The Bedford Historical Society
The Keepers of History...
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.
Membership in the Bedford Historical Society is open to anyone with an
interest in history.
The Town Hall Museum is open to the public on:
"Brick by brick, my fellow citizens, brick by brick." I recently recalled this quote, not from a history book, but the film Seabiscuit. The fictionalized character of Red Pollard, played by Tobey Maguire, addresses his recovering mount with this heartening line. "I know. I know. I'm in a hurry too, Pops. But you know what Hadrian said about Rome, 'Brick by brick, my citizens.'"
The quote is originally attributed to Emperor Hadrian, who allegedly said it while urging his people to rebuild Rome after a horrific fire, which did not take place during his rule, encouraging them to do so that it may stand the test of time. Brick by brick, to be sure.
During the winter months the staff and I labor in preparation for the coming season. Installation of new storage and exhibit space as well as restoration and preservation activities are continuing. In addition, special event activities and program planning are under development.
Like Pollard and his horse, we are all in a hurry. Still, brick by brick is the inspiring call. New leadership brings new direction and new initiatives. To those witnessing these events there is a mixture of angst and anticipation. The steady placement of each brick builds hopefulness and the promise of an institution that will stand the test of time. Courage my friend, the best is yet to come.
Consider now your part in the work ahead, as we continue to grow the historical society. Become a member today, volunteer your time, make a financial contribution. Like Rome, we build brick by brick. And we need you!
· 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!
· You can now purchase a Memorial Brick to be placed on Bedford Public Square.
· New Book 2012 Bedford and Bedford Township. Now available.
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