Lawrence County Museum of History

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

Temporary Displays

First floor Gallery: 

Lawrence County Bicentennial—Palestine, the county's first seat of government. Exhibit includes town plat maps for Palestine and the new town of Bedford as well as real estate information for exchanging your lot in Palestine for a lot in Bedford.  Look for two keys: one for the Palestine jail and one for the Palestine courthouse. 

Railroad: Local pictures and artifacts of a time when the railroad was big business.   

Spring Mill Gristmill Replica: The large model was completed in 1934 and was once exhibited at the Indiana State Fair and the Indianapolis Art Museum. It took four very strong men from Rick’s Gym to move it into the museum exhibit space. It's part of the Lawrence County Bicentennial display 2018.

Bud Isaacs—Country music fans will enjoy the exhibit honoring  Bedford native, Forrest "Bud" Isaacs. Isaacs revolutionized the steel guitar.  Click to see more.

Who are Lawrence County's Astronauts? The exhibit is in the north end of the gallery.


Harold and Shirley McReynolds Community Gallery—second floor: 

Bicentennial quilt exhibit—Beautiful exhibit presented by the Quarry Quilters

As a public service, the Harold and Shirley McReynolds Community  Gallery is available on a monthly basis free of charge to individuals, groups and organizations who wish to exhibit items of public interest. The Community Gallery is located on the second floor of the museum and is handicap accessible.  For details, go to:

Upcoming exhibits

2018: Lawrence County Indiana Bicentennial—Exhibits throughout the year will focus on Lawrence County during the past 200 years.

Lawrence County Museum's permanent collections

Click here to learn about the museum's permanent collections.



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