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.

Join us between December 12 - 15 for a Candlelight Theatre performance of 'Twas the Night Before... For 60 minutes, enjo...
11/30/2019

Join us between December 12 - 15 for a Candlelight Theatre performance of 'Twas the Night Before... For 60 minutes, enjoy reenactments of popular festive tales while you warm up with a cup of cider. Interested in bringing a large group? Purchase a Room Buyout and bring up to 15 people for a private performance. 🎫 Get your tickets today: http://bit.ly/Twas2019

Happy Thanksgiving! We're grateful for our wonderful staff, volunteers and patrons. What are you thankful for?
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving! We're grateful for our wonderful staff, volunteers and patrons. What are you thankful for?

11/27/2019

Gobble, gobble! 🦃

We are closed tomorrow in observance of the holiday. We'll see you Friday!

Coffee with the Curator is just around the corner, and this month's theme is "Home for the Holidays!" Join us December 6...
11/26/2019
Coffee with the Curator 2019

Coffee with the Curator is just around the corner, and this month's theme is "Home for the Holidays!" Join us December 6 for a festive morning of coffee and an exclusive look at items in our collection. This event is free for members and guests or $6 general admission. Space is limited so reservations are recommended!

If you love coffee, pastries, and a good dose of history, you've come to the right place! Our monthly First Friday program, Coffee with the Curator, is your chance to get a glimpse of the Presidential Site's most interesting, amazing, and unexpected collection items. We promise to satisfy your curio...

Ever wonder what Christmas looked like to our 23rd president?On December 7 we're travelling back to Christmas Day 1888 t...
11/25/2019
LIVE! Family Christmas 2019

Ever wonder what Christmas looked like to our 23rd president?

On December 7 we're travelling back to Christmas Day 1888 to witness a Harrison family Christmas. 🎄🎁 Spend time with the Harrisons as they wrap presents and decide whether or not there will be a Christmas tree in the White House. We hope to see you there! Get your tickets today:

Have a presidential holiday with the Harrisons! Bring your family for a festive Christmas tour of the Harrison family home. The year is 1888 and President Harrison, his Ohio family, and the household staff will be home for the holidays. Excited for Christmas Day, they will be wrapping presents, chat...

As we approach the holiday season, many of us have family coming to town. Stressed? In charge of entertainment? Sometime...
11/24/2019

As we approach the holiday season, many of us have family coming to town.

Stressed? In charge of entertainment? Sometimes, it helps to plan an outing. If you have a crowd of 10 people or more, you qualify for a group tour! Trained docents guide you on a 70-90 minute tour of the elegant home of our 23rd president. Learn more: http://bit.ly/GroupVisitBHPS

We're throwing it back this Thursday with a few photos from this year's Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series! Last week, we...
11/21/2019

We're throwing it back this Thursday with a few photos from this year's Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series! Last week, we honored Navy veteran and C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb over dinner at the Columbia Club.

Check out more photos by viewing the full album on our profile!

Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series 2019
11/21/2019

Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series 2019

How do you help someone who’s lost their Christmas spirit?Nurse them back to elf. 🧝Spread cheer this season by taking yo...
11/20/2019

How do you help someone who’s lost their Christmas spirit?
Nurse them back to elf. 🧝

Spread cheer this season by taking your friends and family to a showing of 'Twas the Night Before! Travel through the presidential mansion to meet characters from traditional folklore and learn about holiday traditions around the globe. Performances run from December 12 - 15 with six shows each day. Get your tickets before they're gone: http://bit.ly/Twas2019

Thanksgiving is just 10 days away! Looking for a new dish to try? Check out this recipe by Caroline Scott Harrison, firs...
11/18/2019

Thanksgiving is just 10 days away! Looking for a new dish to try? Check out this recipe by Caroline Scott Harrison, first served at a White House Thanksgiving in the 1890s.

Warm up this season with a cup of coffee and a good dose of presidential history! Join us December 6 for our monthly Cof...
11/16/2019
Coffee with the Curator 2019

Warm up this season with a cup of coffee and a good dose of presidential history! Join us December 6 for our monthly Coffee with the Curator event. Get a glimpse of the Presidential Site's most interesting and unexpected collection items. Find tickets here:

If you love coffee, pastries, and a good dose of history, you've come to the right place! Our monthly First Friday program, Coffee with the Curator, is your chance to get a glimpse of the Presidential Site's most interesting, amazing, and unexpected collection items. We promise to satisfy your curio...

11/12/2019

“I think [advancing American democracy] means an opportunity to introduce some of the young people in this country to how the system works before the get a old as I am.”

- Brian Lamb, founder and former CEO of C-SPAN

Just a few short hours until one of our biggest events of the year, the annual Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series. Learn ...
11/11/2019

Just a few short hours until one of our biggest events of the year, the annual Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series. Learn more about this year’s award recipient:

➡️ Navy veteran
➡️ Founder and former CEO of C-SPAN
➡️ Purdue University graduate
➡️ Lafayette, Indiana native
➡️ Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient

In 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I was celebrated with “Armistice Day.” Benjamin Harrison was a ve...
11/11/2019

In 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I was celebrated with “Armistice Day.” Benjamin Harrison was a veteran of the Civil War and campaigned for soldiers pensions.

Today, on Veterans Day, we thank all of those who have served our country.

It's National Education Month, so we're throwing it back to this blog post spotlighting Martha Buehner. After teaching f...
11/10/2019
Benjamin Harrison - Presidential Site

It's National Education Month, so we're throwing it back to this blog post spotlighting Martha Buehner. After teaching first grade for 43 years, Martha is now President of the Volunteer Association and an integral member of the Presidential Site team. Read more: http://bit.ly/MarthaBSpotlight

Discover and explore stories, features, and behind-the-scenes information about our events, programs, and outreach on our official blog.

Next week, we host one of our biggest events of the year. Over dinner, we bestow the Advancing American Democracy Award ...
11/08/2019
14th Annual Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series

Next week, we host one of our biggest events of the year. Over dinner, we bestow the Advancing American Democracy Award upon an individual who, in an exemplary way, advances the values of our national democracy by encouraging citizen participation in self-government and in greater civic society.

Join us as we honor veteran and C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb, and raise money to share innovative civic education and outreach programs with more than 29,000 children and adults each year.

Mark your calendar for an extraordinary evening with the Presidential Site! The Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series supports the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site’s mission to increase participation in the American system of self-government by sharing the life stories, arts, and culture of an Amer...

Yesterday, the Presidential Site hosted voters from all over Marion County. Check out this feature in Indiana Lawyer to ...
11/06/2019
Harrison home as polling site sets national example - The Indiana Lawyer

Yesterday, the Presidential Site hosted voters from all over Marion County. Check out this feature in Indiana Lawyer to learn more about being a proud polling site.

It is fitting that a spot where hundreds of thousands of people once gathered to hear a Hoosier candidate for the White House speak is now a place where Marion County voters can cast their ballots. The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site opened its doors early Tuesday to help facilitate the fundamen...

Did you know, as a Marion County resident, you can vote at any of the county’s 273 polling sites? 🗳 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀The Preside...
11/05/2019

Did you know, as a Marion County resident, you can vote at any of the county’s 273 polling sites? 🗳
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The Presidential Site happens to be one of them. Cast your vote with us today at the historical home of our 23rd president! Share photos of you and your voting sticker by tagging us! We’ll be sharing them throughout the day.

LIVE! Election Day is tomorrow! Don't miss out on your chance to hang out with Benjamin Harrison and his family as they ...
11/04/2019

LIVE! Election Day is tomorrow! Don't miss out on your chance to hang out with Benjamin Harrison and his family as they await the results of the 1888 presidential election. The event will take place all day during regular tour hours and is included in the price of admission. Get your tickets: http://bit.ly/LIVEElectionDay19

Help us share innovative civic education and outreach programs with more than 29,000 children and adults each year. Join...
11/03/2019
14th Annual Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series

Help us share innovative civic education and outreach programs with more than 29,000 children and adults each year.

Join us for a one-of-a-kind evening at the Columbia Club for our 14th annual Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series. This year’s program—A Legacy of Honor & Service—will feature our keynote speaker, Brian Lamb. He is a Navy veteran, journalist and founder of C-SPAN.

Secure your spot before it's too late!

Mark your calendar for an extraordinary evening with the Presidential Site! The Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series supports the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site’s mission to increase participation in the American system of self-government by sharing the life stories, arts, and culture of an Amer...

This month alone during Harrison's presidency, four states were admitted to the Union. On this day in 1889, North and So...
11/02/2019

This month alone during Harrison's presidency, four states were admitted to the Union. On this day in 1889, North and South Dakota became our 39th and 40th states. Just a few days later, Montana became the 41st state, followed by Washington. 📷 The official proclamation from Benjamin Harrison admitting Washington as a state.

Credit: Raab Collection

Happy Halloween! 🎃👻🧟Still in need of a last-minute costume? Check out our list of costumes inspired by Benjamin Harrison...
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween! 🎃👻🧟

Still in need of a last-minute costume? Check out our list of costumes inspired by Benjamin Harrison. http://bit.ly/BHCostumes

Take a photo and share your costumes with us on social media by tagging us or using #potus23!

Pour over historical photos and political artifacts at this week's Coffee with the Curator.Join us this Friday from 8:30...
10/29/2019
Coffee with the Curator 2019

Pour over historical photos and political artifacts at this week's Coffee with the Curator.

Join us this Friday from 8:30 - 9 a.m. to kick off the month of November! We'll be talking about Benjamin Harrison's front porch campaign over complimentary cups of joe from Tinker Coffee Co. Reserve your spot:

If you love coffee, pastries, and a good dose of history, you've come to the right place! Our monthly First Friday program, Coffee with the Curator, is your chance to get a glimpse of the Presidential Site's most interesting, amazing, and unexpected collection items. We promise to satisfy your curio...

Didn't get a chance to join us for Ghost Tales of the Civil War and you're looking for another Civil War-inspired event?...
10/28/2019

Didn't get a chance to join us for Ghost Tales of the Civil War and you're looking for another Civil War-inspired event? Come out to our Civil War Dinner on November 6 to enjoy conversation with General Harrison and his major!

The menu consists of pickled vegetables, carrot soup, and First Lady Caroline Harrison's potato rolls. End the night with a slice of Harrison White House Chef Laura 'Dolly' Johnson's Bourbon Pecan Pie! Secure your spot: http://bit.ly/CWDNov19

The Presidential Site is closed to tours today for Candlelight Theatre performances. Give this post a thumbs up if we’ll...
10/27/2019

The Presidential Site is closed to tours today for Candlelight Theatre performances. Give this post a thumbs up if we’ll see you at a show! 🕯👻

On this day in 1892, Caroline Harrison passed away from tuberculosis. She had a White House funeral and burial at Crown ...
10/25/2019

On this day in 1892, Caroline Harrison passed away from tuberculosis. She had a White House funeral and burial at Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery in Indianapolis. She had many accomplishments in life, including founding the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and serving as its first president general.

10/23/2019

REMINDER: We will be closed to tours this Sunday, October 27 for Candlelight Theatre performances. We will re-open at the normal time on Monday. See you soon!

On this day in 1879, Thomas Edison successfully tested an electric incandescent lamp with a carbonized filament. The lam...
10/21/2019

On this day in 1879, Thomas Edison successfully tested an electric incandescent lamp with a carbonized filament. The lamp stayed lit for 13 hours. 💡 Twelve years later, Benjamin Harrison would become the first president to have electricity in the White House. He and First Lady Caroline Scott Harrison were actually afraid to operate the switches because the technology was so new!

Photo: Light fixture in the White House in the 1890s, Library of Congress.

It's National No Beard Day! Do you prefer young Benjamin Harrison with or without the beard?  Fun fact: Harrison is actu...
10/18/2019

It's National No Beard Day! Do you prefer young Benjamin Harrison with or without the beard?

Fun fact: Harrison is actually the last president to have a full beard while in office.

Throwback Thursday to this spine-tingling blog post we published last year! 😨 Read the story of the grave robbing of Ben...
10/17/2019

Throwback Thursday to this spine-tingling blog post we published last year! 😨 Read the story of the grave robbing of Benjamin Harrison's father, John Scott Harrison. http://bit.ly/JSHgraverob

Thanks for chatting with us, Indy Style!We have just a few tickets left. 🕯 Get yours today!
10/17/2019
Indy Style

Thanks for chatting with us, Indy Style!

We have just a few tickets left. 🕯 Get yours today!

Picture this. A full-length play with candlelight, traveling room to room, hearing stories from the untold deaths of the Civil War. Do you dare? Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

Less than one month until our annual Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series! The annual event welcomes 250 guests to enjoy a ...
10/16/2019

Less than one month until our annual Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series! The annual event welcomes 250 guests to enjoy a dinner, nationally recognized speaker, and the presentation of the Advancing American Democracy Award. We are also joined by our dedicated Future Presidents of America alumni!

Join us as we celebrate our veterans and their sacrifice and dedication to our freedom. Reserve your spot today: http://bit.ly/2019MTJSS

If you love coffee, pastries and a good dose of history, you've come to the right place! Join us Friday, November 1 for ...
10/14/2019

If you love coffee, pastries and a good dose of history, you've come to the right place! Join us Friday, November 1 for Coffee with the Curator. This month's event will focus on Benjamin Harrison's front porch campaign. You won't want to miss it: http://bit.ly/CwtC2019

Whether you're an adult looking for a costume with a historical edge, or stumped about an idea for your kiddo, we have y...
10/11/2019

Whether you're an adult looking for a costume with a historical edge, or stumped about an idea for your kiddo, we have you covered this Halloween.

Here are 8 Halloween costumes inspired by Benjamin Harrison: http://bit.ly/BHCostumes

Did you know we offer virtual field trips? We love when classes visit the Presidential Site, but we understand it's not ...
10/10/2019

Did you know we offer virtual field trips? We love when classes visit the Presidential Site, but we understand it's not always easy to arrange transportation—especially if you're not local. That is why we offer distance learning nationwide through platforms like Skype or Google Hangouts. Visit our website to learn more about our programs and how your students can participate: http://bit.ly/VirtualTripBH

Creep it real this season by joining us for a performance of Ghost Tales of the Civil War! We still have just a FEW tick...
10/08/2019
Ghost Tales of the Civil War

Creep it real this season by joining us for a performance of Ghost Tales of the Civil War! We still have just a FEW tickets left for the following dates: October 11, 12, 18, 19, 26 and 27.

Shows begin every 30 minutes from each night, and each performance lasts approximately 70 minutes. Find out why the spirits of Blue and Gray are intent on occupying the Presidential Site this season!

This October, visit the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site to experience Candlelight Theatre's newest spooky offering, Ghost Tales of the Civil War, by James Trofatter! We all know that the Civil War, that Great Inconvenience for the South, lead to untold deaths and the memory of this horrible time...

Have you been by the Presidential Site to see one-of-a-kind relic? This walking stick was presented to Benjamin Harrison...
10/07/2019

Have you been by the Presidential Site to see one-of-a-kind relic? This walking stick was presented to Benjamin Harrison as a centennial president gift. It is made up of hand carved images of all the Presidents from George Washington to Benjamin Harrison with name below each. Fun fact: Three of the president's names—Madison, Hayes and Arthur—are actually misspelled.

Here's a little #ThrowbackThursday to last year's Croquet Roquet in honor of today's! Pictured is the winner of the best...
10/03/2019

Here's a little #ThrowbackThursday to last year's Croquet Roquet in honor of today's! Pictured is the winner of the best dressed award. Who will it be this year?

Tonight's event starts at 5:30 and ends at 7 p.m. Come as you are, or run home and fetch an outfit to compete for best dressed! There will be Sun King Brewery and Peace Water Winery drinks aplenty. Oh, and HotBox Pizza. 😋 If you forgot to buy tickets, or you're still undecided, don't worry. We'll have some at the entrance!

On this day (September 30-October 1) in 1862 Benjamin Harrison and his troop scored victory over the Confederates at Rus...
10/01/2019

On this day (September 30-October 1) in 1862 Benjamin Harrison and his troop scored victory over the Confederates at Russellville, Kentucky during the Civil War. Just two months earlier, Harrison was appointed to colonel, and by the end of the war, he would be promoted to brigadier general.

Sometimes a picture is worth 11,000 words.At first glance, this looks like any normal drawing of Benjamin Harrison. But ...
09/30/2019

Sometimes a picture is worth 11,000 words.

At first glance, this looks like any normal drawing of Benjamin Harrison. But look closer at this pen and ink sketch, and you see the lines are actually finely written words. These words tell a brief history of Harrison's life.

Artist: Morris Diamond

Benjamin Harrison was elected Court Reporter of the Indiana Supreme Court in 1860. While serving in the Union Army in Oc...
09/27/2019

Benjamin Harrison was elected Court Reporter of the Indiana Supreme Court in 1860. While serving in the Union Army in October 1864, he was re-elected to the position by 20,000 votes. He would go on to serve four more years.

09/26/2019
Indy Do Day

Indy Do Day

Rotary Club of Indianapolis is at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site checking in on their #indydoday project.

Wow, look at that crowd! Thanks for stopping by!
09/26/2019

Wow, look at that crowd! Thanks for stopping by!

This past weekend CAC After School Programs hosted their City Hike and BBQ. Scouts walked to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site to learn about the 23rd president. They ended their hike at Martin Luther King Memorial Park for BBQ!

#CACImpact

It's National Voter Registration Day! Here are some things you can do to be ready to vote in the next election:🗳️ Regist...
09/24/2019

It's National Voter Registration Day! Here are some things you can do to be ready to vote in the next election:

🗳️ Register to vote. You can do so by visiting vote.gov, your local DMV, or your local voter registration site.

🗳️ Find your polling place. The Presidential Site is a polling place for the Old Northside. Visit your city or state's website to find yours.

🗳️ Remember that your voice is important. As President Benjamin Harrison said, "Independency of thought is the first requisite of the responsible citizen.”

Now, get #VoteReady with us. You can find more resources and answers to any questions you may have at nationalvoterregistrationday.org.

Happy first day of Autumn! 🍂☕ 🥧 Fall into the season by taking a tour of the Presidential Site. From political memorabil...
09/23/2019

Happy first day of Autumn! 🍂☕ 🥧 Fall into the season by taking a tour of the Presidential Site. From political memorabilia to historic fashion, the mansion boasts many of the Harrison family's paintings, furniture and other artifacts. Plus, you only have a few more months to experience our two special exhibits: Presidential Humor and Glitz & Glamour. Don't miss out!

We are open Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., and Sunday from 12 - 3:30 p.m.

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

Telephone

(317) 631-1888

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