Lawrence County Museum of History

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


"Brain Games XVI"  May 16, 18, 23, 25, 2017. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Little Theatre of Bedford. This fundraising event was the brainchild of Harold (Mac) McReynolds. Sponsors, participants and audience members have a great time. Mark your calendar and come enjoy this sixteen-year tradition.

Monthly Meeting

The Historical and Genealogical Society meeting

  • Second Monday of each month in the Meeting Room, Lawrence County Museum of History
  • 6:30 p.m.—Business meeting—open to everyone 
  • 7:00 p.m.—Speaker's program: Speaker and topics change each month. These public events are free and available for everyone to enjoy.

2017 Visiting speaker program, 7 p.m.—Second Monday of each month.  

  • May 8, 2017—Robert Brummett, "Lawrence County History in Pictures."

Earlier this year—2017:

  • Jan. 9, 2017—Angie Timan, "Rosie the Riveter and the World War II Home Front."
  • Feb. 13, 2017—Emily Engstrom and Rowena Cross-Najafi, "New Discoveries in Lawrence County African-American History."
  • March 13, 2017—Clay Stuckey, "Limestone Mills of Lawrence County Prior to 1950." 
    Recording now available:    
  • April 10, 2017—Robert Henderson, Clerk-Treasurer of the Town of Orleans, “Historic Orleans Indiana.” 

Programs last year—2016

  • Jan. 11—(program cancelled due to inclement weather)
  • Feb. 8—Panel discussion by local African Americans: "Lawrence County Memories."
  • March 14—Stephen and Kim Fields, "The American Frontier Flintlock Hunting Rifle and its Accoutrements."
  • April 11—Carole Anderson, "Glover Family History."
  • May 9—Andie Redwine: "History of the Mitchell Opera House."
  • June 13—Ron Bell, Our Hoosier Heritage and Its Foundation, 1680-1820” (video presentation plus Q&A)
  • July 11—Carol Faenzi, "The Stonecutter's Aria." The presentation is being sponsored by Elliott Stone Co. Inc.
  • Aug. 8—Peggy Julian, “The World War II History of NAD Crane”
  • Sept. 12—Diane Hunter and Doug Peconge, "The Miami Tribe Past and Present."
    If you missed this program, thanks to Maria Edwards, it is now available online at:
  • Oct. 10—Chief Boatswains Mate Travis Sanders, USCG retired, "History of the Coast Guard."
  • Nov. 14—Lee Hutchinson, "Through the Flak and Back: A World War II Bombing Mission." Now available for viewing at: 

If you would be interested in speaking at a meeting on a topic of historical interest, or sponsoring a meeting, please e-mail Rowena Cross Najafi at:

Many of the past programs are available online. Click on the links below to see topics and view past presentations.

2014—Speaker's Program presentations   

2013—Speaker's Program presentations

2012 —Speaker's Program presentations

Many of the programs are recorded and made available on Vimeo by the Star Station at Bedford North Lawrence High School. See the available programs by clicking on the appropriate year of speaker programs above.

Other presentations can be accessed at 

Historic Preservation

Watch Marla Jones and Rowena Cross-Najafi discuss what that means here in Lawrence County—The Star Station presentation can be viewed at any time:

Indiana History Project


Book Sale

The Friends of the Museum are having an ongoing used book sale in the meeting room of the museum. 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.

Related events 

Do you know of a history or heritage focused event going on in or around Lawrence County? Please email us at, and we'll add it here. 

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