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.
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, doll clothes, aprons, and lots more.
The Cave's Path," a book by Shirley Williams and set in Lawrence County, is now available.
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).
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.
Columbus Day: In celebration of Columbus Day, Sandra Martindale’s Christopher Columbus collection will be on display until Oct. 15.
Current and Upcoming Events
“Carnage by the Creek” —Historic Walk, Haunted Talk and Light Supper on Fri., October 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Pine Hall in Otis Park. This year’s event focuses on the 1911 murder of Lawrence County farmer James Mitchell, whose detour on the way home from Bedford that November evening cost him his life. Following the historic walk with costumed reenactors, guests can enjoy a light supper prepared by Donna Brumbaugh and a presentation by Believe Paranormal of their research into sites relevant to the murder. Tickets available at the museum: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and older, and $10 for students.
Teen Brain Games —Nov. 14 and 16 at the BNL Star Station studio. Team sponsorships are $100. Also looking for players in grades 6 through 12 and the home-school equivalent, and volunteers to help run the games on those two evenings. Please call the museum or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
"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.
Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.—John Williams, former Mayor of Bedford, “Williams Family History.”
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: Local pictures and artifacts of a time when the railroad was big business. An additional digital railroad display is now up and running.
Lawrence County Timeline is available at the north end of the gallery.
Spring Mill Gristmill Replica: The large model was completed in 1934 and was once exhibited at the Indiana State Fair and the Indianapolis Art Museum. It took four very strong men from Rick’s Gym to move it into the museum exhibit space.
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.