The Butler County Historical Society is asking area residents that had relatives who served in any of the military branches during World War I to share their family’s photos and stories for an exhibit honoring the 100-year anniversary of America’s participation in “The Great War.” The society is seeking photos of Butler County men and women dressed in their military uniforms or taking part in war action. Selected photos and stories about the person’s service during the war will be included in the exhibit. Persons who would like to offer photos and stories for the two-part exhibit should contact Executive Director Kathy Creighton by calling 513-896-9930.

Phase 1 of the historical society’s World War I exhibit will open on April 22, 2017 and will focus on the people, activities, and events that took place from the start of the war in 1914 through the end of December, 1917. Wartime events that occurred during 1918 and 1919 will be added to the exhibit during Phase 2 which will open during this coming summer.

The Butler County Historical Society, located at 327 North Second Street, Hamilton, is a private non-profit formed in 1934 to preserve and promote the history of Butler County through the collection and conservation of artifacts and the sharing of knowledge through education and community engagement. It owns and operates the Benninghofen House, a high-Italian style home built in 1863 that is filled with the furnishings of a wealthy family during the Victorian Era. It is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Group tours of the Benninghofen House Museum can be arranged by calling 513-896-9930.