2017 Annual Report

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A n n u a l R e p o r t 2 0 17 A Year in Review

M I S SI ON The mission of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is to share the life stories, arts and culture of an American President to increase public participation in the American system of self-government.

A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Thousands of school children every year come to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site to better understand the legacy of an American president who personally dedicated himself to public service, and embodied many of the highest traits of leadership. Not only did Benjamin Harrison establish the national forests, but he also promoted the adoption of the pledge of allegiance and started the tradition of flags being flown in front of schools and public buildings. He was outspoken in his advocacy for African-American civil rights, doing right by our veterans, protecting the rights of business owners against monopolies, and the importance of a two-ocean navy for national defense. These signal accomplishments are worth celebrating-and sharing. To think about each of those students one by one by one-as young citizens looking for direction-getting to visit the home of a US president, it reminds me of how truly exceptional this place is. They are exploring, absorbing, and experiencing a place of both local relevance and national significance that will positively influence their futures. We're doing important work together, and this year exemplifies the bright opportunities we have yet before us. Our In Pursuit of State Pride initiative has served thousands of economically-challenged students from across Marion County, meeting over 30 state education standards in a one day field trip and giving them access to historic resources otherwise outside their school's budgets. Future Presidents of America youth leadership camp continues to build individual confidence, civic literacy, and good citizenship by engaging students in a series of lectures, debates, and hands-on encounters with United States culture and history-and it has an opportunity in the coming year to become a national model of success. The new Harrison documentary, A President at the Crossroads, has aired to hundreds of thousands of households across Indiana and beyond. Our innovative 3D initiative is attracting interest from coast to coast. And programs like the Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series continue to raise our national profile. This October at the Advancing American Democracy Awards, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said: "By sharing the remarkable stories of our country's past, our youngest citizens are better prepared for its future. The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site bears this torch for good citizenship like no other, helping light the fire in the hearts of a new generation." Thank you for your past support in 2017. We will continue to do our part to lay cornerstones for solid foundations, and provide a new generation of students with the enhanced educational experiences that will "light the fire" in their hearts. Very sincerely yours,

“The legacy of Harrison is important because there aren’t many examples of unselfish leaders.� __Stan Hurt, Honorary Board of Directors

Charles A. Hyde, President & CEO

FUTURE PRESIDENTS OF AMERICA In June, we welcomed the 2017 class of Future Presidents of America. Over the course of five days, they impressed us with their creativity and tenacity. This is one example of the fine thinking and perspective these young leaders brought to their experience.

A F uture P resident’s E ulogy

for the

23 rd P resident

By Adeline L. , class of 2017

Under the green grass And in the dirt Our fine General Harrison Has become part of our earth But please do not mourn his loss For celebrate instead Celebrate the life he gave us Celebrate the citizens he made us Celebrate the person that led us Who now lays on his on his death bed He fought as a general He fought for the North And though we struggled through times He continued to move us forth He also served as president And he gave us great ideas In Indiana he was resident Where he began showing us, the person he is So as our legacy and in our mind General Harrison led us up until his time He was a legacy and led us all He watched us build up and watched us fall He gave us hope and a place to call home He took our country and made it our own



The Presidential Pets exhibit takes over the ballroom!



Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site





It was a “wicket� good time at the Wicket World of Croquet.

The Independence Day Social was filled with ice cream and patriotic fun!




Future Presidents of America alumni present the Advancing American Democracy Award to Paula Kerger and Lloyd Wright


Carrying on the tradition, the home was beautifully decorated for Christmas.

April 21, 22, 28, 29, 30 May 5, 6, 2017



Most Merry

Be n j a m in H a r r i s on Pr e side n t i a l S i t e

“I am an ardent believer in the duty we owe ourselves at Christmas to make merry for children at Christmas time.� __President Benjamin Harrison

OUR VOLUNTEE RS We could not accomplish all that we do without the dedication, talent and enthusiasm of our wonderful corps of volunteers. From special events to tours of the home to assisting with collections, our volunteers are essential assets to fulfilling the mission of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.

“I love history, I love to talk, I love people, and the other volunteers are great. There’s not a stinker among them!” __Jan, Volunteer

“Going to other museums, they’re not as personal and the [Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site] is a little closer to their experience.”

__Mrs. Dinkel, 3rd Grade Teacher

A PRESIDENT AT THE CROSSROADS As part of a generous grant from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development and in partnership with WFYI Public Media, a 60-minute documentary on Benjamin Harrison aired October 19, 2017 on WFYI. QUICK LINK: Stream online at http://bit.ly/PresAtXroads

“The number one goal for staff should be creating conversations about Benjamin Harrison, which means creating conversations about Harrison beyond the venue.”

__Dan Evans, Advisory Board Member


Memorials & Memorials & Donations Donations $4,206 $4,206

Development Income INCOME

Admissions Admissions $65,503 $65,503

Special Events Special Events $116,465 $116,465

Grants Grants $465,967 $465,967

Annual Fund Annual Fund $118,137 $118,137

Operating Operating $133,019 $133,019

Development Expenses

EXPENSES Fundraising, including events 18%

Management & General 25%

Operations & Education 57%

MATCHING GIFTS Eli Lilly and Company Lacy Foundation Lilly Endowment, Inc. Strada Education Network United Way of Central Indiana

A SPE CIA L THA NK YOU TO ALL O F OU R D ONORS your support makes all of this possible FOUNDATION SUPPORT Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc. Arbutus Garden Club, Inc. Arthur Jordan Foundation Arts Council of Indianapolis Ball Brothers Foundation Central Indiana Community Foundation Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Indiana Arts Commission Indiana Humanities Indiana Office of Tourism Development Indiana Youth Institute Indianapolis Garden Club Junior League of Indianapolis Lilly Endowment Inc. Marion County Master Gardener Association Nicholas H. Noyes Jr., Memorial Foundation Inc. The Wing Arts and Humanities Fund

GIFTS IN SUPPORT OF EDUCATION INITIATIVES Gracia E. Johnson Foundation Mrs. Georgianne Neal Ms. Andrea Neal Precision Rings Incorporated The Wing Arts and Humanities Fund

SPONSORS AND EVENT PARTNERS American Behavioral Counseling Brandt Construction Inc. Centaur Gaming Ruth Ann Dorn The Emily Charitable Fund Gregory & Appel Indiana Energy Association, Inc. King Park Development Corporation The Kroger Corporation Lacy Foundation Lumatic Imagery MOLLUS - Indiana Commandery National Bank of Indianapolis Natural Lawn of America Pacers Sports & Entertainment Peine Engineering PLOW Digital LLC Ratio Architects REI Real Estate Services, LLC. Rowland Printing Margaret Sallee Dr. Gene E. Sease Sease, Gerig & Associates Sun King Brewing Strada Education Network Donald and Juanita Tanselle Teachers Credit Union Visit Indy David Willkie


The Dorsey Foundation, Inc. Stan and Sandy Hurt Charles and Samantha Hyde Johnson-Weaver Foundation Howard J. Lacy, IV Philip McGeath Andrea Neal Georgianne Neal Douglas C. Rose Mary R Stevens Revocable Trust Donna and David Wing


Elaine and Eric Bedel David and Robin Geis Brian and Veronica Hewitt Eric and Janet Holcomb Gene and Joanne Sease David Willkie


William and Tiffany Browne Robert and Mary Christianson Rosemary Dorsa Daniel Evans Alvin and Sara Haley Tom and Brenda Huston Jamia Jasper Jacobsen Gary Larreategui and Patricia Scahill Susanah M. Mead Boris E. Meditch James T. Morris Joseph Morsman Kimball Harrison Morsman and Ingrid Morsman Donna M. Oklak Old National Bank Maribeth H. Rose Trust Margaret Sallee David and Donna Sease Jack and Susanne Sogard James Wallis William and Roberta Witchger


Nancy A. Ahrbecker Michael Alley Anonymous Batt Family Foundation Susan C. Bradford Julianne and Will Brainard Gene and Barbara Busche Thomas P. Ewbank Dennis and Jill Faulkenberg Jonathan Jessup Jim and Nancy Johnson J. Scott Keller John L. Krauss and Marnie Maxwell Larry S. Landis Kate Marvel and Cornelius Martin Ralph G. Nowak Peter Oren Andrew J. Paine Jr. Anne Neal Petri Susanne Ridlen Rod and Ann Taylor Curt Reisinger Tobey Mike Wells


Lori Efroymson-Aguilera and Sergio Aguilera Carolyn and Terry Anker Gilbert and Barbara Cook Barnes Eleanor D. Bookwalter Rose Schnell-Cole and John Cole Charles Corbin and Mary Kummings Jeffrey and diane Crabtree Thomas Craveiro Richard and Helen Dickinson Bill and Edie Enright Steven Fero Phyllis W. Geeslin James A. Glass George Frank Holland II


Charles and Cathy Husman Alan and Joy Hyde Indiana DAR, Inc. Conrad and Marjorie Johnston James and Jeanne Madison Robert and Natalie Manges Elizabeth N. Mann Charles and Karen Meyer Virginia H. Morsman Julanne and Mark Sausser William and Laura Selm Justice Randall Shepard Elaine Sholty Sherry Nagel-Smith and James Douglas Smith Veigh and Barbara Summers Nancy Sutton Laura and John Thorsen John and Janice Williams Gretchen Wolfram Theodore and Peggy Boehm


Jeff Alexander Robert and Kristin Altice Michael and Sue Back Richard and Katherine Badertscher Susie Hendricks Bailey Robin Bankhead Sarah C. Barney Michael R. Bilderback and Silvia CamposBilderback Nancy Bradford Martha A. Buehner Dick Butler and Jamie Street Butler Philip and Roberta Caito John D. Carvey John Chlapik John Terrence Cody John and Sarah Coleman David Cook Oren Cooley Michael and Catherine Coscia Ed and Gracia-Jean Darling

William H. Dick, M.D. Brent Dickson and Jan Aikman Dickson Ruth Ann Dorn Whitney M. Ebmeyer Theodore and Ann Engel Thomas and Maribeth Zay Fischer Benjamin Frank Paul and Beth Gaylo Louis and Beverly Gerig Lynda Goeke and Don Katz Marilyn Goeke Jeffrey Golden Marisol Gouveia George Haerle Marion Haerle Ellis F. Hall III Tyler Harrison Betty V. Harrison Thomas G. Harvey, Jr. James R. Hebden Marilyn L. Hoffman Ken and Georgia Hottell James and Anita Johnson Rex M. Joseph Jr. Barton L. Kaufman John D. Kelley A. D. Kneessy Jason and Jodi Konesco Lee Lange and Ted Planje Deborah A. Lawrence

ANNUAL FUND HONOR ROLL R E PRESENTATIVE (continued) Charles and Lisa Liles Donald and Lou Anne Lindemann Tom and Sally Lugar W Keith Luse Kurt and Linda Mahrdt Karen Mandel Lisa McDaniel Jim and Janie McDonald Michael J. McQuillen Dan and Karen Millar F. Carl Miller Jr. John and Rosalie Molloy Phillip G. Mosbaugh Paul and Hope Neal Dorothy A. Neal Charles and Cindy Oehrle Max F. Page Ann Pantzer Robin-Elizabeth Parsley Mick and Debbie Peek William and Virginia Percifield Thomas and Peggy Perrone Brent Pierce Tanya Rawson Barbara Riordan Janet C. Roberts Pat Garrett Rooney Priscilla Ruddell Peter Rusthoven and Erin Roth Joel A. Samson Thomas A. Sargent Carolyn A. Sharp James and Irma Shields Mary Durbin and Roy Sparks Clay W. Stuckey Mr. Dave Stuhldreher James Sundahl Linda D. Swanson Richard and Sue Ann Tempero Robert L. Trimpl Angela Tuell Daniel and Barbara Waggoner Brad Walker Jane T. Walker Lisa Wallace Joan Wolf Susan Woodhouse Nikki Woodson Julie Yeater


Judith M. Allen Jeffrey D. Arnold Bruce Batts Barbara Beety Bidwell Family Association Jonathan and Barbara Binkley Sandra L. Blake Joseph E. Boling Rick and Theresa Bonar Chic and Brenda Born Bruce Bowman Christopher Bowman Pat Breault Robert and Nina Butler Cynthia S. Cameron Katherine Carlton Robinson Megan Childers Jeanne Clark Robert P. Connelly Michael S. Cooper Cheryl Pleak Copeland and Michael Copeland Chelsea Courtney Chelsea Trebs Cowan Richard O. Creedon Carol A. Crews Samuel Crimmins Jeffrey E. Cummings Diana W. Davis Sue Day Colleen G. Delaney Joann Digennaro Raymond and Donna Doherty Michael E. Duffy


Jane Everitt Richard R. Fleck James Fredrick Phyllis Garvey Richard Glanzman Bradley Glazier Bethany Gosewehr Kimberly Gulley Linda Haas Carla Hall John F. Hanley George R. Hanlin Arnold M. Harrison Nancy J. Harvey Elizabeth R. Haskett Elizabeth Hathaway Robert F. Henderson Jr. Gregg Herke Scott and Alice Herrin Mary Lou Hicks JoAnne Hill Doug and Jennifer Hodge Jayne and Larry Hoffman Susan Holewinski Mary Jean Holwager Donna Wolfe Hoy Robert E. Ireland Sharon Iverson Jim and Barbara James Ben and Cheryl Keckler Leah Ketcham Jeanne Kiley Susanne and Gerry LaFollette Beverly Lang

Allen and Marsha Langdon Peggy Leveque Beverly K. Lewis Judith A Lombardo Richard G. Lugar Serita A. Lux Rex A. Martin Allen and Dorie Maxwell Anthony May Christina McKee James H. Meindl Larry Messing Lynn Molzan Joshua Moore Rebecca Moore Wendy Moron Timothy Moroney Seth Musselman William L. Mynatt Pamela A. Oldham D. Greg Palmer Marjorie Peschau Nelson Price George F. Rapp Rodney and Denise Retzner Bertha L. Richardson John F. Rothman Peggy Sargent Michael and Mary Kathleen Schneider Nancy Shields Tracey A. Shriver Fred and Linda Siktberg Jamie Simek Elizabeth Ann Smith Pearson Smith Jeffrey R. Speirs Richard & Evalyn Steininger Jaen D. Stevenson Mark Stumme Linda Sundquist-Nassie Eugene and Mary Tempel Patrick Trefun James and Diane Urbain George R. Vaughn Dorothy K. Weaver Dennis W. White Timothy A. Whitten Cortnee Elizabeth Yarbrough Jeffrey and Margie Zaring Stephen Zimmerman

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