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Summer Family Program

The Butler County Historical Society will present on Saturday, July 13, the second of its summer multi-generational programs designed for children and their parents and grandparents. It will be held in the front and back yard of the society’s Benninghofen House museum at 327 North Second Street, Hamilton, and begin at 9:30 a.m. and end around 2 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, thanks to a generous grant from the W. E. Smith Family Trust of Oxford.

The program, “Archeology and Native American Artifacts,” will show the basics of setting up an archeological dig to find fossils and Indian arrowheads. During this session children and adults can excavate a special area on the property just like a professional archeologist would. We can assure people that several fossils and arrowheads will be found. Participants will also learn about the Native American tribes that lived in Butler County. All activities are designed as hands-on experiences with no set program. People can join the event anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and come and go as they please. In the case of poor weather, activities will be moved inside to the Emma Ritchie Auditorium.

Kathy Creighton, executive director of the historical society, said she expects children and their family members to have a good time during the program. “We’ve salted the yard with fossils and arrowheads so we know the kids will be successful during their archeological dig. We’ve also created a very special scavenger hunt for the kids and their parents where they will try to find several key artifacts in the society’s Native American Exhibit. This session should be an excellent hands-on experience for the kids, a terrific learning event and a real treat for all.”

July 3rd, 2019|News & Events|

BCHS Commemorates The 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of Europe

On Saturday, June 8, the Butler County Historical Society will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the June 6, 1944 Allied D-Day invasion of Normandy with the first of four summer multi-generational programs designed for children and their parents or grandparents. It will be held in the front yard of the society’s Benninghofen House museum at 327 North Second Street, Hamilton, and begin at 9:30 a.m. and end around 2:00 p.m.  The program is free and open to the public, thanks to a generous grant from the W. E. Smith Family Trust of Oxford.

Children and their companions will be able to visit the BCHS exhibit focusing on Butler County residents and companies that participated in America’s war effort. There will be a scavenger hunt, explanations of rationing and an opportunity to “collect” eggs. A World War II Jeep will be on display in the parking lot and give children opportunities to have photos taken with it.

All activities are designed as hands-on experiences with no set program. People can join the event anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and come and go as they please. In the case of poor weather, activities will be moved inside to the Emma Ritchie Auditorium.

 

May 30th, 2019|News & Events|

Go see the inside of the Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument this weekend!

Go see the inside of the Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument this weekend

If you haven’t visited the Butler County Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument that was built to honor those who have sacrificed their lives in service to the country, now is the time to see it.

And if it’s simply been a while, go again … things have been changing there as the monument celebrates one year with its doors open again after having been closed to the public for some time.

The monument on Front Street in Hamilton is open on Memorial Day, and if you can’t make it then, check it out from the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Those are the building’s regular hours.

The structure’s curator, Butch Frederick, is there during the open business hours.

Visitors to the monument will see the names of thousands of soldiers engraved on marble walls. They will also be able to see a small firearms display, information on the county’s involvement in conflicts up to the Spanish American war, the history of the construction of the building and the Billy Yank statue.
Exhibits inside the monument are designed to inform and educate people about Butler County’s history, wars and personal stories, according to the Butler County Historical Society, which maintains it.
Thanks to Butler County Connect for their coverage!
May 24th, 2019|News & Events|

BCHS to Preview a New World War II Exhibit in a Member’s Only Event

Butler County Historical Society members are invited to attend a preview of the society’s upcoming exhibit focusing on the men, women and industries that were involved in America’s effort to win World War II. The member-only event will be held on Friday evening, May 3, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Emma Ritchie Auditorium of the society’s complex at 327 N. Second Street, Hamilton. Light refreshments will be served. Non-members who wish to attend the event can join the society during the evening. People planning to attend are asked to RSVP.

Liza Vance, history graduate student at Northern Kentucky University, will describe her work in developing the society’s “Butler County World War II Soldier’s Stories” exhibit that will open to the public on June 6, the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The exhibit will present the first hand accounts of men and women who served during the war. Vance spent hours interviewing several soldiers that experienced the war while at Pearl Harbor, Saipan and during the D-Day Invasions in Europe. She also compiled much of the information presented in the exhibit, which is her “Capstone Project” that completes the university’s requirements for her Master Degree in Public History.

 

April 25th, 2019|News & Events|

BCHS to hold Hold a “Quilt Bed Turning” and Showcase Its Quilt Collection

Butler County Historical Society members are invited to attend an “Out of the Archives” event that showcases several of the quilts in the society’s collection on Friday evening, March 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The member-only event will be held in the Emma Ritchie Auditorium of the society’s complex at 327 N. Second Street, Hamilton, and include free coffee, tea and cookies. Non-members who wish to attend the event can join the society during the evening. People planning to attend are requested to RSVP.

Mary Royer, member of the American Quilt Study Group and Midwest Fabric Study Group, will conduct a “Quilt Bed Turning” in which she discusses what makes a quilt and why so many people devote their time and skills to sewing beautiful and practical quilts. Several lovely quilts will be on display. The BCHS plans to open an exhibit of many of the society’s quilts in the near future.

 

March 12th, 2019|News & Events|

Victorian Era Valentines

A new exhibit of Victorian Era Valentines will open in the Butler County Historical Society on February 14th and run through mid-April.  The exhibit is free to the public and will feature a variety of ways people expressed their love and affection for their sweethearts, spouses and others during the period from 1850 to 1900.  It will be in the Emma Ritchie Auditorium of the BCHS, 327 North 3rd Street, Hamilton.  

On Friday, February 15, a reception and special Valentine’s Day program for the historical society’s members will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  A wine and cheese reception will begin at 6 p.m.  BCHS Executive Director Kathy Creighton will discuss how the celebration of Valentine’s Day evolved at 7 p.m.  She will present how Cupid, flowers, and love became part of the holiday as reflected in Victorian Era cards.  Non-members who wish to attend the event can join the society during the evening.  People planning to attend are requested to RSVP.

February 7th, 2019|News & Events|

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