Get a taste of Butler history for free

May 15, 2012 by  

On May 19th and 20th, curious visitors will get to peek behind the curtains of history at the Butler Historical Society free of charge.

That weekend, the Society hosts its annual “History Days”. The festivities take place at several historical locations throughout Butler County, including two in Butler itself. From the hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, visitors can stop in at the Historical Society for snacks and informative videos about the Society and the history of the county.

The Historical Society building was built in 1828 by Walter Lowrie, the only US senator from Butler. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is Butler’s only remaining house from that era and in that style.

After stopping at the Historical Society, visitors can swing by the Little Red School House Museum, which was the first public school built in the town. It was constructed in 1838 and used as a school until 1874. Since that time, it has seen use as an office building, a library, and a Red Cross center during the Second World War.

Butler area brochure printers were clearly busy in preparation for History Days. The county had informative, colorful brochures printed to advertize the event. In addition to providing details about the school house and Historical Society building, the brochures provide information about eight other historical sites in Butler county.

The brochures were mailed to anyone who requested one and a copy is also available at the Historical Society’s website.