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.
African American History: In cooperation with the Indiana State Library, Lawrence County now has an Indiana Memory web page. The African-American History Collection, an Indiana Bicentennial project, is the first collection to be posted to that page. Click to access.
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, doll clothes, aprons, and lots more.
The Cave's Path," a book by Shirley Williams and set in Lawrence County, is now available.
Book Lovers: You can find a variety of books by local authors in the museum gift shop. Ron Bell's book "Our Hoosier Heritage and Its Foundation, 1680-1820" is now available. And, if you are looking for bargain books, used books of all kinds are for sale in the museum meeting room.
The Historical and Genealogical Society meeting is the second Monday of each month. Short business meeting at 6:30 p.m.; topical presentation 7:00 p.m. (Upcoming speakers and presentation topics).
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.
Coming Nov. 3—The History of the Forest Service in Indiana. Caring for the Land and Serving People since 1935: How was the Hoosier National Forest established? How has it influenced Southern Indiana's people and natural resources. The exhibit includes tools, equipment, maps used by Forest Service employees and the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Current and Upcoming Events
"Second Annual Scare Around the Square," held October 31 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. was a fun event. The Halloween Trick or Treat event included the museum and participating businesses and offices and was sponsored by the Downtown Merchants of Bedford.
“Hoosier National Forest Exhibit” —The exhibit is located on the second floor in the Harold (“Mac”) and Shirley McReynolds Community Gallery.
Teen Brain Games —Nov. 14 and 16 at the BNL Star Station Studio. Sixteen teams sponsored by sixteen local businesses will match wits in a single-elimination tournament until a single team emerges victorious. The games begin at 6:00 each evening.
"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.
Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.—Danny Taylor, “History of Garvey Lane.” Garvey Lane was once the epicenter of the local limestone industry's stone mills.
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
Vintage Button Display: Button hats, mermaids, movie stars, World's Fair, bingo, cowboys, military and so many topics are included in Janet Wert Crampton's extensive button collection—all on original cards.
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: Local pictures and artifacts of a time when the railroad was big business. An additional digital railroad display is now up and running.
Lawrence County Timeline is available at the north end of the gallery.
Spring Mill Gristmill Replica: The large model was completed in 1934 and was once exhibited at the Indiana State Fair and the Indianapolis Art Museum. It took four very strong men from Rick’s Gym to move it into the museum exhibit space.
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.