March 30, 2012 – Vincennes, IN –
William Henry Harrison became the President of the United States, served as an army general in the War of 1812, and was the first governor of the Indiana Territory in Vincennes.
How did he become such an accomplished and ambitious man? What lessons can we learn today about public service and aspiring to greatness?
These are the questions that will be explored by Dr. Henrik Booraem, author of A Child of the Revolution: William Henry Harrison and His World, 1773-1798, at Grouseland Foundation’s Annual Dinner, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Vincennes.
According to Booraem, although Harrison was a “Virginian on the Ohio Valley frontier … Harrison was different from most … His best friends were Northern; he married a Northern girl; and he left Virginia partly because he disapproved of its religious and social values.” Booraem continues, “Harrison’s main interests included fighting the British whose troops had destroyed his family plantation when he was a child, and studying the Indians of the Northwest,” about whom he would write “a definitive history.” Dr. Booraem’s book on Harrison’s early life is forthcoming in May through Kent State University Press, and pre-orders will be sold at the dinner. Booraem teaches American history in the Philadelphia area and has authored numerous books about American presidents.
Grouseland Foundation preserves and operates Harrison’s Indiana Territorial Mansion, “Grouseland,” in Vincennes, Indiana. Grouseland’s Annual Dinner highlights the Foundation’s mission of preserving Harrison’s historic home but also in educating and inspiring the public to discover Indiana’s rich and significant past.
The Annual Dinner will take place in the Green Activities Center on the campus of Vincennes University, which is adjacent to Grouseland, located at 3 West Scott Street in Vincennes. A pre-dinner reception will be offered on the lawn at Grouseland at 5:30 PM on April 17, followed by the dinner and program at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $25.00 in advance or $30.00 at the door. The reception is an additional $10.00, and reservations are required for both.
Please refer all interview requests to Daniel Sarell, Executive Director, Grouseland Foundation. Call (812) 882-2096, or email Grouseland@sbcglobal.net.