The Bedford Historical Society

The Keepers of History...

Remembering the Great War

  Opening June 2016, Remembering the Great War, World War I

  The Bedford Historical Society is located in Bedford Ohio. The Society maintains four historical structures: A general Americana museum, 12,000 volume library and archives is located in the 1874 Town Hall; the 1832 Hezekiah Dunham House is furnished to reflect three critical periods of occupancy; the 1892 former Baptist Church has a restored sanctuary reflecting the early Protestant Sunday School design of architect Jacob Snyder. These three structures are owned by the Society and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Additionally, the Bedford Historical Society maintains a 1920s passenger rail station in restored 1882 train depot.
  The educational programs of the Bedford Historical Society include a monthly adult Lyceum series and occasional special Open Houses. Children's programs include tours and hands-on activities. Special tours are always welcome and are customized to the group.
  The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter and has several books in publication.
  The Society receives its main funding through membership dues and fundraisers including the annual Strawberry Festival held on the second weekend of June each year.


Membership in the Bedford Historical Society is open to anyone with an interest in history.
Yearly dues are $10 for an individual;
$20 per family;
$25 contributing member;
$150 Life member.

The Town Hall Museum is open to the public on:
Monday 6:30pm - 9pm
Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 6pm - 9:30pm (June - August)
Thursday 10am - 4pm
4th Saturday 10am - 2pm (Apr - Oct)
2nd Sunday 2pm - 5pm
Tours may be arranged by calling 440 232-0796.

Director Notes:
  From the Director:
  "The time has come," the Walrus said, to talk of many things; of shoes, ...and ships, ...and sealing-wax, ...of cabbages, ...and kings, ..." And so runs the poem, The Walrus and the Carpenter, by Lewis Carroll, from Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872. I have always enjoyed this piece of literature, especially as a prelude to an introduction. As the new Director at the Bedford Historical Society (BHS) I look forward to meeting you.
  Lately, as I take on my new responsibilities with the BHS, I canít help but ponder a most important and fundamental question to the community, "Why do museums exist and why should we care?" Recently, I told someone, in a light hearted manner, that I was in the memory business. In all seriousness, the museum, its collection, archives, and library exist to preserve and interpret the history of the original Bedford Township, whose communities include: Bedford, Bedford Heights, Maple Heights, Oakwood Village and Walton Hills, as well as portions of the Western Reserve. That is our mission. We serve the community to enrich the lives of its members and those individuals interested in history through engaging stories, purposeful programming, thought-provoking exhibits and enlightening educational outreach to member communities and institutions. We are custodians of the artifacts and collection pieces in our care.
  Please take time to consider donating your energies and resource to the Bedford Historical Society. We have numerous building initiatives and educational projects currently underway that could use your support. Become a HistoryPartner with a charitable gift. Join or renew your membership to the society. Equally important, volunteer your time as a seamstress, costumed interpreter, program coordinator, or docent. Many hands make light work! If you have an interest of talent, we have something for you. Currently we have a great need for a receptionist/hostess in our Welcome Center. For more information on how you can participate call 440-232-0796 or visit or stop by the Town Hall Museum to speak with one of the staff. Thanks in advance and I look forward to meeting you and "talk of many things."

Elmer Schulz


· Christmas Card 2015

· Updated Museum Store catalog Dec 2013. New items, Support the museum and give someone a wonderful gift.

· Reasons for joining the Museum in 2015.

· Membership letter, support the Society.

· Endowment Fund, support our future, Michael Romito 2014 update.

· In Memoriam Endowment Fund 2012-2014, Gifts to the endowment fund.

· We now accept all major credit cards for the Museum Store, memberships and donations! Please stop by or call the museum to access this great addition to the Society!
Now accepting cards

· You can now purchase a Memorial Brick to be placed on Bedford Public Square.

· New Book 2012 Bedford and Bedford Township. Now available.