Lawrence County Museum of History

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


NOTE DATE CHANGE: Teen Brain Games will be held December 4 and 6 at the Stonegate Arts and Education Center. Currently looking for team members and sponsors for this annual event.

Recent activities:

Bloodshed on Black Friday: Historic Walk and Haunted Talk. Friday, Oct. 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Meet at Salt Creek Flea Market, 101 Oolitic Rd. Bedford.. It was a dark and rainy night and the event was a great success. Thank you Brumbaugh Catering for the good food.

Remembering Dutchtown & Old Lincoln School: An Evening with Charlie Walker,
Oct. 30, 6 p.m. -9 p.m., 2014 F. Street, Bedford. Funds were raised to create an historical sign honoring Dutchtown and Lincoln School. Plans are being made to create and install the sign as soon as possible. Thank you Brumbaugh Catering for the good food. It was a fun evening and another successful event.

Video interviews: Several Remembering Dutchtown and Old Lincoln School videos produced by Star Station are available online at:

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.  

  • Nov. 12, 2018, at 7 p.m—Angie Timan as Clara Barton and Debbie Patton as Enola Lee Gardner: "A 'Vest-ed Friendship."

  • 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 History, Indiana University, “Indiana and its Historic Landscapes.”

  • 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.” (video recording available soon)

  • July 9, 2018, at 7 p.m—Steve Grissom, "My cousin, Gus (Grissom)"

  • Aug. 13, 2018, at 7 p.m—Rowena Cross-Najafi, “History of the Lawrence County Jail”

  • Sept. 10, 2018, at 7 p.m—Clay Stuckey, "A Pictorial History of the West Baden Springs Hotel " See the presentation online:

  • Oct. 8, 2018, at 7 p.m—Prof. Lori Frye, IU School of Art, Architecture and Design: “Hair Apparent: Masculine Conformer or Feminine Rebellion? A Case Study of Ida B. Kenney, 1879 Indiana University Graduate."

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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