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 to Display Clothing, Accessories and Toiletries of the 1920’s and 1930’s

The BCHS will host its second “Out of the Archives” special member-only event on Friday evening, August 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will be held throughout the historical society’s complex at 327 N. Second Street, Hamilton. An informal wine and cheese reception for society members will provide an opportunity for them…

BCHS Presents “Conducting an Archaeological Dig and Finding Fossils”

The BCHS will present on Saturday, August 11, the third of its summer multi-generational programs designed for children and their parents or grandparents. It will be held in the front and back yard of the Benninghofen House museum at 327 North Second Street, Hamilton, and begin at 9:30 a.m. and end around 2 p.m. The…

Visit the BCHS Booth at the Butler County Fair, July 22 – 29

The historical society will be staffing a special booth in the air-conditioned Art Hall building on the fairgrounds from noon until 8 p.m. daily during the 168th edition of the Butler County Fair, July 22-28. This year’s fair is a week-long celebration of the county’s agricultural heritage, local arts, crafts and farm production. Major portions…

BCHS Presents “All in a Day’s Work – In the Home”

During this session we will be making butter, doing laundry and probably getting wet. We’ll husk, shell and grind corn, make cornbread and taste what we make. We will also explore how pioneers used sorghum, a nearly magical plant, to sweeten food, ground for flour, popped like popcorn and made into brooms to clean up…