The Butler County Historical Society will have a reception in honor of the Beckett Paper Company exhibition that opened in early June on Saturday, September 19 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. It will be held in the society’s Emma Ritchie Auditorium, 327 North Second Street, Hamilton, and is free to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Free off-street parking is also available at the society.
Dave Belew, president of the Beckett Paper Company from 1974 to 1992, will greet exhibit visitors and talk about the 164-year history of the company. Belew, assisted by Mike Dobias of Miami University, organized the exhibit that includes hundreds of photographs of Beckett employees going back to the 1860s, employee newsletters, samples of company advertising and marketing materials, historic company documents and items saved from the company’s community activities.
The Beckett Paper Company exhibition fills three rooms and is the largest ever presented by the historical society. It will run through November 30. The exhibit is housed in the Butler County Historical Society, 327 North Second Street, Hamilton, and is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
The Butler County Historical Society is a private non-profit formed in 1934 to preserve and interpret the county’s rich heritage. It owns and operates the Benninghofen House, a high-Italian style home filled with the furnishings of a wealthy family during the Victorian Era. Group tours of the Beckett exhibit and Benninghofen House Museum can be arranged by calling 896-9930.