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Butler County Historical Society - Speaker's Bureau for Historical Program click here to learn more about BCHS
  • The Great Flood of 1913 The great flood of 1913 was the worst weather disaster to strike Butler County. Damages topped $10 million in 1913 values, or about $167 in today's figures. By the time the Great Miami River crested in Hamilton at 34.6 feet, more than 10,000 people were homeless and over 200 deaths reported. (Kathy Creighton, BCHS)
  • John Reily, Butler County Pioneer Revolutionary soldier, Indian fighter and teacher who helped write Ohio's constitution, John Reily was known as a servant of his country in peace and war. Come learn about this man who was the first teacher in the Symmes Purchase, and a true pioneer in the organization and development of Butler County. (Dick Scheid, BCHS)
  • Butler County and the Civil War When President Lincoln first called for troops following the firing on Fort Sumter, Butler County responded with more than 300 men. Learn about Butler County's role in the Civil War, both on the battle fields and the home front. (Sam Ashworth, BCHS)
  • The Victorian Lifestyle Come get a taste of life during the Victorian era when etiquette ruled social behavior. Find out about the rules of conduct that governed good society, including the use of calling cards and the language of the fan. (Kathy Creighton, BCHS)
  • The Art of Riding Aside Ever wondered how women rode horse back, but maintained their lady-like appearance? Kathy Firch Creighton, the 1998 International Side Saddle Champion, and her equine friend, Miss Georgie, will talk on the history of riding aside, and demonstrate, weather permitting, the proper ways of mounting and dismounting, riding position, and gaits of the proper side saddle mount. Not interested in having an equine visitor? This talk can also be done without a horse! (Kathy Creighton, BCHS)
  • What Is It and How Does it Work? A "show and tell" with unique items from the collection of the Butler County Historical Society and the Oxford Museum Association, this interactive program delights audiences of all ages. (Kathy Creighton and Ed Creighton BCHS or OMA)
  • 1800s Medicine Bleed, blister and purge were the preferred methods used by physicians during the 1800s. Find out how (or if) medicine changed from the time of Ancient Greece to the Civil War, what caused the death of President George Washington, the schooling required to become a doctor, and other interesting facts about medicine in the 1800s. (Kathy Creighton, BCHS)
  • Lindenwald Take a tour of Lindenwald and discover what makes this area of Hamilton great! (Dick Scheid, BCHS)
  • Dayton Lane Take a stroll through the historic Dayton Lane area of Hamilton. See how the upper class lived during the Victorian era, and explore the area as it exists today. (Kathy Creighton, under development, BCHS)
  • The Historic Bethel Cemetery Located on the Reily Millville Turnpike, the Historic Bethel Cemetery is the final home for many of the early pioneers of Reily, Hanover and Morgan Townships. You will meet individuals like Moses DeCamp, who moved with his family from New Jersey while in his 70s, and numerous Revolutionary and War of 1812 Veterans. (Kathy Creighton, BCHS)
  • Indian Creek Pioneer Church and Cemetery Located in Reily Township, the Indian Creek Pioneer Church was established in 1810, and its cemetery was the first land purchased in Butler County for a cemetery. The original church has been restored and the cemetery has over 175 graves of early pioneers of Butler County, including one Revolutionary War solider, five veterans of the War of 1812, and three Civil War Veterans. (Kathy Creighton, BCHS)
  • A Virtual Tour of the John Benninghofen House Interested in how a wealthy industrialist lived during the Victorian Era? You will visit the home of John Benninghofen and see what a typical wealthy home looked like and explore some of the social customs of the time, such as the function of the formal and informal parlors. (Kathy Creighton and Dick Scheid, BCHS)
  • The Ghosts of the Benninghofen House As a result of a paranormal investigation of the Benninghofen House and the Butler County Historical Society, several "spirits" have been identified as residing at 327 N. 2nd Street. Meet the ghosts of the Benninghofen House, including Wilhelmina Benninghofen, John McBride, Brigadier General Ferdinand VanDerveer and Blue Jacket, and learn about their lives and why they might be hanging around! (Kathy Creighton, BCHS)
  • Veterans of Butler County Ever wonder what roles Butler County played in the wars of our country? This talk will examine the contributions made by Butler County Veterans in the conflicts beginning with the French and Indian War through Korea, with special emphasis on the time period from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. (Kathy Creighton, BCHS)
  • Victorian Holiday Traditions Did you know that both the tradition of a Christmas tree and the sending of Christmas cards developed during the Victorian era? Find out these interesting facts, along with the impact that Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol had on how we celebrate Christmas today. (Kathy Creighton, BCHS)
  • Hamilton Tile Works A contemporary of Rookwood, Hamilton Tile Works produced both tile and art glass. Learn about the founders of this company and the legacy that they left behind. (Dick Scheid, BCHS)
  • The Mosler Safe Company How many companies can advertise that their product can survive an atomic bomb? Find out all the fascinating places that Mosler Safes of Hamilton can be found and the special projects they have been involved with. (Kathy Creighton, BCHS)
  • Sports Figures of Butler County Kenesaw Mountain Landis and Joe Nuxall are just two of the important sports figures from Butler County. Find out about them and other influential sports figures with ties to our area. (Kathy Creighton, BCHS)
  • Industrial Hamilton In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Hamilton was an industrial giant. Find out who the companies were that helped define both Hamilton and Butler County and what lead to the decline of many of them. (under development BCHS)
  • Hamilton in the Early 1900s Take a stroll through Hamilton as it was in the early 1900s. Find out who the major employers and manufacturers in the area were, visit the shopkeepers along High Street, and explore the neighborhoods where Hamiltonians lived and played. (Kathy Creighton, BCHS)
  • Robert McCloskey Do you remember reading Homer Price, Lentil, or Make Way for the Ducklings? Robert McCloskey was born, and grew up in Hamilton and his memories of his childhood are reflected in the works that he both wrote and illustrated. (Janet Sohngen and Nancy Follmer, BCHS) NOTE 2014 is the 100th Birthday of Robert McCloskey
  • German Village Take a stroll through the historic German Village area of Hamilton. See how both the upper and working class lived during the Victorian era, and explore the area as it exists today. (Kathy Creighton, BCHS)
  • The Founding of Butler County and the City of Hamilton Did you know that Butler County was once part of Hamilton County? Did you know that the City of Hamilton dates back to the founding of Fort Hamilton in 1791? Find out about the rich history of the early days of Butler County, and its county seat, Hamilton. (Kathy Creighton, BCHS)
  • George W. White Born in Oxford, this local painter spent most of his life in Southwest Ohio, living in Oxford, Cincinnati and Hamilton. Learn about his interesting life, which included time as a minstrel player and take a look at his artwork. (Kathy Creighton BCHS)
  • Symmes Corner Located in Fairfield Township, Symmes Corner was once a thriving community. Meet its residents and learn about their place in the history of Butler County. (Richard Piland, BCHS)
  • The Theaters of Butler County Entertainments were being offered in Butler County as early as the 1820s through traveling shows and local, amateur productions. By 1910, Hamilton was one of the favorite stops for traveling productions. Discover what constituted an "opera house," and meet some of the people from Butler County who made it big in show business. (Kathy Creighton and Richard Piland, BCHS)
  • The Dolls at the Butler County Historical Society There are over 100 dolls in the collection at the Butler County Historical Society, and each has a story to tell. Learn some secrets on how to tell the age of china head dolls, and find out about the best known doll companies of the 1800 and 1900s. (Kathy Creighton, BCHS)
  • George Schneider's Wild Alibi In 1884, Catherine Schneider left Hamilton to visit her son George in the nearby village of Darrtown to collect a payment on a loan she made him to buy his 100-acre farm. No one saw her again alive. When confronted about what happened to his mother, Schneider told an amazing story about getting in the buggy to take his mother to a train station and being overtaken by a pair of thugs who bludgeoned Catherine to death. Schneider said they made him go get a shovel from the barn and he watched from behind a straw pile as they buried her in the woods. Will this tale hold up in court? (Richard O Jones, BCHS)
  • The Sleepwalking Slasher One evening in March 1903, Sam Keelor got into an argument with his wife Bertha over her mother's interference in their life. Later that night after her mother left and the couple retired, he got up in the middle of the night – still asleep – and bashed Bertha in the head with a hammer. He then proceeded to decapitate her with a knife (not quite succeeding) and then slit open his own throat (again, unsuccessfully), all in the comfort of their bed. Their 8-year-old daughter discovered the bloody mess early the following morning. Keelor would be the first person in Ohio to use the defense that he was sleepwalking, therefore not responsible for his actions. (Richard O Jones, BCHS)
  • Alfred Knapp: Serial Killer Just before the holiday season of 1902, Hamilton resident Alfred Knapp strangled his petite wife Hannah in her sleep with his bear hands, then put her body in a box and dumped it into the Great Miami River. A few months later, it turned up 150 miles downstream in the Ohio River and Knapp was arrested for her murder (he and Keelor were indicted on the same day). The day after his arrest, Knapp confessed to four other murders in other cities, including one previous wife, and hours before he went to the electric chair, confessed to the attempted abduction of two young Hamilton girls. (Richard O Jones, BCHS)
  • The Arsenic Affair In February 1917, farmer Lorel Wardlow died of quinsy, but the corner was suspicious and had the body exhumed, determining that he had been poisoned with arsenic. Ten months later, his wife Belle Wardlow was tried for his murder and implicated the farmhand William Harrison Cowdrey as the true culprit. After her conviction, however, she made a full confession as to the plot conceived by the two of them, and Cowdrey was also brought to trial. She was so intent on seeing him punished for the crime that she attempted an escape from the Marysville State Prison for Women so she could testify at his trial.  The case resulted in three sensational trials (one for her, two for him, including a hung jury). (Richard O. Jones, BCHS)

Butler County Historical Society (BCHS) – Kathy Creighton, 513-896-9930

Chrisholm Historic Metroparks Farmstead click here to learn more about Chrisholm
  • The Augspurgers and Chrisholm Farm Christian Augspurger established the third Amish community in Ohio in 1819 which became a stopping point for Amish families on their way west. Take a look at the Amish way of life through the lives of one of the early pioneer families of Butler County. Judy Shillinglaw (FOC)
  • Friends of Chrisholm (FOC) – Judy Shillinglaw

    Cincinnati Observatory - Programs click here to learn more about the Observatory
    • Reasons for the Seasons 1 23.5 degree tilt makes all the difference between winter and summer. The Earth has a slanted view of the universe and you will discover how the angle of the Sun's rays cause Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
    • The Sun The mass and energy of the Sun are astronomical. Using a portable solar projector, your class can safely take a closer look for sunspots and other solar activity. We will also discuss the Sun's nuclear explosions and their impact on Earth.
    • Moon phases and eclipses Moon phases are perhaps the most difficult astronomical phenomenon for students to understand. With the assistance of a half-painted soccer ball, 30 moons on a stick, a 150-watt light bulb, and some great simulation software, your students' will sure to become luna-tics.
    • The Planets and their Orbits The solar system is constantly changing and we can keep you up to date. Utilizing the latest images from NASA we will share the canyons on Mars, the giant hurricane on Jupiter, and the rings of Saturn while demonstrating their pathways around the Sun.
    • Day, month, year, cycles This program will make you dizzy. In Cincinnati we rotate at 770 mph and revolve around the Sun at 66,000 mph. This constant movement provides us some very observable cycles. We will get your students up and moving - and hopefully not nauseous.
    • Stars and Constellations There are more stars in the sky than you can ever count. But you'll see that finding your way around the sky has never been this fun. Combining astronomy with memorable ancient myths, this program will encourage your students to research and write about the constellations. Have you heard the story of Orion?
    • Comets and meteors Stuff hitting the Earth always fascinates students. We can make a comet right in your classroom and bring actual meteorites for close inspection. Students will learn about their structure, parts, and orbits while being able to touch a rock from space.
    • Tour of the Universe Rocket through space among billions of stars and galaxies. This program tackles the life cycles, and types of stars and galaxies as well as the distances to these interstellar objects. Students will discover how much we have learned from telescopes and where their place is in the universe.
    • Aliens Is anyone out there? Delve into the scientific hunt for life on other planets. How would we send a message? How would we understand their message? The truth is out there.

    For more information about scheduling these and other programs with the Observatory, click here.

    Heritage Village Museum - Programs click here to learn more about HVM
    • Hands-on History Center for Pre-K through Kindergarteners The Hands-On History Center is located on the lower level of the Hayner House. The Center provides an opportunity for the youngest museum visitors to safely interact with artifacts and reproduction pieces that are entirely hands-on.
    • Peek into the Past for Kindergarten through 2nd Grade This program strives to introduce young learners to lifestyle characteristics of 19th century southwest Ohio through the concepts of family life, transportation, communication and changes over time.
    • A Lesson in Needs and Wants for 1st and 2nd Graders Your students may think that they are on a fun field trip – but we put them to work too! Students will visit a farmer's home from the 1830s, our Mercantile Store and a reproduction of Mrs. Kemper's kitchen garden from around 1805, in order to help them identify and relate to the basic human needs of shelter, clothing and food/water. As the students work, they will discover a bit about goods and services as well. They will "harvest" food from our apple orchard and garden, fetch water, discover other goods that their 1800s family might need, or just want, at the mercantile store and learn just how hard it was to get a new shirt or even corn bread!

      The groups will compare the needs of those in 19th century southwest Ohio and our needs of today, as well as how we all satisfy those needs.
    • Pioneer Program for 3rd and 4th Graders Daily life for early Ohio settlers comes alive. We use the Kemper Family as our model to frame the experiences of pioneers in Cincinnati 200 years ago. The 1804 Kemper Log House sets the tone for students of family life and just how difficult it is to write with a quill and ink, or to sweep with a round broom. In the Kemper Kitchen, topics from food preparation to preservation are addressed along with textiles and clothing production in Benedict Cottage. Your students know easily that wool comes from sheep, but do they realize how hard it is to card (straighten) wool, and then to spin it into yarn? They will find out as we set them to their tasks of carding, spinning, stringing beans or apples to dry, fetching water with a yoke and buckets and other children’s responsibilities (chores).
    • A 19th Century Community for 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders Both whole and small group activities are used to discover the types of people, natural environments and buildings that helped to make up a pioneer community.
    • The Ox-Cart Man for 1st through 5th Graders The children’s book, The Ox-Cart Man, by Donald Hall sets the stage for this program. The award-winning book provides a wonderful look at the work and responsibilities of a typical farm family in America's past.
    • Outreach Programs - Our programs can be brought to your location
      • 19th Century Family Life
      • What Will I Wear Today? - 1850
      • Giant U.S. Map Puzzle
      • The Ox-Cart Man
      • Education Station
      • History Tool Boxes

    For more information about these programs and for associated costs, click here.

    Oxford Museum Association - Speaker's Bureau click here to find out more about OMA
  • Chester Park (Cincinnati) Did you visit Chester Park as a youth? Do you remember the train station that was one of the busiest in the country? Take a walk down memory lane and relive the fun filled days of Chester Park. (Ed Creighton, OMA)
  • The Golden Age of the Carriage Industry Did you know that in the late 1800s, the greater Cincinnati area was the leading manufacturing center for the carriage industry in the United States? Did you know that Henry Ford wanted to build his automobile manufacturing headquarters in the greater Cincinnati area because of the skilled carriage makers in the area? Find out about this fascinating industry and learn why this area excelled in the greater Cincinnati area. (Ed Creighton, OMA)
  • Stockton/Jones Station In the southeast corner of Butler County in what is now the city of Fairfield, there use to be an area known as Stockton or Jones Station. Take a walk down memory lane and meet the residents of this area. (Ed Creighton, OMA)
  • Welcome to the Oxford Museum Association The Oxford Museum Association has been preserving and interpreting the agricultural and pioneer history of Oxford Township for over 50 years. As the guardians of the Doty Homestead, Doty Pioneer Cemetery, Black Bridge and DeWitt Log Cabin, you can learn how the early pioneers in the area lived in the early to mid 1800s. (Ed Creighton, OMA)
  • How Did They Do It? Ever wonder how farming was conducted in the 1800s, buildings were built, or what type of tools were used? This talk will examine antique tools from the 1800s and how they were used in everyday life. (Ed Creighton, OMA)
  • What Is It and How Does it Work?  A "show and tell" with unique items from the collection of the Butler County Historical Society and the Oxford Museum Association, this interactive program delights audiences of all ages. (Kathy Creighton and Ed Creighton BCHS or OMA)
  • Oxford Museum Association (OMA) – Ed Creighton, 513-896-9930 or 513-523-8005

    White Water Shaker Village - Speaker's Bureau click here to find out more about WWSV
    • The White Water Shakers of Butler and Hamilton Counties Did you realize that there was a large Shaker community located on the line between Butler and Hamilton Counties? Find out about what made a Shaker community unique, and explore the existing structures that remain today in Hamilton County. (Kathy Luhn and Ed Creighton, Friends of White Water Shakers)

    Friends of White Water Shakers – Kathy Luhn or Ed Creighton, 513-896-9930

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