Butler County Historical Society

“Over There, Over Here: Butler County Stories of World War I,” the historical society’s new exhibit will officially open the day of Vascik’s presentation.

The first phase of the year-long exhibit will begin the society’s evolving story of World War I in Butler County. It will start with the early years of the war through America’s entry into the conflict on April 6, 1917; cover the early war bond issues and the departure of Butler County boys for training camps to become soldiers and officers.

During the fall of 2017, the second phase of the exhibit will focus on the war efforts at home, including home front initiatives to conserve and produce food, fuel and other materials for the war effort and present the major battles in which county soldiers fought. A major portion of the second phase will be the many stories of county soldiers’ experiences in Europe during and after the war. Some of the stories will highlight local men such as Carl Herman Thompson, a mechanic for ace pilot Eddie Rickenbacker; John A Grafft, well-known local doctor and city councilman; Distinguished Service Cross winner John Crocker; Croix de Guerre winner and Military Hall of Fame for Valor honoree John M. Fackey; and Louise Gertrude Hoerner, an unselfish practicing nurse.

The Butler County Historical Society is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, as well as on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.