Bunny cheers them on. 

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photo of two comedies of error actors. a woman is standing on the left, holding a human skull and holding a hand above a seated man's head while he has a curious expression on his face.
Apr 22+
Various Days

Three Comedies of Error

April 22-23, 29-30 May 1, 6-7

This trilogy of one-act comedies, rotating through the Presidential mansion, complete with candlelight, historical artifacts and the rich ambiance of President Harrison’s original furnishings, is a one-of-a-kind theatre experience.

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Oct 7+
Various Days

The Haunted States of America

October 7-8, 14-15, 22-23

Are you willing to brave this maelstrom of spiritual turmoil to help us understand why the undead and spirits of Blue and Gray are intent on occupying the Site at this time?

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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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