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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

George Vascik Talk Keynotes Final Phase of World War I Exhibit

Dr. George S. Vascik, Miami University Associate Professor of History and Humanities, will present “The Great Destruction” as the final program in the Butler County Historical Society’s exhibit and year-long series of programs focusing on America’s participation in World War I. Vascik will discuss the legacy of the war and highlight some of the unresolved…

Next BCHSociety Program Features Clothing and Fashion During World War I

Sara Butler, Miami University Art Department Professor Emeritus, will present “Clothing During the Great War: 1914-1918”, 1 p.m. March 24, 2018  in the Emma Ritchie Auditorium at the Butler County Historical Society, 327 North 2nd Street, Hamilton. Her talk will describe the uniforms and clothing worn by men serving in the U.S. military as well…

BCHS Presents Charles Campbell Gard and World War I

A reader’s theater production and slide program telling the story of Charles Campbell Gard’s military service during World War I will be staged at 1 p.m., February 17, in the Emma Ritchie Auditorium at the Butler County Historical Society, 327 North 2nd Street, Hamilton. Gard, a 1913 graduate of Hamilton High School, was the only…

Ohio Statehouse Showcases Butler County in Special Exhibit

The Butler County Historical Society was invited to create a special exhibit to highlight the county’s history and attractions for the Thomas Worthington Center at the Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus. The exhibit, which opened in January, presents the story of the industrial and agricultural history of Butler County and showcases many of the…