Lawrence County Museum of History

Lawrence County Museum of History & Edward L. Hutton Research Library


The Brain Games annual competition is the major fundraising activity for the Lawrence County Museum. It is a team-based, head-to-head competition. If you like Jeopardy on television, you will enjoy the Brain Games. 

The games were held over four nights in May (12, 14, 19, 21). The Little Theatre of Bedford (1704 Brian Lane Way) will provide a great place to hold the competition—easy access and convenient parking.

There are always plenty of opportunities to have fun with this event.

  • Team sponsor. Cost: $150. 
  • Team player. Create your own team of players, or volunteer to be on a team. Team membership is FREE.
  • Be a part of the audience—no admission fee. It is really fun to watch.
  • Be a volunteer at the games.

2015 Winners: Bedford Laser Wash

By Jeff Routh 

"BEDFORD — Bedford Laser Wash claimed its second Brain Games title Thursday night by defeating Brad Bough for Mayor in the final match, 160-50.

"Bedford Laser Wash’s team, named “Veni, Vidi, Vici,” was composed of North Lawrence Community Schools educators Dennis Martin, Dennis Whitaker, Terry Tlustek, Chelsea Jensen and Adam Bunnell. The squad beat Turpen & Deckard, 250-40, in the third game of the night and defeated the Orleans Chamber of Commerce Bulldogs to advance to the championship.

"Brad Bough for Mayor beat Cosner’s Gun and Knife Shop, 190-170, in the second game and then defeated JKI Engineering, 130-110 to advance to the championship.

""JKi Engineering had beaten Hoosier Hills Credit Union, 140-110 in game one and The Orleans Bulldogs defeated Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, 170-150, in game four.

“We have a balanced team,” said Whitaker. “We generally all answer a question correctly each game.”

“We are all teachers and we all are avid readers,” said Martin, the team captain. 

"The championship game got off to a slow start as neither team knew how many clubs a professional golfer is allowed to have during a round (the answer is 14). Then Trent Bough knew the “Odessa File” was the title of Frederick Forsythe’s novel about the hunt for a former SS officer, to give Bough for Mayor the lead. Terry Tlustek knew Lazarus was the man Jesus called by name to come forth from the grave and also that Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest U.S. President to take the oath of office. Those two correct answers gave Laser Wash the lead, which it never relinquished.

"Adam Bunnell got the biggest chuckle of the game when he knew that Abu Dhabi was where Garfield threatened to send the annoying kitten Nermel.

"Brain Games is an annual fundraiser for the Lawrence County Museum of History. This was the 14th annual event. A second event is staged annual for middle school and high school students.

"A total of 32 teams participated in the games, which were conducted over four nights. A matching number of local sponsors pay entry fees for the teams to participate."

Source: TM News


  1. Little Theatre of Bedford
  2. Jim and Rowena Mount
  3. Bedford Laser Wash
  4. Day and Carter Mortuary
  5. Lehigh Cement
  6. Cosner's Gun and Knife Shop
  7.  Dee Rieber Team - Halstead Properties NYC
  8. Inklings - Hoosier PC
  9. Flinn Farms 
  10. Jason Jackson - Edward Jones
  11. In memory of Harold McReynolds
  12. RSI
  13. Bedford Ford Lincoln Roush
  14. Pynco I
  15. Pynco II
  16. Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home
  17. Tri-County Builders
  18. Steele & Steele
  19. Judy Macy State Farm Insurance
  20. Hoosier Hills Credit Union 1
  21. Bedford Furniture Galleries
  22. Turpen and Deckard
  23. Rotary Club of Bedford
  24. Orleans Chamber of Commerce
  25. JKI Engineering
  26. Bedford Evening Lions Club
  27. IU Health Bedford Hospital
  28. GM Powertrain
  29. Re-elect Mayor Shawna Girgis
  30. Brad Bough for Mayor
  31. United Way
  32. Hoosier Hills Credit Union 2

A look down memory lane: Click below to view sponsors and winners from some of the previous years:

Brain Games XIII (May 2014)

Brain Games XII (May 2013)

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