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Lawrence County Museum of History

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929 15th Street
Bedford, IN 47421 United States
(812) 278-8575 http://lawrencecountyhistory.org/

The museum is housed in the 100 year old Hamer-Smith building at 929 15th Street in Bedford, Indiana. The Lawrence County Museum of History is home to many interesting artifacts that showcase the history and heritage of Lawrence County. Most of these are housed in the 2400 sq. ft. gallery. You will find the gallery cases arranged thematically with collections focusing on military history, antique clothing, school history, and many other topics.

To access the museum, you can park off-street in the large parking lot at the north entrance. Parking is also available on 15th street at the south entrance. The museum is handicap accessible at the north entrance and there is a spacious elevator and a staircase to reach the second floor library.

October 2018

Bloodshed on Black Friday

October 26, 2018 @ 5:30 pm EDT
Lawrence County Museum of History, 929 15th Street
Bedford, IN 47421 United States
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$10 – $20

Join the Lawrence County Museum of History in exploring the 1909 murder of Lawrence County small businessman George Moss. You will hear the story through witnesses, local officials, and suspicious characters.

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January 2019

The Year in Pictures

January 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm EST
Lawrence County Museum of History, 929 15th Street
Bedford, IN 47421 United States
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LAW Bicentennial 2018

Visit the Lawrence County Museum of History, and take a look back on an amazing year in 2018. Enjoy a collection of photos that feature Lawrence County's Bicentennial Celebration.

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May 2021

History of the Milwaukee Railroad in Lawrence County

May 10, 2021 @ 7:00 pm EDT
Lawrence County Museum of History, 929 15th Street
Bedford, IN 47421 United States
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MILWAUKEE RAILROAD IN LAWRENCE COUNTY Join us at the Lawrence County Museum of History to hear Clay Stuckey speak about the history of the Milwaukee Railroad now known as Milwaukee Trail. This trail is currently 11 miles long, stretching from Bedford to Williams.

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June 2021

Between Imitation and Arbitration – A Limestone Month Presentation

June 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm EDT
Lawrence County Museum of History, 929 15th Street
Bedford, IN 47421 United States
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Free

Between Imitation and Arbitration Our Limestone Heritage Month guest speakers are Jei Jeeyea Kim, Assistant Professor, and W. Dorian Bybee, Lecturer, both from the J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program, Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design at Indiana University. The name of their presentation is "Between Imitation and Arbitration." In addition to a wealth of information about how local limestone was used in architecture, Professor Kim and Mr. Bybee have also lent the museum a very interesting exhibit on limestone…

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September 2021

Underwater Cemeteries

September 13, 2021 @ 6:30 pm EDT
Lawrence County Museum of History, 929 15th Street
Bedford, IN 47421 United States
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A PRESENTATION Monroe Lake's naturalist, Jill Vance, will be the speaker for the Lawrence County History Center's membership meeting! The presentation is free and OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. Before Monroe Lake was built, the Salt Creek Valley was full of small towns, farms, and cemeteries. When the Army Corps of Engineers decided to build a reservoir here, they identified eight cemeteries that needed to be relocated. This is the story of those cemeteries, how the graves were disinterred, and where…

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December 2022

Incredible Alaska

December 12, 2022 @ 7:00 pm EST
Lawrence County Museum of History, 929 15th Street
Bedford, IN 47421 United States
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INCREDIBLE ALASKA Learn about growing up, raising a family and working with indigenous peoples as Marci Hawkins shares her stories of life in America's last frontier.

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August 2023

Speaker Program

August 14, 2023 @ 7:00 pm EDT
Lawrence County Museum of History, 929 15th Street
Bedford, IN 47421 United States
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Free
Lawrence County Museum, Limestone

LAWRENCE COUNTY MUSEUM Allison Duerk will present a speaker program on "Eugene V. Debs and the Eugene V. Debs Museum in Terre Haute," at the Lawrence County Museum this Monday, August 14, at 7 p.m. The speaker program follows the regular LCHGS monthly meeting, which is at 6:30 p.m. Both the meeting and the speaker program are free and open to the public, and we hope to see you there!

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July 2024

Sarah Schafer Memory Walk

July 13th @ 7:00 pm EDT
Lawrence County Museum of History, 929 15th Street
Bedford, IN 47421 United States
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Sarah Schafer, a 23-year-old Latin teacher at Bedford High School, was murdered on January 21, 1904, in an alley off Lincoln Avenue. The murder remains unsolved after 120 years. This memory walk will include stops at the site of the mortuary where Schafer's body was embalmed, and Death Valley, where her body was found. Come for a night of history and learn about some of the suspects who were thought to be involved in the murder. You might even learn…

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