Hamilton Courses

Wednesday Classes

Over There, Over Here: Butler County Stories of WWI

Extensive research conducted by the staff and volunteers of the Butler County Historical Society has unearthed fascinating stories of Butler County soldiers in WWI and the effects of the war on those at home. This class will include a tour of the WWI exhibit now on display at the Historical Society, a description of wartime military and civilian dress, a discussion of life on the homefront, and detailed accounts, often in their own words, of the Butler County men and women who served in the Great War. The class will conclude with tours of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and Heritage Hall in Hamilton.


Sara Butler, Professor Emerita of Art, taught at Miami University for 35 years. Since retiring, she has served on the Board of Trustees of the Butler County Historical Society where she has the good fortune of researching and preparing exhibits and working with the costume collection.

Kathy Creighton is the Executive Director of the Butler County Historical Society.

Dates and Location

5 Wednesdays: April 4–May 2; 10:15–11:30am
Butler County Historical Society, 327 N. Second St., Hamilton

Interesting and Little-Known Facts about France

This class will offer a few important facts about the French language in order to facilitate its unique pronunciation. Many interesting and little-known facts about France will be featured. In addition, each class will feature a French song and French greetings and expressions. No prior training in French is necessary, but some high school or college French would be helpful.


Carole Kuhn, retired foreign language teacher and former Department Head of Foreign Languages at Fairfield Senior High School.

5 Wednesdays: April 4–May 2; 1:30–2:45pm
Young Conference Room, Berkeley Square

Designs in Modular Knitting

This class is designed for those knitters who want something more than back-and-forth knitting. It will feature squares with diagonals which can be perfectly joined. The teacher will help students design a pattern for a modular purse, scarf, or vest. Small size #2–#4 needles are preferred. The beauty of modular knitting lies in the use of these small knitting needles.


Carole Kuhn is a published knitwear designer specializing in modular knitting. Her modular published designs feature squares, triangles, shells, and pinwheels which are knitted into vests, sweaters, jackets, and purses.

Dates and Location

5 Wednesdays: April 4–May 2; 3:15–4:30pm
Young Conference Room, Berkeley Square Supply Fee: $15, payable at the first class, for needles and yarn if needed

Thursday Classes

A Shaw Festival

We will read and discuss four of George Bernard Shaw’s plays: The Doctor’s Dilemma, Arms and the Man, The Devil’s Disciple, and Pygmalion. Read the first two acts of The Doctor’s Dilemma for the first meeting.


Henry Cepluch is a former elementary school teacher and outreach arts director. He brings over 50 years of experience working in theater, both amateur and professional. Class text: Participants will need copies of the four plays, which are available at bookstores like Half Price Books, libraries, and online.

Dates and Location

5 Thursdays: April 5–May 3; 10:45am–noon
Phillips Presentation Room, Berkeley Square

World War II: 1939–1945

Each week will include a year or specific years of the war. Week 1: how it all started, going back to the 1920s and the Treaty of Versailles. Week 2: WWII, Sept. 1939–Dec. 7, 1941, Germany invades Poland and the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan. Week 3: WWII, 1942–1943, the Declaration of the United Nations and Eisenhower appointed Commander of the invasion of Europe. Week 4: WWII, 1944, famous battles (D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, the bombing of Hiroshima). Week 5: WWII, 1945, victory.


William Merritt, retired after 35 years at General Electric as a Manager of Service Engineering. In World War II he served in the Army Air Corps as a Squadron Captain in Air Force Engineering.

Dates and Location

5 Thursdays: April 5–May 3; 1:00–2:15pm
Phillips Presentation Room, Berkeley Square

Monday and Wednesday Classes

Tai Chi for Better Balance

Tai Chi is an introspective martial arts class that relies on sensory perception and being fully aware of oneself to respond to situations that require reaction time and coordination. It involves a series of slow meditative movements that allow a person to relax and enhance balance and health. This 8-week class will build on movements learned in each class, culminating in one final flowing sequence.


Hillary Swift is a Wellness Specialist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health. She teaches Yoga, Tai Chi, and group exercise classes at Elements.

Dates and Location

8 Mondays and Wednesdays: April 2–May 23; noon–1:00pm
NOTE: This class meets twice per week for eight weeks.
Elements, Berkeley Square

ILR events/classes involving walking/hiking/exercise may be strenuous for some. Please use discretion when registering.