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Ben's Brigade for Kids!

Benjamin Harrison was a great man and through activities you will have the opportunity to learn more about this man who was the only president to be elected from the state of Indiana. Check the page from time to time for new activities. We have many activities to offer students in the Ben's Brigade page. Just follow the links to the right to find the different types of activities.


*In order to do these activities, you must print out the images. 








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In 2009, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor founded a website called iCivics so that we can learn about our government in a fun way! For access to her site, click here.  You do not need to register to play the games.
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Do you ever wonder what it takes to be a good citizen? In this fun and engaging 10-minute animated video students will follow Paul the Robot and Francis the Platypus as they learn the basics, click here! francis paul

Lightning strikes happen all over the world.  It happened to Benjamin Harrison IV and his two daughters on July 12, 1745, and claimed two lives.  It's never too late to learn about lightning safety.  Click here to view an "Ember911" video for safety tips.

To learn more about our national government in an entertaining manner, click here!

PBS is one of the most educational television stations and has a fun, engaging website. To learn about voting through PBS, click here! pbs-kids-logo






1888 Political Cartoon

This political cartoon appeared in "Puck" magazine, and was drawn by J. Keppler. "Puck" was a Democratic Party supporter.

"Opening of the New Republican Cafe"

1888 Political Cartoon

President Benjamin Harrison is standing in the center at the table ready to serve the gentlemen. The man behind the bar has an "M" on his tie.

The food on the table is labeled as follows:

  • fish- Minister to France
  • soup tureen behind the fish- Secretary Legation
  • bowl- Post Offices
  • hogs head- Minister to Germany
  • ribs behind hog- Minister to Great Britain
  • the three tier dish behind that holds rolls labeled- Ministers to Italy, Russia, Spain, China, Brazil, Austria, etc., and Consuls. to Rome, Berlin, Nice, Dublin, etc.

The gentlemen coming in the door include James G. Blaine, of Maine; he is the one sneaking in the back with the top hat on.

After reading the above information can you answer the following questions?

  1. Who is the man standing behind the bar, and why would he be pictured right behind President Harrison?
  2. What jobs need to be filled?
  3. Why are the men on the right pushing and clamoring to approach Harrison?
  4. Why is a table of food used to symbolize the cabinet offices?
  5. Why would titles like "Minister to France" be represented by food?
  6. Why is Harrison's hand up and why did the artist draw it so large?
  7. What group is represented by the crowd of men coming through the door?


  1. The man is Levi P. Morton of New York. He was Harrison's Vice President.
  2. Ministers to foreign countries, post office positions, etc. See description under picture of jobs listed on
  3. the food.
  4. They are competing and demanding appointments to the cabinet and other offices.
  5. The food symbolizes services of the government to the people.
  6. Political favors and appointments are sometimes refered to as "Pork- Barrel Politics".
  7. Harrison's hand is up as if to say: Stop! I am in control of this! The artist purposely drew it large to show that
  8. Harrison was the boss.
  9. They represent the Republican Party establishment.

On your own, you might want to find out more about James G. Blaine and other politicians from the 1888 period.


Make Your Own Campaign Lantern

Suppose you are a Harrison supporter. You will need:

  • A flashlight
  • Empty paper towel tube
  • A balloon
  1. You can use a balloon or make a papier-mâché balloon. The balloon will be the top of your lantern. To make a papier-mâché balloon, place a thin layer of papier-mâché tissue over a balloon. When the tissue is dry, decorate it with pictures. Puncture the balloon. The resulting opening will slide over the tube, after you have decorated it and inserted the flashlight.

  2. Decorate the outside of the tube any way you like. You might try crepe paper, streamers, or just color the tube red, white, and blue. After you have decorated your tube, insert the flashlight.
  3. Finished Product!

Activities and Teaching Guides


Teaching Guides

teaching guideA publication of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site for the museum's Education Department, "6 Essentials for Teaching Social Studies" is an insightful guide for teachers at all levels. Stories from within the Harrison home demonstrate the practical application and effectiveness of the teaching principles outlined in this book. The 32 page book is divided into six sections, each based around one of the essentials for teaching social studies. These six essentials include:

  • Use exciting content (don't be afraid to deviate)
  • Use primary source material
  • Use other disciplines and methods of delivery
  • Use open-ended questions
  • Use field trips
  • Establish boundaries


Explanations and examples of these essential principles offer philosophical and practical guidance that suggests a variety of paths teachers can take toward creating higher quality learning experiences for their students.

Cost: $10.00

To purchase or to receive additional information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 317-631-2717.


A Field Trip

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Schedule a Program and Harrison Home Tour at the special rate of $6 per student!

Students experience history firsthand when they visit the home of Indiana's only U.S. president. Programs are designed to enrich curriculum and are available for all elementary grades.



field-trip-newCall (317) 631-2717 weekdays from 9am to 5pm.
Teachers, bus drivers and one adult chaperone per 15 students are admitted free.

Each additional adult chaperone pays $8. 

Contact the Education Department for payment arrangements.


Facilities and Features

  • facilities features South lawn is available for picnics, with prior notice (tables are limited and trash bags not provided).
  • Gift Shop (Group Order Forms available).
  • Special tours for sight and hearing impaired visitors.
  • Online program materials upon request.
  • Supplementary materials to teachers for tour and program preparation.
  • Restroom Facilities: White building with brown trim is located behind the home and may be utilized before or after your visit. Please allow extra time for a restroom break.
  • Additional charge of $20 per group for lunch use of class room (due to limited availability, advanced notice is required).


Please note: The R.B. Annis Presidential Classroom accommodates up to 60 students. Larger groups at the same time on the same date must use the program and tour package ($6 per student) for a "flip-flop" in which half of the group tours while the other half has a program. A package visit lasts up to 2.5 hours.

“An American citizen could not be a good citizen who did not have a hope in his heart.” ~ Benjamin Harrison

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