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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

Historical Society Presents “All in a Day’s Work – Down on the Farm”

The Butler County Historical Society will present on Saturday, June 10, the first of its summer multi-generational programs designed for children and their parents or grandparents. It will be held in the front yard of the society’s Benninghofen House museum at 327 North Second Street, Hamilton, and begin at 9:30 a.m. and end around 2…

Historical Society Seeks Memorabilia and Historical Artifacts of the Champion Coated Paper Company

The Butler County Historical Society is asking area residents that had relatives or family members who worked for the Champion Coated Paper Company to consider donating photos, memorabilia and other historical artifacts to the society’s collection. The society has a large collection of items related to the Mosler Safe Company, the Beckett Paper Company and…

“The Road to War” Talk Kick’s Off New World War I Exhibit

Dr. George S. Vascik, Associate Professor of History and Humanities at Miami University, will present a talk on “The Road to War” as the lead-off program in the Butler County Historical Society’s year-long exhibit and series of programs focusing on World War I. Vascik’s talk will explore the European origins of the “Great War” in…

Join BCHS for discussion of “Native Americans of the Miami Valley”

Kathy Creighton, Butler County Historical Society Executive Director, will present “Native Americans of the Miami Valley,” 1  p.m., Saturday, April 1, in the Emma Ritchie Auditorium at the society’s facility at 327 North 2nd Street, Hamilton.   The talk will discuss the five Indian cultures that lived in the Butler County area dating from about…