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  

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, doll clothes, aprons, and lots 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). 

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, search for their pictures in the extensive collection of local high school yearbooks— find the yearbooks in the library on the second floor. 

 

 

 

Current and Upcoming Events

"Explore Lawrence County"  is a  trip through Lawrence County using innovative technology and touch screen controls. It is being enjoyed by both children and adults.

Tap your way to investigate Lawrence County’s history, places, people, industries, faith, arts, schools, sports, transportation, patriots, and mysteries.

Speaker ProgramS

Feb. 13, 2017 at 7 p.m. —Emily Engstrom, and Rowena Cross-Najafi, "New Discoveries in Lawrence County African-American History"

March 13, 2017 at 7 p.m. —Clay Stuckey, "Limestone Mills of Lawrence County Prior to 1950"

For future speakers, go to the Events page.

In the Gallery

Valentine collection:  Beautiful valentines originally given to Mitchell teacher, Miss Myrtle Bixler, in 1917. Some are elaborate, some hand-made—all are a delight.

Bud Isaacs—Country music fans will enjoy the exhibit honoring  Bedford native, Forrest "Bud" Isaacs. Isaacs revolutionized the steel guitar by adding foot and knee pedals allowing pitch changes. Mementos from his Hall of Fame career are located in this gallery exhibit. Click to see more.

John and Ester Ginger's beautiful dollhouse is currently on display.  

Who are Lawrence County's Astronauts: The exhibit is in the north end of the first-floor gallery.  Its most recent addition is a crew-signed poster donated by Charles Walker.

Be Informed

Museum Collections Policy—The revised collections management policy was approved in November 2016. Click to review the new policy


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