We will be closed on Saturday, April 26 due to a conflicting history event.
Join Hamilton’s favorite historian Jim Blount, 7 p.m Thursday, May 8, as he presents “Let’s Go to the Movies: From Silent to Sound.”
Blount will visit the early silent theaters and the golden age of movies.
Come early to take a look at the Butler County Historical Society’s exhibit: “The Theaters of Butler County.”
It’s all free and open to the public. Call 513-896-9930 for more information.
Learn about our early history through the eyes of Robert McClellan — Indian fighter, soldier, trapper, explorer and member of the John J. Astor Fur Company.
The McClellans were early settlers in Hamilton and the talk will focus on life in the United States in the Early 1800s.
In his book “Perilous Paths,” author George G. McClellan seamlessly combines history, biography, and story as he narrates the early history of our country’s movement from the east to the west through the eyes of Robert McClellan as he experiences successes and failures along the way.
This story focuses on one small but important piece of the history after the Revolutionary War. It tells of real, rugged men like McClellan-a son of Ulster Scots immigrants born near Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, in 1770-who performed tasks in harsh conditions that would be considered dangerous, even foolhardy, today. Perilous Paths follows the footsteps made by McClellan from his youthful days as an army packer to his exploits as an Indian scout, army ranger, and spy. It details how he fought alongside Lewis and Clark, gained an education in reading and arithmetic for the army quartermaster corps, and then moved west to Missouri and succumbed to the lure of the unknown, entering Indian country where he trapped furs and traded with the Indians of what would eventually become the American Midwest.
Marking the trials, tribulations and hardships, this history highlights McClellan’s independence of character, the hardships he faced, and his desperate survival against unknown odds with a rugged determination to succeed.
When working on the theater exhibit, we discovered this lovely picture of Jennie Curtis. We know she acted in an Eastern stock company and was the niece of Col. George L. Phillips and cousin of Mrs. John (Jennie Beale) Grafft. We are guessing that the picture is from the late 1890s or early 1900s. Can anyone help us with information on Jennie Curtis?
We have three special programs planned for this spring that you will want to be sure to attend:
- Steven M. Nolt, professor of history at Goshen College, Indiana, and author of several well-acclaimed books about the Amish, including the 2013 publication, “The Amish”, the companion to the PBS American Experience program, will speak in Hamilton 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Butler County Historical Society’s Emma Ritchie’s Auditorium. This program is offered through the collaboration of the Butler County Historical Society, MetroParks of Butler County, and the Friends of Chrisholm and is free and open to all. This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Amish and in particular the now-extinct Amish Settlement of Butler County.
- On Wednesday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m., you will have the opportunity to learn about our early history through the eyes of Robert McClellan, when George McClellan talks on Perilous Paths, Butler County’s Role in the Westward Expansion. The McClellans were early settlers in Hamilton and the talk will focus on life in the United States in the early 1800s.
- Our Thursday, May 8, Jim Blount will present his talk “Let’s Go to the Movies: Hamilton’s Theaters from Silent to Sound.” This talk will be at 7 p.m. Plan on coming early to view the BCHS exhibit The Theaters of Butler County.
All three of the events will be in the Emma Ritchie Auditorium and are free and open to the public.
For more information, call us at 513-896-9930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.