Grouseland launches “First Families” heritage education program

Vincennes, Indiana – March 15, 2011 – Families helped shape the early history of Indiana and many of those families lived in Vincennes.  Is your family among those “First Families”?

That is the question that the Grouseland Foundation seeks to answer through a new heritage education outreach program. The goal of “First Families” is to identify descendants from three categories related to the history of the William Henry Harrison Mansion, “Grouseland,” in Vincennes, Indiana.  These categories include descendants of 1) William Henry Harrison, 2) American military and militia who served alongside Harrison at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811, and 3) descendants of pre-statehood families (before 1816) in Vincennes and Knox County.

“Being a part of First Families provides the opportunity for recognition, but most importantly, the goal is to encourage, especially among younger generations, new discovery of one’s cultural heritage and the importance of preserving it,” said Daniel Sarell, executive director of the Grouseland Foundation.

First Families will be officially launched at Grouseland’s Annual Dinner on April 5, at Vincennes University’s Green Activities Center.

First Families Recognition Society

Participation in First Families is not contingent on making a financial gift; however, families who qualify for the lineage program can be recognized in a special way by making “pooled” donations to the Friends of Grouseland Society in memory of their ancestor.  Individuals who contribute to these group gifts can also be recognized in their own name for their individual contributions.

Beyond identifying First Families, other goals of the program include raising cultural awareness by helping people discover their family connections to Vincennes and Indiana history as well as to invite descendants of First Families to participate in the mission of Grouseland:  to educate the public about William Henry Harrison and the Indiana Territory, and to preserve and promote the history of the United States.

Grouseland is the home of the 9th President of the United States, William Henry Harrison, and served as the Indiana Territory governor’s mansion from its completion in 1804 to 1812.  Grouseland is a National Historic Landmark adjacent to Vincennes University – which Harrison founded – and the legendary Wabash River.

For more information about First Families, to sign up as a qualified descendant, or to purchase advance tickets for the April 5 Dinner, call Grouseland at 812-882-2096 or email:

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