On Founder's Day June 19, 2010, The Reily Historical
Society opened it's doors of the new museum from
2:00-4:00 to the public. Everyone was impressed by the
great renovation and the things inside that we have already
accumulated. We need many more things to share with the
community. If you have any Reily antiques, pictures,
household items, furniture etc. that you would like to
donate, or loan, for display, please let us know.
We post requests from people who email the website for
information on their family history. It will be useful to obtain any
pictures, and information that our members or the community
may have for these people. Anyone wanting to post a request
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Founder's Day was a great day in spite of the bad weather,
thanks to The Reily Historical Society, the Reily Township Fire
Department and trustees and the community. Good turn out and
everyone had a good time. The dedication ceremony was very
nice and the sun came out so we could go and participate at the
old site of the Bunker Hill Universalist Church on Reily Millville
Road to see the unveiling of the new historic marker. The
cemetery is beautiful thanks to our friends at Metro Parks and
the community. The Daughters and sons of The American
Revolution were there with wonderful artifacts and information
about that time period. The Blue Rifle pioneers were there also,
some brave souls camped. We couldn't have our much loved
Reily parade, due to the rain, maybe next year.
At our September 1, 2015 meeting, retired teacher, Floyd Hann, of
Hamilton, presented “Reily Township Remembers When”. He
reminisced about the players, coaches, opposing teams, and the
games leading up the Butler County Basketball Championship in
1956, which was won by Reily HS.
Mr. Hann was a member of the Reily HS teaching staff from
September 1955 to June 1959. During that time he taught Social
Studies, was the school’s Athletic Director, and coached
baseball and basketball. He retired from teaching in 1982.
Some members of the
Butler County 1956
The Reily Township Historical Society met on Tuesday, October 6,
2015 at the Reily Twp. Community Center.
Mr. George Ironstrack, Program Director, Myaamia Center, Miami
University, discussed “Neepwaantiinki – Partners in Learning: The
Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University”. The Miami Tribe,
which inhabited a portion of the lower Great Lakes region including
Southwest Ohio until the 1800”s, and Miami University are linked
through history and a growing mutually enriching relationship.
Indigenous communities across the country continue the struggle
to preserve their identities that are expressed through their
languages and cultures, the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami
University have found ways to reverse this trend.
Our Thanksgiving Social and
potluck dinner was a huge
success. The food was delicious,
the Southern Singer Drummers
gave us a great program with an
authentic Native American dance
by Shawnee Waters, a tribute to
our Veterans and an inspirational
presentation. Orders were taken
for the annual Poinsettia Sale.
Reily Township Historical Christmas Open
House was on December 6, at The
Hammond House Museum. Santa was
there and gave out goodies to the kids.
We sold all of our Poinsettias. We had
some new guests view the museum and
had a great day.
The Reily Township Historical Society met on Tuesday,
February 2, 2016 at the Reily Twp. Community Center.
Michael Condo now President, presented “The Life of Gilbert
‘Gus’ Condo”. Michael is the son of Gilbert Condo. Mr. Condo
graduated from UC Law School and was a very prominent
defense lawyer who practiced law in Butler County in the
1940’s and 50’s. He was the driving force behind the
establishment of the Butler County Park System (now
MetroParks) and the creation of Acton Lake and Hueston
Woods State Park in Preble County.