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About Us

Mission Statement: To discover, collect, and preserve materials, structures and landmarks which may help to establish, illustrate and arouse the interest in the historical record of Butler County.

Thanks for your interest in the Butler County Historical Society. The BCHS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Butler County’s rich heritage. The mission of the BCHS is accomplished in a number if ways, including periodic history programs that feature reputable and academic speakers.

Become a member!  Click here for PDF membership application.

The BCHS operates out of the historic Benninghofen House. The Benninghofen House is a showcase of Victorian Era lifestyle and includes all the furnishings and decor appropriate for a late 19th century home. A tour of the house reveals what life was like during the height of the industrial period, and also showcases many of the society’s prized possessions.

Additionally, the BCHS manages an archive that consists of many original and secondary documents, publications, photographs, etc. If interested in research, please schedule an appointment with one of our research volunteers.

The BCHS is also affiliated with Heritage Hall, a space for the display of rotating exhibits and the permanent location of the Robert McCloskey Collection. To learn more about Heritage Hall, please call (513) 737-5958.

Latest Blog Posts

BCHS Annual Meeting To Be Held November 9

The 83rd Annual Meeting of the Butler County Historical Society will be held at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Avenue, Hamilton, Thursday, November 9. Cocktails will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by a homemade catered dinner by Jeanette’s Delicacies at 6:15 p.m. A cash bar will be available. The…

Ghost Hunters Invited to Investigate the “Spirits” Thought to Inhabit the BCHS Benninghofen House

Beginning and advanced ghost hunters will have the opportunity to find out about the “spirits” thought to haunt the Butler County Historical Society’s complex at 327 North 2nd Street, Hamilton. Two special sessions are scheduled for October 28, one at 6:30 p.m. and one at 9 p.m. Each session and tour will introduce participants with…

BCHS Receives Award for Native American Cultures Exhibit

The Butler County Historical Society was honored for its comprehensive “Native American Cultures of the Miami Valley” exhibit and supporting educational programs during the annual meeting and conference of the Ohio Local History Alliance held in Dublin, Ohio, October 7. The award was given in recognition of the society’s “Outstanding Contribution to the Field of…

“WWI–Butler County in the Trenches” by Dr. George S. Vascik Kicks Off Second Phase of BCHS’s World War I Exhibit

Dr. George S. Vascik, Miami University Associate Professor of History and Humanities, will present “WWI–Butler County in the Trenches” as the first program in the second phase of the Butler County Historical Society’s year-long exhibit and series of programs focusing on World War I. Vascik will highlight the stories of some of the local boys…