The display represents an early schoolroom. More recent school memorabilia, such as letter jackets, pictures and "senior cords" can be found at the museum. In order to have as many items as possible available for the public, exhibits and artifacts on display are changed periodically. This ensures the preservation of items for future generations.
U.S. Space Program
Three Lawrence County residents have been NASA astronauts, Kenneth Bowersox, Gus Grissom, Charles Walker. Another local resident, Raymond Pennington, came to Lawrence County on a wagon pulled by horses. Decades later, he was an electrician on the space project when John Glenn became the first American to circumnavigate the Earth.
In honor of those who served
Military displays include such items as flags, medals, awards, photos, uniforms and helmets. The painting of Lt. Harley H. Pope is from Pope Air Force Base.
The Red Cross quilt was made as a fundraiser during World War I.
The endless chain is made from a single piece of limestone. The clock is an early marble carving. The angel is limestone.
Fluoroscope (X-ray machine) from Bedford's Ideal shoe store (Donated by former Bedford mayor, John Williams.)
Piano and pump organ
The grand piano was built in 1885
In Ft. Ritner, like so many small village post offices, patrons came to pick up or send their mail.
Spring Mill Gristmill Model
At Spring Mill, pioneer settlers used water to power gristmills, a wool mill, a saw mill and a distillery. The gristmill and water wheel still function at Spring Mill State Park near Mitchell, Indiana.
1866 Plat Map
Our 1866 Plat map has undergone considerable conservation to be
preserved for future generations. Thanks to the Indiana Historical
Society and Gene Able of Acorn Valley Frames for their efforts in
preserving this historic map.
Nelson Sears (1905-1978 ) was one of Lawrence County's
most prolific artists. He was an active member of the Lawrence County
Art Association, the Hoosier Hills Art Guild and the Hoosier Art Salon.
The four-panel historical paintings were created by
Nelson Sears for his friend, Wayne Robbins, in 1976 . Robbins was the
founder of Convacare Services, and the paintings were created to decorate the
long upstairs hallway in the company's new office. Sears detailed the intricate building facades.
The Wayne Robbins family donated these historically significant
paintings to the Lawrence County Museum for the enjoyment of future
generations. The paintings currently hang in the Museum's Meeting Room.
The collection includes flags from both the North and the South in the war between the states.
The stereoscope allowed the viewer to see images in 3-D
Geodes, fossils and more
Always of interest
The mongoose and the cobra as well as other popular exhibits are still here.
Your grandparents probably saw them many years ago when the museum was in the courthouse basement. You can see them today, but the museum now has its own building located on the north side of Bedford's public square at 929 15th St.
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