327 N. Second Street - Hamilton OH 45011 - 513-896-9930

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 Seeks Photos and Stories of County Residents Who Served During World War I

The Butler County Historical Society is asking area residents that had relatives who served in any of the military branches during World War I to share their family’s photos and stories for an exhibit honoring the 100-year anniversary of America’s participation in “The Great War.” The society is seeking photos of Butler County men and…

Historical Society Seeks Sponsors to Fund Acquisition of Historically Important Documents

The Board of Directors of the Butler County Historical Society has learned that a large collection of historically important documents related to the county’s early development will be sold during auctions conducted by Cowan’s Auctions in March and June. Even though the board believes the documents would be excellent additions to the society’s collection, the…

Historical Society Sets New Hours for Public Visits

The Board of Directors of the Butler County Historical Society has established new hours of operation for 2017 for its Benninghofen House Museum, Randall Research Center and Emma Ritchie Auditorium for 2017. The society’s facilities are located at 327 North Second Street, Hamilton, and will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00…

Historical Society Opens New Broom Making Exhibit

The Butler County Historical Society has opened a new exhibition showcasing how local workers manufactured brooms, one of the early items made in the county as early as the 1830s. Using natural stiff grasses such as broomcorn made from the sorghum plant, local artisans fashioned brooms in many locations throughout Butler County during the 1800s…