Centennial Spirit 

We will consider Indiana’s first century innovators such as statesmen President Benjamin Harrison and Vice President Charles W. Fairbanks, literary giants such as James Whitcomb Riley and Booth Tarkington, and industrialists such as Col. Eli Lilly and the Ball brothers.


Sagamore Institute Headquarters

Historic Levey Mansion

2902 North Meridian Street

Indianapolis, IN 46208

*Please be informed that Sagmaore Institute's headquarters is not handicapped accessible.

Encampment will be held on the mansion lawn; choose your footwear accordingly.

General Schedule

Saturday, August 12, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Civil War encampment and professional impressions (detailed schedules below)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Indiana Conference on Citizenship “Centennial Spirit” Forum
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Governor Holcomb Pinning Ceremony
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Enjoy Civil War encampment, artillery displays, and period music

Light refreshments will be available throughout the day.

3rd Annual Indiana Conference on Citizenship Forum
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John Mutz Charles Hyde Michael B. Murphy  Jay Hein
“Booth Tarkington” “Benjamin Harrison Presidency at the Crossroads” The Kimberlins Go to War: A Union Family in Copperhead County Indiana Conference on Citizenship Welcome
Civil War Encampment

4thlightartillary.jpgExperience the days of the Civil War soldier. View the daily life of the 4th Indiana Light Artillery and 44th Indiana Infantry. Ongoing demonstrations include artillery and infantry demonstrations, 1900's cooking, rifle and pistol displays, and period music.

Watch as President Benjamin Harrison visits the troops to talk about the prosecution of the war and plans for civil war pensions and widow benefits.

Detailed Schedule
  Encampment Levey Mansion
9:00 a.m. Artillery Demonstration James Whitcomb Riley
  - 4th Indiana Light Artillery   
9:15 a.m. Infantry Demonstration
  - 44th Indiana Infantry  
10:00 a.m. 1900’s Cooking demonstration  President Benjamin Harrison
  Historic weapons display  
  - Mike Marsh  
10:30 a.m. Billy Yank  
  - Kevin Stonerock  
11:00 a.m. Infantry Demonstration President Abraham Lincoln
  - 44th Indiana Infantry  
  Historic weapons display  
  - Mike Marsh  
11:30 a.m. Artillery Demonstration  
  - 4th Indiana Light Artillery   
12:00 p.m. Visit by President Harrison.  "Railroad" Dan Cook
  - Address the troops and talk about civil war pensions. - Hoosier Brakeman and Boomer
  Historic weapons display  
  - Mike Marsh  
1:00 p.m. Historic weapons display  - Mike Marsh Indiana Conference on Citizenship “Centennial Spirit” Forum
2:00 p.m.  Historic weapons display  - Mike Marsh Governor Holcomb Pinning Ceremony
3:00 p.m. Enjoy Civil War continued encampment demonstrations and period music  
6:00 p.m. Encampment Closes Mansion Closes
 Professional Impressions


James Whitcomb Riley

Riley will share stories about his boyhood shenanigans, dancing on the medicine show, finding success in newspapers, touring with Mark Twain, and moving to Lockerbie Street the same year he wrote about Caroline Harrison (1892).

Riley will also perform readings:

  • Eulogy at Benjamin Harrison's funeral (1901)
  • Special verses commemorating the Soldiers & Sailors Monument (1902)
  • "The Raggedy Man"
  • "When the Frost is on the Punkin"
  • "Little Orphan Annie"

Sagamore- Pres Harrison.jpgPresident Benjamin Harrison

President Harrison will be sharing stories from his many years

  • The great Harrison family tradition of public service and leadership.
  • A special tribute to Pres. Harrison's grandfather Pres. William Henry Harrison.
  • A special tribute to his beloved wife Caroline Harrison.
  • The presidential campaign of 1888 - one of the most unique in American history.

lincolntears-cropped.jpgPresident Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln will tell stories of frontier life, family, law, heartbreak losing his mother and sister, Civil War tragedy, the evils of slavery, and Harrison's honor for distinguished service after the Battle of Nashville.

Lincoln will perform:

  • Brilliant Speeches
  • The Emancipation Proclamation
  • The 13th Amendment

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Hoosier Brakeman and Boomer

Kevin Stonerock portrays retired train brakeman Dan Cook. The year is 1916. Indiana is 100 years old and Dan regales the audience with his reminisces of life on the railroad and his experiences as a brakeman in the latter nineteenth and early twentieth century. 


Parking is available in the gated lot surrounding the Levey Manison. There are entrances off of 30th street, 29th street, and Illinois street. Extended parking can be found across the street on the corner of Illinois and 30th street.

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