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).
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 third Lawrence County timeline banner will be unveiled, May 9, 2016, 6 p.m. at the main museum entrance on 15th Street. A "new historical banner" will be unveiled each month until December 2016.
- Museum Visiting Speakers Program: Andie Redwine, "History of the Mitchell Opera House" May 9, 2016, 7 p.m., museum Meeting Room.
- Who are Lawrence County's Astronauts: The astronaut exhibit has re-opened and a NASA Apollo Mission jacket has been added. The exhibit is in the north end of the first-floor gallery.
- You know you are a horse lover when… Charles Shetler has created an exhibit everyone can enjoy. It will be open soon in the Community Gallery on the second floor.
- Brain Games XV: Games will be played May 17, 19, 24 and 26 at the Little Theatre of Bedford. Teams and sponsors are currently being collected. Call the museum for information.
Museum Items of the month: A wolf trap and a bear trap used by early Leesville area settlers are located in the first-floor gallery.
How did parents in the 1950s know if their children's new shoes fit correctly? Find out at the exhibit in the gallery front window.