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Symmes Monument highlighted as ‘Sight of the Week’

The Hollow Earth Monument of Capt. John Cleves Symmes has been chosen as the Sight of the Week by the editors of RoadsideAmerica.com. The monument will be featured as the lead story on the RoadsideAmerica.com website for the week of July 6-12. It will also be listed and mapped on the Roadside America app for

1855 Map of Butler County

In 2005, the Butler County Historical Society was given a unique gift from an anonymous donor. When staff members unfurled the gift to see exactly what it was, they were amazed. Before them was an original 1855 Map of Butler County, Ohio. The significance of this map was immediately realized; only one other original is

Hamilton Legend: John C. Elliott, U.S. Marshal

A few weeks ago, I was toasting the last episode of the television series “Justified,” based on characters by the crime writer Elmore Leonard. The hero is a federal marshal, Raylan Givens, and in the seven year run of the show, he became my favorite TV tough guy. Not John C. Elliott, but Timothy

New Book Pays Tribute to Hamilton’s Industrial Heritage

Images of America: Hamilton’s Industrial Heritage,  a new book by Butler County Historical Society board member Richard N. Piland,  pays tribute to Hamilton’s industrial history. Since its founding in 1791, Hamilton has nearly always been an important center of activity in the region. After Ohio became a state in 1803, the city became an agricultural hub

The First Butler County Historical Society

By Richard N. Piland It was surprising to learn recently that there was an earlier Butler County Historical Society.  On June 14, 1901, a call was issued to people interested in forming a historical society to attend a June 18 meeting held at the county courthouse.  At that first meeting officers and directors were elected

Jim Blount to Explore Civil War’s Impact

Join local historian Jim Blount on Tuesday, April 14, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Lane Library for a conversation about The Civil War’s Impact on Hamilton: A 150-Year Perspective. No registration required. For details, call 894-7158. The Hamilton Lane Library is located at 300 N. Third St. For more information about this and