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New Exhibit, “The Night Indianapolis Roared,” comes to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

History buffs, get ready! A new exhibit, highlighting the night President Benjamin Harrison won his party’s nomination for President of the United States, is coming to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.

Allison BakerNew Century Curator, Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, tells us more.


On June 25th, 1888, the news flashed across the city, with voices swelling together into a roar of excitement. Only six decades after its founding, Indianapolis had cause for jubilation as one of its own stepped into the national spotlight. This astonishing story is explored by “The Night Indianapolis Roared!”, detailing the unexpected turn of events in a single day as one of the city’s most highly respected citizens, Benjamin Harrison, won his party’s nomination for President. 

The exhibit will showcase the intertwining timelines, lives, and occurrences of June 25th, 1888, and showcase memorable items from Harrison’s campaign and nomination, highlight his diverse base of support from across the community, and revisit the spontaneous celebratory parade, using primary resources and personal accounts. 

Presidential Site president and CEO Charlie Hyde said, “This was an exceptional moment in Indianapolis’ history. In a bicentennial year, as we seek to be more just and equitable in embracing our fellow citizens, this exhibit is all the more timely. There is special value in looking at what has helped bring our community together over the past two centuries, and these moments of shared celebration give us reason for renewed hope.”

The exhibit opens Friday, January 29 in the Welcome Center of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site at [1230 North Delaware St., Indianapolis], with a special Member Reception on the evening of January 28.

“The Night Indianapolis Roared!” will run through November 7, 2021.

To experience the new exhibit, guests may visit the Special Exhibit Gallery in the Welcome Center seven days a week during tour hours (check website for current availability). It is also included with the purchase of a daily ticket to the Presidential Site which includes a guided 75 minute tour of the national historic landmark and access to special exhibits. Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for active military, veterans and seniors, $7 for children 5-17 & college students with ID, free for members and children ages 4 and under. Due to current public health restrictions, advanced tickets should be reserved at  

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