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.
Lawrence County Historical Location Records Archive: Personal memories can be forgotten, and places of historic value can be lost. An online archive is being created to identify as many historic locations as possible. Click to see details.
“Our Ancestors” a Lawrence County Bicentennial Legacy Project. Click to see some historical families.
Museum Corner 2019
• Can a Crown be Made of Feathers
• An Amazing Limestone Chain
• Museum Collecting Historic Site Data
• Local Face Graces “Miss Indiana” Statue
• They did it their way
• Locals, Companies Aided War Effort
• Talent and Imagination on Display
• Wilson’s store and hall—A Hub of Activity
• Faith the common bond that built Palestine, Bedford?
African American History: Click for Lawrence County's Indiana State Library page.
Journey Indiana comes to the museum: Indiana public media WTIU, brought a crew to the museum to film a segment of a new series, Journey Indiana. Hosts Ashley Dillard and Brandon Wentz discussed artifacts with museum president, Rowena Cross-Najafi.
Watch the show online: Journey Indiana Episode 102
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, Envision handbags, mugs, doll clothes, aprons, and lots more. Prices are reasonable and 100% of the profits go to the museum.
Book Lovers: You can find a variety of books by local authors in the museum gift shop. To name a few: Ron Bell's book "Our Hoosier Heritage and Its Foundation, 1680-1820," The Cave's Path," a book by Shirley Williams and set in Lawrence County, "Letters Home"—Civil War letters written by Silas Mathes to his girlfriend in Bedford includes local and military pictures.
And, if you are looking for bargain books, used books of all kinds are for sale in the museum meeting room.
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.
Current and Upcoming Events
Reed Station Conflagration: An historic house in Avoca will be the location of the museum’s October mystery walk fundraising event, Friday, Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m. The house existed in 1823 when Absolem Hart purchased both the house and a grain mill, which he operated until 1835 when he sold to James and Joseph Hamer. Most of us know the house as the stately white colonial house located at the former Avoca Fish Hatchery.
The event’s mystery involves Reed Station, a thriving primarily Italian-immigrant community once located southeast of Avoca and west of Oolitic.It became the scene of a dramatic series of events that would baffle law enforcement and test community ties. This event consists of an historic walk with costumed re-enactors exploring events, a light supper and a Believe Paranormal presentation about their investigations at the former fish hatchery.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students and may be purchased at the Lawrence County Museum.
Monthly Speaker ProgramS
Oct. 14, 7 p.m.—Dina Kellams, Indiana University Archivist, “Spring Mill State Park as University Farm.” ”
For future and past speakers, go to the Events page.
In the Gallery
Golf Ball Carvings—Charles Walters has been carving since 1980. Several of his whimsical artistic golf balls are on display. Fish, figures, holidays themes, animals are a few subjects carved from these dimpled round objects.
Women in History— Learn about a few of the many outstanding Lawrence County Women in this new exhibit located in the center of the gallery.
Fabulous Dollhouse—In the early 1980s, hobby artist, Marjorie Bailey, created a lovely dollhouse to resemble her Hillcrest Circle home. It’s on display in the front window.
Lawrence County Timeline is available at the north end of the gallery.
Spring Mill: The large 1934 replica of the gristmill and a some of the village houses are currently on display. In addition, David Nord has created a poster presentation on Spring Mill transportation history. Both are located in the north end of the gallery.
Railroad: A digital display of the Bedford Route of the Southern Indiana Railway—The Milwaukee Road.
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.
"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.
The American Revolutionary War—A Sandra Martindale Collection