Lawrence County Museum of History

Lawrence County Museum of History & Edward L. Hutton Research Library

 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.


What's Happening  

Remembering Indiana’s Senator Richard Lugar
Click to see details.

Lawrence County Historical Location Records Archive: Personal memories can be forgotten, and places of historic value can be lost. An online archive is being created to identify as many historic locations as possible. Click to see details.

“Our Ancestors” a Lawrence County Bicentennial Legacy Project. Click to see some historical families.

Museum Corner 2019
• 
Can a Crown be Made of Feathers
• An Amazing Limestone Chain
• Museum Collecting Historic Site Data
• Local Face Graces “Miss Indiana” Statue
• They did it their way
• Locals, Companies Aided War Effort

LOCALS, COMPANIES AIDED WAR EFFORT

African American History:  Click for Lawrence County's Indiana State Library page.

Journey Indiana comes to the museum: Indiana public media WTIU, brought a crew to the museum to film a segment of a new series, Journey Indiana. Hosts Ashley Dillard and Brandon Wentz discussed artifacts with museum president, Rowena Cross-Najafi. 
Watch the show online: Journey Indiana Episode 102

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, 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. 

Mapping Lawrence County —An Annotated Bibliography from 1818-1941” by David Paul Nord is now available in the gift shop. It is also available online at the Indiana Historical Society.

And, if you are looking for bargain books, used books of all kinds are for sale in the museum meeting room.

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It is a mystery! 
Do you know the history of the small chapel at Beech Grove Cemetery? Click for enlarged image.

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. 

Current and Upcoming Events

Monthly Speaker ProgramS

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). 

July 8, 7 p.m.—Bob Moody, Author, “The Terror of Indiana: Bent Jones and the Moody-Tolliver Feud”

For future and past speakers, go to the Events page.

In the Gallery

Golf Ball Carvings—Charles Walters has been carving since 1980. Several of his whimsical artistic golf balls are on display. Fish, figures, holidays themes, animals are a few subjects carved from these dimpled round objects.

Women in History— Learn about a few of the many outstanding Lawrence County Women in this new exhibit located in the center of the gallery.

Fabulous Dollhouse—In the early 1980s, hobby artist, Marjorie Bailey, created a lovely dollhouse to resemble her Hillcrest Circle home. It’s on display in the front window.

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.

Railroad: A digital display of the Bedford Route of the Southern Indiana Railway—The Milwaukee Road.

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.

McReynolds
Community Gallery


The American Revolutionary War—A Sandra Martindale Collection


At Your Service

The MEETING ROOM is located on the first floor and has a kitchenette. It is available to rent for meetings and special events.

The MEETING ROOM is located on the first floor and has a kitchenette. It is available to rent for meetings and special events.

The McREYNOLDS COMMUNITY GALLERY is available on a monthly basis free of charge to individuals, groups and organizations who wish to exhibit items of public interest.

The McREYNOLDS COMMUNITY GALLERY is available on a monthly basis free of charge to individuals, groups and organizations who wish to exhibit items of public interest.

Enjoy visiting the museum with your children or grandchildren—It is fun for visitors of all ages.

Enjoy visiting the museum with your children or grandchildren—It is fun for visitors of all ages.

929 15th Street, Bedford, IN 47421  |  (812) 278-8575  |  lchgs@lcmuseum.org | Tues-Fri: 9-4, Sat: 9-3