Lawrence County Museum of History

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


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.

“Brain games”—May 22, 24, 29 and 31 in the evening at Little Theatre of Bedford.

This important knowledge competition and museum fundraiser is in its seventeenth year. Thirty-two teams battle for the title in single-elimination tournament play. Team sponsorships are $150. Teams may consist of up to five members and an alternate, and there is no charge to play. Contact the museum at 812-278-8575 if you would like to sponsor a team, play on one, or volunteer to help.

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.

2018 Visiting speaker program, 7 p.m.—Second Monday of each month.  

  • May 14, 2018, at 7 p.m—Marla Jones, “Lawrence County Bicentennial Celebration.”
  • June 11, 2018, at 7 p.m—Peggy Julian, “The Vanderbilts and Bedford Limestone.”
  • July 9, 2018, at 7 p.m—to be announced.
  • Aug. 13, 2018, at 7 p.m—Larry Decker, “Odd Facts from Afghanistan.”
  • Sept. 10, 2018, at 7 p.m—to be announced.
  • Oct. 8, 2018, at 7 p.m—to be announced.
  • Nov. 12, 2018, at 7 p.m—to be announced.
  • Dec. 10, 2018, at 7 p.m—Volunteer appreciation dinner—details to be announced.

Earlier in 2018:

  • Jan. 8, 2018—Rex Knight, Pearl Harbor.
  • Feb. 12, 2018—Vicky Haralovich, Cave River Valley Park Vicky will have copies of the book she co-wrote with Michele Dutcher, Cave River Valley Park, for sale, and she will gladly autograph them.
  • March 12, 2018 at 7 p.m—Mike Harkness of Orange County Paranormal, “Exploring History Through Paranormal Evidence.”
  • April 9, 2018 at 7 p.m—Eric Sandweiss, Professor and Carmony Chair of History, Editor, Indiana Magazine of HistoryIndiana University, “Indiana and its Historic Landscapes.” 


  • 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.” 
  • May 8, 2017  —Robert Brummett, "Lawrence County History in Pictures." (vimeo recording coming soon)
  • June 12, 2017—Mike Shannon, "History of Rock and Roll."
  • July 10, 2017 —Dave Nord, "Rivers, Roads, and Rails: Mapping the Transportation History of Spring Mill and Lawrence County."
  • August 14, 2017—Karen Schwartz, President, Historical Society of Harrison County, "Finding Indiana"
  • September 11, 2017— Clay Stuckey, “The Monon Railroad in Lawrence County.”
  • October 9, 2017— John Williams, former Mayor of Bedford, “Williams Family History.” 
  • November 13, 2017— Danny Taylor, “History of Garvey Lane.”
  • December 11,2017— Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Volunteers, board members  and staff enjoyed a time of good food and good friends. Donna Brumbaugh provided the food for a wonderful meal.

Programs —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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