The Lawrence County Museum of History, Edward L. Hutton Research Library, exhibits and collections are dedicated to engage, inspire, educate, entertain and preserve objects of lasting interest for current and future generations to enjoy.
Check back soon for future Bicentennial Minutes postings.
African American History: Click for Lawrence County's Indiana State Library page.
History in the making: Click to view various videos of sites in Lawrence County.
Check out the Gift Shop for lots of interesting and unique items—historic photo coasters, framed reproductions of vintage photos, notecards, books by local authors, limestone souvenirs, collectible Boyd's bears, Envision handbags, mugs, doll clothes, aprons, and lots more. Prices are reasonable and 100% of the profits go to the museum.
Book Lovers: You can find a variety of books by local authors in the museum gift shop. To name a few: Ron Bell's book "Our Hoosier Heritage and Its Foundation, 1680-1820," The Cave's Path," a book by Shirley Williams and set in Lawrence County, "Letters Home"—Civil War letters written by Silas Mathes to his girlfriend in Bedford includes local and military pictures.
And, if you are looking for bargain books, used books of all kinds are for sale in the museum meeting room.
EDWARD L. HUTTON LIBRARY
Research Family History: The research library on the second floor has a plethora of family history information. Joyce Shepherd is the librarian, and she will be glad to assist researchers in their quests.
Want to see what your parents and grandparents looked like when they were teenagers? If they attended high school in Lawrence County, find the school yearbooks in the library on the second floor.
“Hoosier National Forest Exhibit” —“Caring for the Land and People Since 1935: The History of the Forest Service in Indiana” is on display in the Harold (“Mac”) and Shirley McReynolds Community Gallery on the second floor.
Current and Upcoming Events
“Brain games”—May 22, 24, 29 and 31 at Little Theatre of Bedford. This important knowledge competition and museum fundraiser is in its seventeenth year. Thirty-two teams battle for the title in single-elimination tournament play. Team sponsorships are $150. Teams may consist of up to five members and an alternate, and there is no charge to play. Contact the museum at 812-278-8575 if you would like to sponsor a team, play on one, or volunteer to help.
March 12, 7 p.m.—Mike Harkness of Orange County Paranormal, “Exploring History Through Paranormal Evidence.”
April 9, 7 p.m.—Professor Eric Sandweiss, Professor and Carmony Chair of History, Editor, Indiana Magazine of History, Indiana University, “Indiana and its Historic Landscapes.”
For future speakers, go to the Events page.
Clay Stuckey, "Limestone Mills of Lawrence County Prior to 1950." Program recording now available online—click to access.
In the Gallery
2018—Lawrence County's Bicentennial: It took a village to create the current county seat town of Bedford.
Rare Book Display: Books from personal collections in the 1830s are included. Also included are books from the 1850s which were part of the Indiana Township Library system.
Railroad: A digital railroad display is located near the Christmas at the Railroad Station display.
Lawrence County Timeline is available at the north end of the gallery.
Spring Mill: The large 1934 replica of the gristmill and a some of the village houses are currently on display. In addition, David Nord has created a poster presentation on Spring Mill transportation history. Both are located in the north end of the gallery.
Bud Isaacs—Country music fans will enjoy the exhibit honoring Bedford native, Forrest "Bud" Isaacs. Isaacs revolutionized the steel guitar. Click to see more.
Who are Lawrence County's Astronauts? The exhibit is in the north end of the gallery.
"Explore Lawrence County" is a museum trip through Lawrence County using innovative technology and touch screen controls. Tap your way to investigate Lawrence County’s history, places, people, industries, faith, arts, schools, sports, transportation, patriots, and mysteries. It's located near the front desk, and seats are available.