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 email@example.com, or leave a comment on our Facebook page.
Looking for a terrific Christmas gift for that friend or loved one interested in local history? The BCHS will be hosting a special book signing and sale of Arcadia Publishing and The History Press authors on Saturday, November 15 from noon until 4:00 pm.
Authors Scott Fowler, Richard Piland, Richard O Jones and Bill Oeters will be in the society’s Randall Research Center to meet and greet visitors.
They will have the following local books for sale during the event.
• Images of America: LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park (Scott Fowler)
• Images of Modern America: Fantasy Farm Amusement Park (Scott Fowler)
• Images of America: Miami and Erie Canal (Bill Oeters and Nancy Gulick)
• Legendary Locals of Hamilton (Richard N. Piland)
• Hamilton’s Historic Public Schools, 1850-2010 (Richard N. Piland)
• Cincinnati’s Savage Seamstress: The Shocking Edythe Klumpp Murder Scandal (Richard O Jones)
• Hamilton! Horrors Chapbook Collection (Richard O Jones)
The 2014 edition of Night at the Museum will be on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Come join your friends for a night of fun and intrigue. Let the super sleuth in you go to work as you solve riddles and use clues to find “hidden meanings” in the Museum’s collection. Prizes are awarded for those solving the most riddles. Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014 Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Where: Butler County Historical Society
327 N. Second Street
Hamilton, OH 45011
Tickets: $25 a person or $40 a couple
Please make checks payable to BCHS and mail to the above address or tickets will also be available at the door. For more information call the BCHS at 513-896-9930. Dress is casual and beverages, beer, wine and light food will be provided.
Since its founding in 1934, the Butler County Historical Society (BCHS) has preserved the rich heritage of our community. A variety of local programs,
constantly changing exhibits, lectures and traveling exhibits reach various audiences throughout the area.
The BCHS serves as a unique link between today and our community’s past. It must be sustained for future generations and it takes resources to accomplish this goal.
Through the generosity of many, the BCHS has an endowment fund dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the Society’s operations and programming.
Currently, over 70 percent of our operating expenses are funded by the endowment. We would not be able to operate without these funds.
Over the years, the BCHS Endowment Fund has been the generous recipient of outright gifts or bequests in wills or living trusts. At the August Board of Trustees meeting, the Board established The BCHS Legacy Society. You can designate that a portion of your estate be gifted to the BCHS endowment fund upon your death through your will or trust agreement. The gift could be a dollar amount or a percentage of your estate.
At it implies, a Legacy Gift is a future gift and allows you to use your monies/funds for your needs during your lifetime.
The 2014 edition of Night at the Museum will be on Thursday, October 23, 2014.
Come join your friends for a night of fun and intrigue. Let the super sleuth in you go to work as you solve riddles and use clues to find “hidden meanings” in the Museum’s collection. Prizes are awarded for those solving the most riddles.
- Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
- Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
- Where: Butler County Historical Society
- 327 N. Second Street
- Hamilton, OH 45011
- Tickets: $25 a person or $40 a couple
Please make checks payable to BCHS and mail to the above address or tickets will also be available at the door. For more information call the BCHS at 513-896-9930.
Dress is casual and beverages, beer, wine and light food will be provided.
Blount will discuss how boosters depicted it as an “avenue of travel between the winter playgrounds of Florida and the summer resorts of Michigan.” Others called it, “a great highway from Michigan to Florida.” Long distance drivers now prefer other highways, but the name survives in Middletown, Hamilton, Fairfield and other communities.
No registration required. For details, call 894-7158. The Hamilton Lane Library is located at 300 N. Third St.
For more information about this and other programs at the Lane Libraries, please call
894-6557 or visit the Lane website at www.lanepl.org.Photo: Dixie Highway looking south, 1919. Cummins Collection, Lane Library.
While the heavy fighting was going on in Gettysburg and in Vicksburg, Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan brought the Southern rebellion to the Midwest with a bold race through Indiana and Southwestern Ohio on July 13, 1863.
With a fall season themed “”Hard Road to Liberty: Ohio and the Civil War ,” the Colligan History Project will host a panel discussion, “Memorializing John Hunt Morgan & the 1863 Ohio-Indiana Raid,” to discuss Morgan’s legacy.
Matthew Smith will host the program featuring Hamilton historian Jim Blount; Lester Horwitz and David L. Mowery, independent scholars; and G. Michael Pratt, Professor of Anthropology, Miami University.
- Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7.30 pm, Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton.
- Free public event. Reception to follow.
- Conferral of a special Jim Blount History Educator Award upon Richard O Jones
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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”