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Looking for a terrific Christmas gift for that friend or loved one interested in local history? The BCHS will be hosting a special book signing and sale of Arcadia Publishing and The History Press authors on Saturday, November 15 from noon until 4:00 pm.
Authors Scott Fowler, Richard Piland, Richard O Jones and Bill Oeters will be in the society’s Randall Research Center to meet and greet visitors.
They will have the following local books for sale during the event.
• Images of America: LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park (Scott Fowler)
• Images of Modern America: Fantasy Farm Amusement Park (Scott Fowler)
• Images of America: Miami and Erie Canal (Bill Oeters and Nancy Gulick)
• Legendary Locals of Hamilton (Richard N. Piland)
• Hamilton’s Historic Public Schools, 1850-2010 (Richard N. Piland)
• Cincinnati’s Savage Seamstress: The Shocking Edythe Klumpp Murder Scandal (Richard O Jones)
• Hamilton! Horrors Chapbook Collection (Richard O Jones)
Since its founding in 1934, the Butler County Historical Society (BCHS) has preserved the rich heritage of our community. A variety of local programs,
constantly changing exhibits, lectures and traveling exhibits reach various audiences throughout the area.
The BCHS serves as a unique link between today and our community’s past. It must be sustained for future generations and it takes resources to accomplish this goal.
Through the generosity of many, the BCHS has an endowment fund dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the Society’s operations and programming.
Currently, over 70 percent of our operating expenses are funded by the endowment. We would not be able to operate without these funds.
Over the years, the BCHS Endowment Fund has been the generous recipient of outright gifts or bequests in wills or living trusts. At the August Board of Trustees meeting, the Board established The BCHS Legacy Society. You can designate that a portion of your estate be gifted to the BCHS endowment fund upon your death through your will or trust agreement. The gift could be a dollar amount or a percentage of your estate.
At it implies, a Legacy Gift is a future gift and allows you to use your monies/funds for your needs during your lifetime.
The 2014 edition of Night at the Museum will be on Thursday, October 23, 2014.
Come join your friends for a night of fun and intrigue. Let the super sleuth in you go to work as you solve riddles and use clues to find “hidden meanings” in the Museum’s collection. Prizes are awarded for those solving the most riddles.
- Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
- Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
- Where: Butler County Historical Society
- 327 N. Second Street
- Hamilton, OH 45011
- Tickets: $25 a person or $40 a couple
Please make checks payable to BCHS and mail to the above address or tickets will also be available at the door. For more information call the BCHS at 513-896-9930.
Dress is casual and beverages, beer, wine and light food will be provided.
We have recently digitized this short piece of silent film from the Homer Gard papers in our archives. It looks to be from the Hamilton Journal News offices around 1939 or 1940. We would like to identify as many people as we can. If you know anyone in here, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment on our Facebook page.
An mural by Hamilton favorite son Robert McCloskey has been “discovered” in an Elementary School in Westchester County, N.Y., thanks to the detective work of the school’s librarian.
“Nobody knows how the mural came to be at the elementary school. According to Jane, her father had worked out a deal with a local dentist by the name of Vic Johnson to exchange dental work for a mural. Pequenakonck Elementary School was built in 1972, and one of the theories is that Johnson (or his family) may have given the McCloskey mural to the school when he closed his practice. Over the years, the mural was moved to several obscure locations around the school, but it now hangs in a hall outside the school library newly framed and encased in glass thanks to the school’s Parent Teacher Organization.”
The Butler County Historical Society has teamed up with the Lane Libraries, Heritage Hall, the City of Hamilton, the Hamilton Community Foundation and the Colligan History Project to honor the 100th birthday of Robert McCloskey throughout the year. Click here for a PDF brochure with a schedule of events.
Thanks to Gratia Banta, youth services manager at the Lane Libraries for the tip.
Hamilton’s replica of the Liberty Bell, originally installed during the nation’s Bicentennial Year, has been restored and re-installed in front of the historic municipal building, now known as The Mueller Building.
Here’s a story that gives some of the background on the bell and on the effort to restore it: Residents start fund to restore Hamilton’s Liberty Bell.
And here’s what it sounds like:
Join Hamilton’s favorite historian Jim Blount, 7 p.m Thursday, May 8, as he presents “Let’s Go to the Movies: From Silent to Sound.”
Blount will visit the early silent theaters and the golden age of movies.
Come early to take a look at the Butler County Historical Society’s exhibit: “The Theaters of Butler County.”
It’s all free and open to the public. Call 513-896-9930 for more information.
Learn about our early history through the eyes of Robert McClellan — Indian fighter, soldier, trapper, explorer and member of the John J. Astor Fur Company.
The McClellans were early settlers in Hamilton and the talk will focus on life in the United States in the Early 1800s.
In his book “Perilous Paths,” author George G. McClellan seamlessly combines history, biography, and story as he narrates the early history of our country’s movement from the east to the west through the eyes of Robert McClellan as he experiences successes and failures along the way.
This story focuses on one small but important piece of the history after the Revolutionary War. It tells of real, rugged men like McClellan-a son of Ulster Scots immigrants born near Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, in 1770-who performed tasks in harsh conditions that would be considered dangerous, even foolhardy, today. Perilous Paths follows the footsteps made by McClellan from his youthful days as an army packer to his exploits as an Indian scout, army ranger, and spy. It details how he fought alongside Lewis and Clark, gained an education in reading and arithmetic for the army quartermaster corps, and then moved west to Missouri and succumbed to the lure of the unknown, entering Indian country where he trapped furs and traded with the Indians of what would eventually become the American Midwest.
Marking the trials, tribulations and hardships, this history highlights McClellan’s independence of character, the hardships he faced, and his desperate survival against unknown odds with a rugged determination to succeed.