The 84th Annual Meeting of the Butler County Historical Society will be held at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Avenue, Hamilton, on Thursday, November 8th. A cash bar will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. which is being prepared by Two Women in a Kitchen, one of the top caterers in the area. A brief business meeting after the dinner will feature an annual report of the society’s activities during 2018 and the election of the society’s new board members and slate of officers for 2019.

Jeff Suess, local history author, will speak on the Hidden History of Cincinnati. He is the librarian of the Cincinnati Enquirer, where he keeps the newspaper archive and writes about Cincinnati history. Suess grew up in Modesto, California, and graduated from San Francisco State University. He lives in White Oak on Cincinnati’s West Side with his wife Kristin and their daughter Dashiell.

Suess’ books include Lost Cincinnati, Hidden History of Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Then and Now. His presentation will tell some of the colorful local stories that have been lost to time. Hear about the deadliest maritime disaster in American history, the country’s first train robbery, the death of the last passenger pigeon on earth, and the day Annie Oakley outshot her future husband, Frank Butler, when she was a teenager. Suess reveals some of the triumphs and tribulations of the first major American city founded after the American Revolution. Copies of Suess’ books can be purchased from the author after his presentation.

The dinner and meeting are open to all historical society members and the public. Tickets are $40 for individuals and $75 for couples. People interested in attending should make reservations for the event no later than October 31st by calling the society at 896-9930.