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

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…

Explore “the other side” of the Benninghofen House, Oct. 22

Ever wonder if the Benninghofen House is haunted? Now’s your chance to find out! On Saturday, October 22, we will be running two special tours for beginning or advanced ghost hunters at the Butler County Historical Society. The tour will start with an introduction to the “spirits” that are said to inhabit the BCHS complex,…

Ice Cream Social Considered a Success

More than 160 people visited the historical society’s old-fashioned ice cream social held in the Emma Ritchie Auditorium on Saturday, September 10. Many of them said they were first-time visitors and dozens of people toured the Benninghofen House Museum and many others saw the Native American Indian Exhibit which opened last June during the Ohio…