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:
  "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!

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.