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 out the Gift Shop for wonderful local offerings. You'll find items using historical images, books by local authors, limestone sculptural items, and much more.
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).
The Bicentennial Lawrence County Art Show will be on view for just a few more days in the Community Gallery on the second floor. The show was organized by W. David Fields and includes artwork by ten contemporary artists and three historic artists. Numerous Lawrence County scenes are depicted in the show.
Museum Collections Policy—The revised collections management policy was approved in November 2016. Click to review the new policy.
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 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, search for their pictures in the extensive collection of local high school yearbooks— find the yearbooks in the library on the second floor.
Current and Upcoming Events
Halloween event: tickets are now on sale for “Tragedy in Tunnelton,” our annual historic walk, haunted talk and light supper. This year we will explore the 1882 massacre of three members of the notorious Wilson Gang in downtown Tunnelton. The event is Thursday, October 27, and will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the barn at Guthrie Meadows B&B in Tunnelton. Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and over, $10 for children and students with ID. Get your tickets at the museum.
Teen Brain Games are set for November 15 and 17 from 6-9 p.m. at the BNL Star Station Studio. You’ll enjoy this head-to-head academic knowledge competition, now in its thirteenth year. Players are students in grades 6 through 12 or the homeschool equivalent. For information on how to register to play, sponsor, or volunteer, please call (812) 278-8575, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or feel free to just come out and enjoy the games as a member of the audience.
- Museum Visiting Speakers Program, Nov. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m.—Lee Hutchinson, "Through the Flak and Back: A World War II Bombing Mission."
- The ninth Lawrence County History timeline banner will be unveiled, Nov. 14, 2016, 6:00 p.m. at the museum entrance on 15th Street. A "new historical banner" will be unveiled each month until December 2016.
- Let Freedom Ring: Political buttons, banners, and all sort of advertising from past campaigns are on display in the gallery.
- Who are Lawrence County's Astronauts: The exhibit is in the north end of the first-floor gallery. A new crew-signed poster donated by Charles Walker has been added to the exhibit.