A Victorian Christmas in Indianapolis

Today, at the President Benjamin Harrison Home in Indianapolis, a Christmas tree will be lit to mark the beginning of the Indianapolis museum‘s Victorian-theme Christmas, lasting through December 30. The Harrison Home’s Christmas tree on display is a replica of the one that the presidential couple placed in the White House in 1889, making them the very first family to decorate a Christmas tree in that auspicious building.

Some of the original decorations for the Harrison Christmas tree in the White House included painted wooden soldiers. For four decades, the Harrison home has invited greater Indianapolis children and visitors to come and make new soldier decorations for this very special tree.

Ever hear of a “feather tree?” One of the charming German traditions of Central Indiana during the Harrison era was to make Christmas trees out of goose feathers which had been dyed green. Six of these uniquely novel “feather trees” will be on display in the Harrison Home as well for the Victorian-theme Christmas event.

In conjunction with the dates for the Victorian-theme Christmas display at the Harrison Home, the Indianapolis museum is presenting a fascinating exhibit of political cartoons called “The Role of Caricature in Political Persuasion, 1862-1912.”

The magnificent President Benjamin Harrison Home, an important piece of Indianapolis history in its own right, is open to the public for guided tours and many special Indianapolis events. Some of these include “Victorian Theatre by Candlelight,” the annual Ice Cream Social, “President’s Day: Live from Delaware Street” and Benjamin Harrison Day. The facility is located in the middle of the Indianapolis downtown sector, just off the famous Indianapolis Monument Circle.

Put a visit to the President Benjamin Harrison Home on your family’s list of “things to do in Indianapolis this Christmas.”

“Victorian-Themed Christmas”
November 20 – December 30, 2009

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Home
230 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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