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.
PLEASE NOTE: In view of the sidewalk construction on 15th street in front of the museum, you might find it easier to enter the museum at the north entrance. Enjoy the flower garden on the way. The museum parking lot is nearby with plenty of parking, and the museum is open and ready to welcome you.
Lawrence County Bicentennial Legacy Project “Our Ancestors.”
Brashear Family: https://vimeo.com/255806923
Dave Jacobs and Bedford Furniture:
Spoonmore Family: https://vimeo.com/263935578
Check back soon for future Bicentennial Minutes postings.
Museum Corner 2018
• We were not the first to live here
• Palestine was the County's First Seat of Justice
• Bedford was the Second County Seat
• Time marches on—Historic houses remain
• Time traveling—Bedford 1840s
• Much ado about township organization
• Railroads big part of Marion Township history
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, Envision handbags, mugs, doll clothes, aprons, and lots more. Prices are reasonable and 100% of the profits go to the museum. Newest items: vintage 5-piece sets of dishes from Bedford High School (BHS) as well as new children's jewelry.
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.
Current and Upcoming Events
Aug. 9, 2018— 50 years after it was sealed, the 1968 Time Capsule will be opened! Please plan to join us for this historic occasion! Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. in the museum meeting room! Plans are being made to video and live stream some of the activities. Go to the museum's Facebook page for updates.
Recent Limestone Festival Activity held at the museum. See what was available in the online Photo Album.
"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.
Aug. 13, 2018, at 7 p.m—Rowena Cross Najafi, "A History of the Lawrence County Jail." It's a castle, a jail, a home.
For future and past speakers, go to the Events page.
In the Gallery
2018—Lawrence County's Bicentennial: It took a village to create the current county seat town of Bedford. See town plats, early architecture, artifacts and more.
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.
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.
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.
“Hoosier National Forest Exhibit” —“Caring for the Land and People Since 1935: The History of the Forest Service in Indiana”
This exhibit ended June 28, but click to see a few of the highlights.
Coming soon: A beautiful quilt exhibit—check back for opening date.