Lawrence County Museum of History

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

Fundraising Activities

A variety of fundraising programs are employed to keep the Lawrence County Museum financially sound. 

Printer cartridges and cell phones: The museum continues to recycle used printer cartridges and cell phones for fundraising. If you have any of these items, please drop them off or give us a call at 812-278-8575 for pick-up.


Brain Games over four nights in May, and Teen Brain Games over two nights in November, promote learning and academic achievement in team-based, head-to-head knowledge competitions


THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE: The Kroger Gift Card program provided 3% refunds to the Lawrence County Museum of all funds spent by cardholders at Kroger, Jay-C and Ruler stores and gas stations. The cards could easily be reloaded at the stores. Thanks to The Kroger Co. for providing this fundraising opportunity.



Just before Halloween, our Historic Walk and Haunted Talk event illuminates interesting aspects of our county's history and explores associated paranormal evidence. 

The 2013 Halloween Event was held in Huron.  

On Oct. 25, 2013, about 70 visitors explored the history of Huron, heard about an 1861 troop train crash, the murder of a beloved O & M railroad stationmaster, the gruesome death of a regular lawbreaker. Re-enactors shared tales of what happened at each site. Soup and sandwiches were provided by Huron's WTK Club, and Believe Paranormal presented a short presentation on the strange sights and sounds found at a local Huron bridge.


Past Halloween Events:

  • 2012—Murder Mystery: “Murder Among Friends,” an historic walk, haunted talk and light supper focused on the 1866 murder of James Madison Evans by Dr. Benjamin Newland. Costumed characters told their stories and found  possible paranormal evidence.  Read about the event as reported in the Times Mail newspaper: 
  • 2011—Tracing Sarah Schafer's footsteps (2011):  The event was held Oct. 28. The evening covered the last hours of her life. Schafer was a Bedford High School teacher who was murdered on a stormy night in January 1904, and the case was never solved. The event began with an historic walk, in which costumed characters told versions of the events happening the night Schafer was murdered. The evening commenced with a haunted talk by Believe Paranormal and a soup dinner at the First Christian Church. Read about it as reported in the Times Mail newspaper: 
    Photos of the event: Who killed Sarah Schafer? A halloween reenactment. 

  • 2010—Murder and Mayhem in Mitchell” The  Oct. 29 event began with a guided tour around downtown Mitchell to the sites of many deaths that happened in the area. Re-enactors along the route, gave insight into what happened approximately 100 years ago. The walk included a stop at Whispers Estate, a fabled haunted bed and breakfast that has been the site of various paranormal investigations over the years and has been featured on the Travel Channel. Read about it as reported in the Times Mail newspaper: 
  • Read about the Mitchell, Indiana Whispers Estate: 



Bring used cell phones and printer cartridges to the museum: Used cell phones and printer cartridges are recycled for fundraising. 


The Friends of the Museum have an ongoing used book sale in the museum Meeting Room. Books are priced from $0.50 to $2.00 and all funds raised go to support the museum. There are many books to choose from including current fiction novels, romance, history, sports and children's books.



Walkway Stones are located on both outside edges of the walkway at the Lawrence County Museum's north entrance, which is conveniently located near the parking lot.  Stones can be inscribed with your name or the name of a loved one or organization. This is a great way for groups, clubs, school classes, etc. to support the museum. 

Brick size stones are $250 and square stones are $500.  The blank stones and inscriptions are provided to the museum without charge so if you are interested in getting a walkway stone, 100 percent of the purchase cost goes to support the museum.  

To purchase a walkway stone, contact the president. Or call Kenny White at 812-278-8575




929 15th Street, Bedford, IN 47421  |  (812) 278-8575  | | Tues-Fri: 9-4, Sat: 9-3