Lawrence County Museum of History

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


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.

Reed Station Conflagration, A Halloween mystery walk:

October 25, 5:30 p.m. at former Avoca State Fish Hatchery

In the first decade of the last century, Reed Station was a small but thriving community of Italian immigrants between Oolitic and Avoca. It became the scene of a dramatic series of events that would baffle law enforcement and test community ties. This event consists of a historic walk, in which costumed reenactors explore the events at Reed Station, a light supper of soup, cornbread, and dessert, and a presentation by Believe Paranormal 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. We hope to see you there!

2019 Visiting speaker program, 7 p.m.—Second Monday of each month.  

  • Oct. 14, 7 p.m.—Dina Kellams, Indiana University Archivist, “Spring Mill State Park as University Farm.” 

  • Nov. 11, 7 p.m.—Lizzie Grennan Browning, Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, Midwestern/Indiana Community History Fellow, Environmental Resilience Institute | Indiana University, “Lawrence County’s Environmental History.”

  • Dec. 9, 7 p.m.—Volunteer appreciation dinner—Museum Meeting Room.

    Earlier this year—2019:

  • January 14, 7 p.m., Warren and Susan Crawford, “Lawrence County Bicentennial: The Year in Pictures.”

  • February 11, 7 p.m., David Nord, “From Wood and Water to Iron and Coal: The Transformation of Milling in Lawrence County and Indiana in the 19th Century.”

  • March 11, 7 p.m.—Ron Bell, “Indian Raids in South-Central Indiana, 1810-1817.”

  • April 8, 7 p.m.—Vivian Wolfe, “Brown County Cemetery Preservation Society.”

  • May 13, 7 p.m.—Joyce Mundy, “Civil War Stories” including stories passed down through her family and tales gleaned from her great-great grandfather’s Civil War diary.

  • June 10, 7 p.m.—Glenda Reynolds and Sandra Merrill, “Beyond the Gallery: A Celebration of Never Before Seen Artifacts from the Lawrence County Museum Collection”

  • July 8, 7 p.m.—Bob Moody, Author, “The Terror of Indiana: Bent Jones and the Moody-Tolliver Feud”

  • August 12, 7 p.m.—Peggy Julian, “History of the First Presbyterian Church of Bedford.”

  • Sept. 9, 7 p.m.—Clay Stuckey, “The Ku Klux Klan, D.C. Stephenson and the Murder of Madge Oberholtzer.”

2018—Speaker’s Program presentations

2017— Speaker's Program presentations

2016— Speaker's Program 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


Stop by the museum gift shop for unique, locally-made and/or locally-focused items for everyone on your list. You will find books, mugs, coasters, cards, limestone souvenirs, handbags, aprons, doll clothes, and lots more. Prices are reasonable and 100% of the profits go to the museum.

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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