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  

Lawrence County Bicentennial Legacy Project “Our Ancestors.” 
Brashear Family: https://vimeo.com/255806923
Dave Jacobs and Bedford Furniture:
https://vimeo.com/260085616
Spoonmore Family: https://vimeo.com/263935578

Check back for future Bicentennial Minutes postings.

Museum Corner 2019
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Can a Crown be Made of Feathers
• An Amazing Sculptured Limestone Chain

African American History:  Click for Lawrence County's Indiana State Library page.

Journey Indiana comes to the museum: Indiana public media WTIU, brought a crew to the museum to film a segment of a new series, Journey Indiana. Hosts Ashley Dillard and Brandon Wentz discussed artifacts with museum president, Rowena Cross-Najafi. 
Watch the show online: Journey Indiana Episode 102

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.

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. 

Mapping Lawrence County —An Annotated Bibliography from 1818-1941” by David Paul Nord is now available in the gift shop. It is also available online at the Indiana Historical Society.

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. 

Current and Upcoming Events

Speaker ProgramS

February 11, 7 p.m., David Nord, “From Wood and Water to Iron and Coal: The Transformation of Milling in Lawrence County and Indiana in the 19th Centurys”

For future and past speakers, go to the Events page.

In the Gallery

It took a village to create the current county seat town of Bedford. See town plats, early architecture, artifacts and more. These Lawrence County Bicentennial exhibits will be available for a short time only.

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.  

"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.

McReynolds
Community Gallery

Bicentennial Quilt Display: A beautiful quilt exhibit created by the Quarry Quilters of Bedford, Ind. You won't want to miss this! This exhibit ended Nov. 15.

Recent Museum Activities

Time Capsule 2068: The museum completed and sealed the time capsule to be opened 50 years from now.  It is now in the vault. Thanks to everyone who participated in this fun activity.


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 McREYNOLDS 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 McREYNOLDS 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