Lunch & Learn, Wed., Feb 20, 11:30 a.m. Speaker: Ray Boomhower, Indiana Historical Society Program: Benjamin Harrison Provided entree: Roasted Pork Loin Adults of all ages welcome. Bring $2 and a dish to share.
Calvary's Adult Ministry monthly Lunch & Learn was held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 in the Narthex. After a tasty lunch featuring roasted port loin, Deaconess Emily Spelde lead the festivities with the announcements, birthday celebrations and prayers.
Our guest speaker was Ray Boomhower from the Indiana Historical Society. Ray is senior editor at the Indiana Historical Society Press, where he has edited the Society's quarterly history magazine Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History since 1999.
Ray gave an entertaining presentation on Indiana's own Benjamin Harrison. After serving as a Union Army general during the civil war, Harrison began his career as a lawyer in his adopted state of Indiana, moving to Indianapolis in 1854. Indiana played a critical role in national elections during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, furnishing presidential and vice presidential candidate for the two major parties. Harison became America's twenty-third president in 1888, winning the election over incumbent Grover Cleveland. Although he served for only one term, he had some impressive achievements during his four years in the White House, including the Sherman Antitrust Act, protecting voting rights for African American citizens, preserving millions of acres for forest preserves and national parks, modernized the American Navy, and trade agreements with other Western Hemisphere countries.
After serving as president, Harrison returned to Indianapolis, resuming his role as one of the city's leading citizens. He died from pneumonia on March 13, 1901, at his home on North Delaware Street. His home is now open to the public as the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.
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