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  

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, 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. 

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). 

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. 

Community Gallery

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

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 11. Anyone who volunteered time to the museum in 2017 is invited to come and enjoy dinner with us.

Among the Christmas decorations: Exhibited in the two front windows—Christmas at the Train Station, and A Log Cabin Christmas.

“Hoosier National Forest Exhibit” —“Caring for the Land and People Since 1935: The History of the Forest Service in Indiana” is on display in the  Harold (“Mac”) and Shirley McReynolds Community Gallery on the second floor. 

"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.

Speaker ProgramS

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: A digital railroad display is located near the Christmas at the Railroad Station display. 

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.

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.  

 


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