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

  • Museum Visiting Speakers Program Aug. 8, 2016 at 7: p.m.—Peggy Julian, "The World War II History of NAD Crane." 
  • The sixth Lawrence County History timeline banner will be unveiled, Aug. 8, 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: July will honor the servicemen and servicewomen who have helped to keep America free for all of us. Displays include personal items, flags, scrapbooks, uniforms, medals  and military effects from many of America's conflicts.
  • 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..

Interesting museum displays: A wolf trap and a bear trap used in the early 1800s by Leesville area settlers—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.

Want to see what your parents and grandparents looked like when they were teenagers? If they attended high school in Lawrence County before Bedford North Lawrence High School existed, search for their pictures in the extensive collection of local high school yearbooks— find them 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