Dr. George S. Vascik, Miami University Associate Professor of History and Humanities, will present “The Great Destruction” as the final program in the Butler County Historical Society’s exhibit and year-long series of programs focusing on America’s participation in World War I. Vascik will discuss the legacy of the war and highlight some of the unresolved factors of the “Great War.” The presentation will be in the Emma Ritchie Auditorium at the society’s facility at 327 North 2nd Street, Hamilton at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 14. The talk is free to the public and free parking will be provided.

A special meeting of historical society members will be held after the presentation to consider the proposed changes in the society’s Code of Regulations recommended by the Board of Trustees. The suggested changes were published in the Winter 2018 issue of The Benninghofen Newsletter.

The first phase of “Over There, Over Here: Butler County Stories of World War I,” the historical society’s current exhibit, opened last April 22nd when Vascik gave a presentation of the European origins of the war and how the United States became involved. The second phase of the exhibit opened on September 30th with another entertaining and enjoyable presentation by Dr. Vascik. That speech featured stories of soldiers and nurses from the Butler County area. The third and final phase of the exhibit will officially open with Vascik’s talk and the complete exhibit can be visited before or after the presentation.