The Butler County Historical Society is located in Hamiltons historic Benninghofen House, which pays tribute to the Victorian Era lifestyle. CONTRIBUTED

Butler County’s World War II heroes: Historical society to preview exhibit on area stories

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 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Emma Ritchie Auditorium of the society’s complex at 327 N. Second St. 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, a 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 who experienced the war while at Pearl Harbor, Saipan and during the D-Day Invasions in Europe. 

The Butler County Historical Society is a private non-profit formed in 1934 to preserve and promote the history of Butler County through the collection and conservation of artifacts and the sharing of knowledge through education and community engagement.

It owns and operates the Benninghofen House Museum, a high-Italian style home built in 1863 that is filled with the furnishings of a wealthy family during the Victorian Era. It is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Group tours of the Benninghofen House Museum can be arranged by calling 513-896-9930.

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