Benjamin Harrison is not only the first president of the United States whose voice was recorded, he remains the only politician from Indiana to have attained our nation's highest office. Harrison, a Republican, served for one term, 1889-1893. A highlight of a relatively uneventful administration was his signing of the Sherman anti-trust act. Aug. 20 is Harrison's 176th birthday and there will be a celebration from noon-6 p.m. at the Harrison Home, 1230 N. Delaware St. Bring the family for free cake and tours -- and be sure to sign a greeting card for Indiana's one and (so far) only prez. Info: pbhh.org.
To contine the birthday celebration, Crown Hill Cemetery will host President Benjamin Harrison's Wreath Laying Ceremony Aug. 22 at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will begin with a concert by the Crossroads of America Boy Scout Band and Christopher Barnthouse will serve as master of ceremonies. Brigadier Gen. Frank Cipolla, deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army, will bring greetings from President Barack Obama and will place the president's wreath at Harrison's monument. The general will be joined by the Indiana Society Sons of the American Revolution, the Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Indiana DAR State Regent, as well as others. The free event will take place at Harrison's gravesite on Section 13. A free one-hour public walking tour, "President Harrison and Heritage Tour," will take place immediately following the ceremony and will depart from Harrison's monument. Also following the ceremony will the placement of an official plaque at the gravesite of Patsey Wilson Patterson, a "Real Daughter" of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in Section 3 of Crown Hill Cemetery. Crown Hill is located at 700 W. 38th St. Info: 317-920-2726 or www.crownhill.org.