The BCHS will be honored for its comprehensive “Over There, Over Here, Butler County in the Great War” exhibit and supporting educational programs during the annual meeting and conference of the Ohio Local History Alliance to be held in Dublin, Ohio, October 6. The award will be given in recognition of the society’s “Outstanding Achievement in the category of Historic Outreach Exhibits and Displays, Budget Category Over $25,000.” The award honors competitively selected projects that are judged to have educational content which contributes to the promotion and understanding of local and state history.
The Ohio Local History Alliance is a network of local historical societies, history museums, archives, libraries, genealogical societies and historic preservation groups throughout Ohio involved in collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history. It is a partner of the Ohio History Connection and the only statewide organization for local history. It began recognizing excellent history programs, projects and publications since 1960.
This is the second consecutive year in which the historical society’s exhibits and programs have been honored by the History Alliance. In 2017, the society’s comprehensive “Native American Cultures of the Miami Valley” exhibit and programs were recognized for its “Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Local History in Ohio.”
The award winning World War I exhibit is still on view at the historical society’s Benninghofen House Museum at 327 N. Second Street, Hamilton. It covers the early years of the war through America’s entry into the conflict in 1917; the early war bond issues and the departure of Butler County boys for training camps to become soldiers and officers. Much of the focus is on the war efforts at home to conserve and produce food, fuel and other materials for the war effort. Many of the stories of Butler County men and women who served during the war are highlighted in the exhibit.
The Butler County Historical Society, a private non-profit formed in 1934, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Group tours of the Benninghofen House Museum can be arranged by calling 896-9930.