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  

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.

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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.

Monthly
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). 

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.

 

 

Current and Upcoming Events

The Bicentennial Lawrence County Art Show is now on view 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.

  • The Lawrence County Bicentennial Bison has arrived: The  Bison can be seen in  first-floor gallery.
  • Museum Visiting Speakers Program Sept. 12, 2016 at 7: p.m.—Diane Hunter and Doug Pecenge, "The Miami Tribe Past and present."
  • The seventh Lawrence County History timeline banner will be unveiled, Sept. 12, 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:  Displays include personal items, flags, uniforms, medals  and military effects from many of America's conflicts.
  • Who are Lawrence County's Astronauts: The exhibit is in the north end of the first-floor gallery.

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. 

 


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 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 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@hpcisp.com | Tues-Fri: 9-4, Sat: 9-3