Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site The 1875 Italianate Victorian family home of President Benjamin Harrison—our country's 23rd U.S. President (1889-1893) and Indiana 's only President.
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The mission of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is to increase public understanding of, appreciation for, and participation in the American system of self-government through the life stories, arts and culture of an American President.

We’re ready to welcome you back to the home of America’s Hoosier President! The Presidential Site will reopen—with limit...
06/17/2020

We’re ready to welcome you back to the home of America’s Hoosier President! The Presidential Site will reopen—with limited capacity⁠—on Friday, June 19.

Phase 1 of our reopening will consist of complimentary "From the Front Porch" tours. 𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲. Reservations are required, masks encouraged, and social distancing will be maintained. Click here to reserve your spot: bit.ly/FromTheFrontPorch

As you know, the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is most important, and we want to ensure you have a great experience with us. Please continue to visit our website for updated information as we work through each phase of the reopening process!

On this day in 1858, Abraham Lincoln accepted the Republican Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate. He addressed the Il...
06/16/2020

On this day in 1858, Abraham Lincoln accepted the Republican Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate. He addressed the Illinois Republican Convention where he stated the well-known line, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

Benjamin Harrison and Lincoln were connected in many ways. Harrison, a great admirer of Lincoln's, campaigned for his presidency in 1860. Five years later, President Lincoln nominated Harrison for the position of brevet brigadier general in the Union Army.

📸 Harrison's commission to brigadier general, signed by Abraham Lincoln

Did you know, in June 1892, Benjamin Harrison signed the proclamation that instituted the practice of displaying the Ame...
06/14/2020

Did you know, in June 1892, Benjamin Harrison signed the proclamation that instituted the practice of displaying the American flag over public buildings and schools?

Today, on Flag Day, we celebrate the anniversary of the June 14, 1777, resolution officially establishing the flag of the United States. 🇺🇸

On this day in 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes was chosen as the Republican presidential candidate. Benjamin Harrison campaign...
06/11/2020

On this day in 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes was chosen as the Republican presidential candidate. Benjamin Harrison campaigned for Hayes in cities like Chicago and Philadelphia. And in 1879, as president, Hayes appointed Harrison to the Mississippi River Commission.

In this photo, taken by J. W. Oswald, we see Benjamin and Caroline Harrison (far right) on the porch of Berdan Cottage with four friends. Harrison was now the Republican nominee for the presidency. After weeks of campaigning, he visited the cottage on Middle Bass Island seeking relaxation and advice from former president Hayes.

06/05/2020
Just a few photos from our morning so far. 🗳👍There’s still plenty of time to drive (or walk up) to the Presidential Site...
06/02/2020

Just a few photos from our morning so far. 🗳👍

There’s still plenty of time to drive (or walk up) to the Presidential Site and snag an #iVoted sticker!

It's Primary Day! Some of you may have mailed in your ballots, or maybe you need to stop by one of the few polling sites...
06/02/2020

It's Primary Day! Some of you may have mailed in your ballots, or maybe you need to stop by one of the few polling sites open this year. While the Presidential Site isn't open for voting, we still want you to join us in showing off your #ElectionDay pride! Until 6 p.m., drive up and pick up one of our voting stickers. Share your photos using #iVotedWithHarrison.

For this Friday's Coffee with the Curator live stream, we're taking a look at the iconic Indianapolis!Tune in on Faceboo...
06/01/2020

For this Friday's Coffee with the Curator live stream, we're taking a look at the iconic Indianapolis!

Tune in on Facebook Live at 8:45 a.m. to learn more about Benjamin Harrison's connection to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. 🏛️☕ Oh, and don't forget your coffee.

Happy Friday! It may be a little gloomy outside, but it's the last day of our #HarrisonGardenParty—and we still want to ...
05/29/2020

Happy Friday! It may be a little gloomy outside, but it's the last day of our #HarrisonGardenParty—and we still want to see your photos.

Take a stroll around your neighborhood, enjoy a peaceful moment in your backyard, or stop by and smell the flowers at the Presidential Site. Be sure to share your moments with us using the hashtag above!

Did you know that Benjamin Harrison was the first sitting president to attend a Major League baseball game? He watched t...
05/28/2020

Did you know that Benjamin Harrison was the first sitting president to attend a Major League baseball game?

He watched the Cincinnati Reds play against the Washington Senators. In this letter from Herbert Hoover to E. F. Tibbott—Harrison's secretary—Hoover also mentions the president's attendance at a Stanford baseball game. Tibbott sent a copy of the letter to Mary Dimmick Harrison. #GrandGame

Join in on the Indiana Historical Bureau's #WhenINPlayed by posting your favorite moments from Indiana’s sports history!

05/26/2020
Randall Newsome

Learn more about two of our upcoming—and social-distance compliant—events. 🌺🗳

(Spoiler: One of them is happening today through Friday!)

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site wants the community to get involved with two events that are still happening despite #COVID19 #1. They have curbside “I voted” stickers that you can pick up or print at home after you participate in spring elections. #2. They are celebrating the historic gardens of Indianapolis with their #HarrisonGardenParty. Here’s all you need to know from the site’s CEO Charlie Hyde. We’’ll have more on this on our show All Indiana WISH-TV

A snapshot of our gardens this morning... 🌸🧑‍🌾Today kicks off our four-day Garden Party! Join us by taking a stroll arou...
05/26/2020

A snapshot of our gardens this morning... 🌸🧑‍🌾

Today kicks off our four-day Garden Party! Join us by taking a stroll around your neighborhood, enjoying a peaceful moment in your backyard, or stopping by to smell the flowers at the Presidential Site. Share your moments with us using #HarrisonGardenParty!

‪On this day in 1819, Queen Victoria was born. Mary Dimmick Harrison received this invitation to her birthday celebratio...
05/24/2020

‪On this day in 1819, Queen Victoria was born. Mary Dimmick Harrison received this invitation to her birthday celebration in 1893.

In May 1868, successful attorney Benjamin Harrison purchased a double lot on the west side of North Delaware Street in I...
05/19/2020

In May 1868, successful attorney Benjamin Harrison purchased a double lot on the west side of North Delaware Street in Indianapolis. The cost? $24,008.59. 😲

In 1874, he and his wife Caroline began construction of their 16-room Italianate style house, carriage house, brick drive and landscaping. They chose everything, from the interior layout to the Italianate red brick design.

By time it was finished in 1875, the home had cost a total of $29,000.

05/17/2020
When Life Returns to Normal in Indy... #LoveIndy

On the last day of #MuseumWeek, we celebrate #DreamsMW. It's safe to say all of us at the Presidential Site are dreaming of reopening—when it's safe, of course. In the meantime, hear what else our staff is dreaming of doing once #Indy returns to normal:

While we may be closed right now, you can still get up close and personal with some of our favorite artifacts by checkin...
05/16/2020
Benjamin Harrison - Presidential Site

While we may be closed right now, you can still get up close and personal with some of our favorite artifacts by checking out our 3D collection! With the 3D items, you can rotate, zoom in and even print⁠—all for free!

In addition to Benjamin Harrison-related pieces, the collection includes artifacts from 21 other U.S. presidents, including George Washington, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Check out our collection and let us know your favorite 3D artifact. #TechnologyMW

Artifacts relating to the Harrison family including Benjamin Harrison V, William Henry Harrison, Benjamin Harrison, Caroline Scott Harrison and Mary Lord Harrison span the decades and connect to various other family members, politicians and famous people.

While we are eager to reopen, the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is of utmost importance. Please keep an e...
05/16/2020

While we are eager to reopen, the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is of utmost importance. Please keep an eye on our website and social pages as we continue to have more updates!

DID YOU KNOW:Benjamin Harrison preserved more than 13 million acres of public domain for national forest preserves? 🌲⛰️ ...
05/15/2020
This Hoosier president helped give America some of its greatest national parks

DID YOU KNOW:

Benjamin Harrison preserved more than 13 million acres of public domain for national forest preserves? 🌲⛰️ He established the second, third and fourth national parks (the first established by Ulysses S. Grant). Harrison even introduced legislation to preserve the Grand Canyon, but it did not pass until long after he left office. #ClimateMW

Learn more about his conservation efforts in this recent article from the IndyStar:

Often overlooked, Benjamin Harrison gave us great national parks and forests.

05/14/2020
Visitors Share Their Favorite Presidential Site Memories

We asked our visitors to share their favorite parts about visiting the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. We heard everything—from ice cream to one-of-a-kind artifacts.

Now, we want to hear from the rest of you! Drop your favorite Presidential Site memory in the comments. #MuseumMomentsMW

Caroline Scott Harrison was a talented artist. Her art work was entered and rewarded in the Indiana Exposition, and she ...
05/12/2020

Caroline Scott Harrison was a talented artist. Her art work was entered and rewarded in the Indiana Exposition, and she is the only First Lady to have designed her own china.

To celebrate today's MuseumWeek theme, we want to see your interpretations of Caroline's art. Paint, draw, take a still photo—be creative! We can't wait to see your recreations. #CulutreInQuarantineMW.

Today marks the start of MuseumWeek —a worldwide social media festival to celebrate museums and cultural institutions. E...
05/11/2020

Today marks the start of MuseumWeek —a worldwide social media festival to celebrate museums and cultural institutions. Each day, we’ll be posting content on our social pages that reflects the theme for that day.

We're kicking off the week by thanking the heroes on the front lines of COVID-19. Have your own message you would like to share? Save one of our templates and add your own message. Tag us and use #HeroesMW.

Here are some flowers for all of you mothers out there. 💐 Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at the Presidential Site!
05/10/2020

Here are some flowers for all of you mothers out there. 💐 Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at the Presidential Site!

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving in response to COVID-19. The continued involvement and support of stu...
05/05/2020

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving in response to COVID-19.

The continued involvement and support of students, teachers, members, donors and volunteers during these times of uncertainty reminds us all that generosity can help bring the whole world together.

Your gift to the Presidential Site today immediately goes to work—helping us share remarkable cultural and civic resources with the more than 27,000 children and adults who visit us each year.

Please consider making a donation today: bit.ly/BHPSDonate

05/04/2020
GivingTuesday

Tomorrow, the Presidential Site is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving. Not only do we need your support—we need your help to spread the word. Please tell your friends and family why you believe in our work and encourage them to support us, too!

Tomorrow is the big day! As we watch the movement grow across the globe, we can't wait to celebrate generosity, compassion, and all of the ways you are giving back! #GivingTuesdayNow

It's #TeacherAppreciationWeek, and we want to take a minute to praise all of our wonderful educators out there. 🎒📚 Join ...
05/04/2020

It's #TeacherAppreciationWeek, and we want to take a minute to praise all of our wonderful educators out there. 🎒📚 Join us in saying thank you by commenting below with a message to your favorite teacher—could be your child's, one from your days at school, or someone you know!

On this day in 1889, Theodore Roosevelt visited the White House per President Benjamin Harrison's invitation. Four days ...
05/03/2020

On this day in 1889, Theodore Roosevelt visited the White House per President Benjamin Harrison's invitation. Four days later, Harrison would appoint Roosevelt to Civil Service Commissioner. He headed the department until 1895. 📸 Benjamin Harrison's office on the second floor of the White House in 1889, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Library of Congress.

05/01/2020
#LoveIndy

What is the first thing you'll do when life returns to normal in #Indy? Here is what a few of us from the Presidential Site are most looking forward to!

Thanks, Visit Indy, for starting this wonderful trend to show off our civic pride! We #LoveIndy.

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site's Love Indy Video!

🔎 TOMORROW 🔍Pour your morning brew and join us on Facebook at 8:45 a.m. for a live stream of Coffee with the Curator! Ge...
04/30/2020

🔎 TOMORROW 🔍

Pour your morning brew and join us on Facebook at 8:45 a.m. for a live stream of Coffee with the Curator! Get a glimpse of the Presidential Site’s most interesting, amazing and unexpected collection items. We'll discuss items related to this month's theme: Campaign Trail.

Our CEO joined the Drink Culture Podcast to chat about the significance of Benjamin Harrison and the work that we do at ...
04/29/2020

Our CEO joined the Drink Culture Podcast to chat about the significance of Benjamin Harrison and the work that we do at the Presidential Site.

Listen (or watch) now:

How do presidents prepare to be leaders? Join us to learn the story of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site from the CEO Charles Hyde. As a Hanover College graduate with a History degree, Charlie started his career in non-profit management in an entry-level position at Conner Prairiebefore becoming a Director at the Indianapolis Zoo. When the position for CEO of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site opened up, Charlie’s experience and passion for engaging people with history made him the top contender during a nation-wide search. Since joining the team, they have set out to increase engagement with the museum. The execution of the goal includes a successful program called Future Presidents of America, which teaches young leaders about leadership through the stories of presidents. Tune in to also learn how the museum is at the forefront of technology by 3D scanning their collections for the public to print and the story of Benjamin Harrison best illustrated by Charlie’s quote: “While real-life stories are interesting, all the fiction in the world has a hard time standing up to one life really well lived.” Drink deep of the culture that surrounds you with Charles Hyde of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.

https://link.chtbl.com/W5QfrFJ5

How many amendments does the Constitution have? 📜🧐Check out this feature on FOX59 News to see if you know the answer! Th...
04/28/2020
Virtual citizenship challenge

How many amendments does the Constitution have? 📜🧐

Check out this feature on FOX59 News to see if you know the answer! Then, show off your skills TONIGHT at our virtual trivia event—the Citizenship Challenge. Register for free on our event page.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — As you stay cooped up in the house, have you been craving some mental stimulation? You are in luck. The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is inviting you to take their …

The Presidential Site is working to create videos and online resources to keep you entertained and informed during this ...
04/26/2020
Benjamin Harrison - Presidential Site

The Presidential Site is working to create videos and online resources to keep you entertained and informed during this time. So, we want to know—what would YOU like to see?

Comment down below with topics or formats that interest you! (And read our latest blog post to learn more about some of our existing resources.)

Whether you’re learning remotely or looking for ways to enliven your social distancing, here is our one-stop resource list for learning (and teaching) at home.

The Presidential Site looks a little lonely without all of our wonderful visitors. While we wait to re-open, we want to ...
04/25/2020

The Presidential Site looks a little lonely without all of our wonderful visitors.

While we wait to re-open, we want to see photos from your past visits. Share some of your favorites with us in the comments!

Earth Day may be over, but it's still #NationalParkWeek! We're celebrating with this #ThrowbackThursday to Yellowstone N...
04/23/2020

Earth Day may be over, but it's still #NationalParkWeek! We're celebrating with this #ThrowbackThursday to Yellowstone National Park in June 1900. In the photo, Benjamin, Mary and Elizabeth Harrison ride in a carriage at "Larrie's" Lunch Station.

Address

1230 N Delaware St
Indianapolis, IN
46202

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 15:30
Tuesday 10:00 - 15:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 15:30
Thursday 10:00 - 15:30
Friday 10:00 - 15:30
Saturday 10:00 - 15:30
Sunday 12:00 - 15:30

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(317) 631-1888

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The Benjamin Harrison house is a hidden gem in downtown Indianapolis. It has many original furnishings and personal items. My tour guide, Caitlynn, did an excellent job of explaining the home and its occupants. It was well worth the visit.
Last week we visited the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site and really enjoyed the guided tour. We thank "Dave" for his extensive knowledge of Benjamin Harrison and his family. Thank you.
Cartoon of Benjamin Harrison from The National Tribune November 22, 1888 page 1.
We wanted to thank you for a wonderful time yesterday afternoon. We have toured before and always an enjoyable afternoon. But our guide Jeanette really made it special this time. She opened our eyes and put the spotlight on the amazing accomplishments of Caroline Harrison as well. I am a hard-core history nerd and never knew any of the truly amazing firsts and historic accomplishments of this remarkable woman. How in the world did we go through school taking Indiana History and not learn about her??? Thank you Jeanette, I bought her biography yesterday, I can't wait to learn more.
Good morning. I've been engaged in genealogical research into the family history of my mom's side. In my research I've found a distant family member--a 4th great grandfather who's name was Philip Conrad (Sr.); he lived in Dubois County Indiana. According to my research he served directly under John Tipton as part of the Indiana Mounted Militia during the War of 1812. I found the Muster rolls and information that states Tipton was a witness to Philip signing the Muster roll. I found some information that claims Philip Conrad was personal friends with William Henry Harrison. He named one of his sons Henry Harrison Conrad after him. And he was one of three people who voted for William Henry Harrison--holding the election at his personal home. They drew names out of a hat. I was wondering if there was any historical information about William Henry Harrison and the War of 1812 that delves deeper than the general stuff we typically learn? Did he write any letters concerning his personal friends--people who served with him and so on? Anything that may reference Philip Conrad by chance? It's probably a slim chance but I was curious.
Remembering President Harrison's Birthday visit to Ulysses Grant Cottage & The Hotel Balmoral on Mt. McGregor, New York in 1891 (Note: There is a glitch in the first 20 seconds of video)... www.grantcottage.org
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We so enjoyed our visit in July. An incredibly preserved home. We highly recommend touring this beautiful museum.
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit today - an excellent tour!
Naturalization ceremony this morning was an outstanding experience. I am so glad I came! Such a beautiful way to welcome our newest citizens. My most memorable moment was watching the young children offering flags to and shaking the hands of the new Americans.