News Release from the North Manchester Historical Society

Event Date:  April 9, 2018

For More Information, Contact Mary Chrastil, 260-982-0672 or



First Lady Caroline Harrison at the NM Historical Society

The North Manchester Historical Society is pleased to announce that its April program will feature Elaine Sholty, who will represent Caroline Scott Harrison, the first wife of President Benjamin Harrison, the only President from Indiana.  The program will be presented on Monday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Room of Timbercrest Senior Living Community, 2201 East Street. 


According to Mary Chrastil, Historical Society President, historical reenactors are among the most popular programs the society presents.  “We expect this program to be excellent.  Ms. Sholty volunteers monthly as a museum docent and in first person as Caroline Scott Harrison at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis. She’s an expert on the Harrisons, and we should learn many interesting facts that most of us may not know.”


Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison (1832 – 1892), was a teacher of music, the wife of Benjamin Harrison and mother of two surviving children.  After his election as President of the United States, she was First Lady of the United States from 1889 until her death.  She secured funding for an extensive renovation of the White House and oversaw the work.  Interested in history and preservation, in 1890 she helped found the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and served as its first President General.


Elaine Sholty is a life member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. She serves on the Indiana DAR Board as Corresponding Secretary, is a NSDAR National Vice Chair of Historic Preservation, and is an Honorary Regent of the Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter, NSDAR in Indianapolis. As an active volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America the past 31 years, she has served at all levels, including the Crossroads of America Council BSA Board. She was honored as one of the “Top 100 Scout Leaders in 100 years” in Indiana and has received the BSA national award for Service to Youth. She is a past Senior President of the Old Glory Society, Children of the American Revolution and currently serves as Indiana State C.A.R. Senior Registrar.


The program is free and suitable for all ages.  Please join us for an interesting and informative program.

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Caroline Scott Harrison