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:
"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 www.BedfordOhioHistory.org 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."
· 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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