Lawrence County Museum of History

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

Rowena Cross-Najafi, President

Rowena Cross-Najafi, President

President: Rowena Cross-Najafi joined the museum as President of the Board in August 2009.  Since retiring in 2007 from a 20-year career as a Foreign Service Officer, Rowena has been an active volunteer with the BRI Historic Preservation Committee, the Lawrence County Concert Association, the Lawrence County Art Association, and the Bedford Rotary Club. Rowena and her husband are the proud owners of the 1904 former Lawrence County Jail and Sheriff's Residence.
Email: president@lcmuseum.org
Phone: (812) 278-8575

Vice President: Brad Bough
Phone: (812) 275-6411
Email: vetnet@lawrencecounty.in.gov
Brad is the Veterans Service officer for Lawrence County, and he is serving as museum vice president.

Joyce Shepherd, Librarian

Joyce Shepherd, Librarian

Librarian: Joyce Shepherd is the full time librarian in the Edward L. Hutton Research Library. She has been helping with the museum and library since 2000 and accepted the librarian position in 2002. Visitors who need help locating information amongst the over 1000 genealogy files and countless books and folders will find Joyce has an extensive knowledge of Lawrence County History and a knack for finding sought after information. Joyce enjoys working in the library and explains, "We are fortunate to have such an extensive genealogy collection. I enjoy helping people research their ancestors and the history of Lawrence County."

Looking for the librarian?  Joyce is at the museum Tuesday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Email: joyce@lcmuseum.org • Phone: (812) 278-8575

Collections Manager:  Glenda Reynolds is the Collections Manager. She is responsible for researching, documenting and caring for the museum’s extensive collection of historic artifacts. Glenda also manages the museum’s information technology infrastructure.
Email: glenda@lcmuseum.org • Phone: (812) 278-8575

Collections Assistant: Sandra Merrill is the Collections Assistant.
 Email: sandra@lcmuseum.org • Phone: (812) 278-8575

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Larry King, Former President, Vice President and extraordinary volunteer

Larry King  has been involved with the museum since 1993, previously serving as the board President and also as the Executive Director during the museum's transitional times. Larry coordinated the acquisition and remodeling of the outstanding museum facility that exists today. Besides heading up many of the museum's projects for growth and improvement, Larry also enjoyed discussing the museum artifacts with visitors. "I enjoy seeing and helping preserve the artifacts of yesteryear. I hope in years to come others can view our labors and understand how we lived."   Lifetime Achievement Awarded December 2018    Larry and Janet King ,  were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for “many decades of immeasurable dedication” to the museum. Larry, a Lawrence County native, graduated from Oolitic High School and, after a successful career with General Motors in Bedford, retired in February 1993 and began a second “career” with our museum a month later, in March 1993. He served as Board Member, Vice President, President and again Vice President before leaving the board in 2014. During his tenure as President, Larry oversaw the purchase and renovation of our current museum building, a huge and phenomenally successful undertaking. Janet volunteered alongside Larry and compiled “Lawrence County Schools 1814-1930” as well as making countless other contributions over the years.

Larry King has been involved with the museum since 1993, previously serving as the board President and also as the Executive Director during the museum's transitional times. Larry coordinated the acquisition and remodeling of the outstanding museum facility that exists today. Besides heading up many of the museum's projects for growth and improvement, Larry also enjoyed discussing the museum artifacts with visitors. "I enjoy seeing and helping preserve the artifacts of yesteryear. I hope in years to come others can view our labors and understand how we lived."

Lifetime Achievement Awarded December 2018

Larry and Janet King, were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for “many decades of immeasurable dedication” to the museum. Larry, a Lawrence County native, graduated from Oolitic High School and, after a successful career with General Motors in Bedford, retired in February 1993 and began a second “career” with our museum a month later, in March 1993. He served as Board Member, Vice President, President and again Vice President before leaving the board in 2014. During his tenure as President, Larry oversaw the purchase and renovation of our current museum building, a huge and phenomenally successful undertaking. Janet volunteered alongside Larry and compiled “Lawrence County Schools 1814-1930” as well as making countless other contributions over the years.

929 15th Street, Bedford, IN 47421  |  (812) 278-8575  |  lchgs@hpcisp.com | Tues-Fri: 9-4, Sat: 9-3