We have recently digitized this short piece of silent film from the Homer Gard papers in our archives. It looks to be from the Hamilton Journal News offices around 1939 or 1940. We would like to identify as many people as we can. If you know anyone in here, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment on our Facebook page.
Do you know a person or group who has made a significant contribution to interpreting local history, preserving our historical heritage, or increasing public historical understanding? If so, the Butler County Historical Society invites you to nominate them for the Distinguished Historian Award.
This award will be given at the Annual Meeting and Banquet of the Butler County Historical Society to be held November 20, 2014. We wish to recognize those who clearly demonstrate either a distinguished pattern of achievement over time or a particular accomplishment of high merit that enhances public understanding of the history of Butler County, Ohio. Previous recipients of “Historian of the Year” are eligible for this award, along with any worthy individuals who have not previously been recognized by an award.
A variety of achievements in local history could be grounds for nomination. Types of achievements include, but are not limited to, original research leading to publication in print, media or digital formats; historical website development; research that supports collections, libraries or other sources of information; developing and maintaining research collections in local history; contributions to significant historical exhibits or museums; significant historic preservation efforts; development of public history tours, organizations, sites, societies or projects; or other pertinent accomplishments.
Nominations must include the nominee’s name, address, and telephone and/or email information, and the nominator’s name and full contact information. Nominations are expected to include documentation that can be returned following the selection process. Nominations should be in the form of a letter that states a rationale for receiving the award, includes pertinent details about the nominee’s achievements, and describes and attaches examples of publications or other supporting material. Nominations may be submitted by email to email@example.com or, if accompanying documentation is substantial, sent by U. S. Mail or delivered to the address below.
The Distinguished Historian Award consists of a framed certificate, the recipient’s name inscribed on a permanent roll of awardees publicly displayed in the Randall Research Center, complimentary membership in the Society, and other considerations. An evaluation committee will review nominations, and the Board of Trustees will approve awards.
The deadline for submitting nominations is 4 p.m. October 13, 2014.
If you have questions about the nomination procedure or any other aspect of the Distinguished Historian Award, contact Kathy Creighton, Executive Director, 513-896-9930 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The U. S. Mail address is:
Butler County Historical Society
327 North Second Street
Hamilton, OH 45011
In 2009, the Butler County Historical Society (BCHS) celebrated 75 years of dedication to preserving and interpreting Butler County’s rich heritage. A non-profit organization, BCHS operates the historic Benninghofen House, a showcase of Victorian lifestyle in the industrial era featuring the elaborate furnishings and décor of a late 19th century home. BCHS manages the Olive S. and Herbert T. Randall Research Center, an archive of original and secondary materials relating to regional history. Please call (513) 896-9930 in advance of your visit. BCHS is affiliated with Heritage Hall, located nearby and displaying changing history exhibits as well as the permanent Robert McCloskey Collection. To learn more about Heritage Hall, call (513) 737-5958.
The Second Annual Special Collections Lecture will feature three Freedom Summer participants who will share their stories and discuss the impact of Freedom Summer. “Telling Our Stories: Building the Freedom Summer Legacy” will be presented on Friday, Oct. 10, in Room 320, King Library on the campus of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, from 4 to 6 p.m. The program will begin at 4:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow, during which attendees are invited to view the accompanying exhibit and speak with the panelists.
Carol Gross Colca, Roland Duerksen, and Mark Levy all participated in the events of Freedom Summer in 1964, and all have donated personal papers from that experience to the Freedom Summer Archive in the Western College Memorial Archives. Their donations are highlighted in the fall exhibit, Stories of Freedom Summer from the Western College Memorial Archives, in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections exhibit gallery. The exhibit runs through December 12, 2014, and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The program will lead off a weekend of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, including a reunion of participants followed by the national conference 50 Years After Freedom Summer: Understanding the Past, Building the Future, October 13-14.
For more information on the Annual Special Collections Lecture, see http://spec.lib.miamioh.edu/home/annual-lecture/ .
The Journal-News is reporting that with construction work already underway, Lane Library officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony Monday for the new Oxford branch facility on Locust Street at the site of the former Wal-Mart.
The new location will not only house the usual Lane Library operations, but will also serve as a new home for the Smith Library of Regional History.
“The Smith Library will have adequate space for its collections, users and staff,” said Valerie Elliott, manager of the Smith Library of Regional History, a division of the Lane Libraries, but operating separately from the Oxford branch.
- “Both Sides Now: Looking North from the American Midwest”
- “Why the Seven Years’ War is Worth Remembering”
- “Original Intentions: Rethinking the American Founding”
Last Friday, the Benninghofen house got a good dusting and some more work done on the textiles collection as a group of students from Butler Tech’s School for the Arts came by to lend a hand. A group was also at Heritage Hall helping them get ready for their big move to the third floor. None of them had been to the museum before, but they loved it so much that some of them have offered to come back and do some more volunteer work.
The Michael J. Colligan History Project will continue its public history series in Hamilton, focusing on “Hard Road to Liberty: Ohio and the Civil War.”
- Sept. 16, The Fight Against Slavery: Lessons From History, 7 p.m., Miami Hamilton Downtown Center. Kelli Johnson, Professor of English at Miami University Hamilton, will explore nineteenth-century abolitionism and its relevance in the fight to eliminate slavery and human trafficking in the twenty-first century.
- Oct. 7, Memorializing John Hunt Morgan and the 1863 Ohio-Indiana Raid, 7:30 p.m., Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. A panel discussion moderated by Matthew Smith, Miami’s Department of History. Panelists are: Jim Blount, Hamilton Historian; Lester Horwitz and David L. Mowery, Independent Scholars and Dr. Michael Pratt, Dean of Miami University’s College of Professional Studies & Applied Sciences.
- Oct. 29, John E. Dolibois History Prize Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Parrish Auditorium. Featured speaker James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of History, Emeritus from Princeton University. He received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom. McPherson will discuss Ohioans on slavery and emancipation in the Civil War.
- Nov. 13, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, 7:30 p.m., Parrish Auditorium. The Emmy nominated signature sound of this acoustic duo has been featured on radio, television and film, including Ken Burns’ PBS documentary “The Civil War,” “A Prairie Home Companion” and the films “Legends of the Fall” and “Brother’s Keeper.” This program is co-sponsored with the Miami Regionals Artist Series. Tickets are free but required. To reserve tickets, call (513) 785-3277.
The Michael J. Colligan History Project is a joint undertaking of the Colligan Fund Committee of the Hamilton Community Foundation and Miami University Hamilton. For more information call (513) 785-3277 or visit www.colliganproject.org. Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd.
Kelli Lyon Johnson, Miami University Hamilton, English
Tuesday, September 16 @ 7pm
Miami Hamilton Downtown, 221 Robinson-Schwenn Bldg
Hailed as the first human rights movement, the fight for abolition of slavery and the slave trade is an inspiration for freedom struggles today and relevant to the fight to eliminate slavery and human trafficking in the 21st century. Because slavery and trafficking are now illegal in every country, the continuing battle for human freedom can no longer focus solely on abolition.
This event is presented in cooperation with the Department of Justice and Community Studies and Criminal Justice Week, which this year focuses on the issues of slavery and human trafficking. Kelli has curated an exhibition on display at Miami Hamilton Downtown through September: “If I got a chance to talk to the World”: Stories of Modern Day Slavery. This exhibition presents stories told by survivors of modern-day slavery, showcasing the stories of survivors often described as “silent” or “invisible.”
- Free public event and exhibition. Reception to follow.