The Bedford Historical Society was founded in 1955 to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Bedford, Bedford Township and portions of the Western Reserve.
It is a member of the American Association of Museums, The Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums, The Ohio Historical Society, The National Trust and the Northeast Ohio Inter-Museum Council.
The holdings of the Bedford Historical Society are listed with the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Archival information is available to researchers locally, nationally and internationally.
All of the Bedford Historical Society buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- 1874 Town Hall; contains exhibits, archives, genealogies and a 12,000 volume library
- 1832 Hezekiah Dunham House; restored to reflect three critical periods of occupancy.
- 1892 Old Baptist Church; late Gothic Revival with a restored sanctuary. Also known as the Community Building, the lower level is modernized and available for rental.
- A 1920s era Passenger Station is on view in the 1882 Wheeling & Lake Erie train depot.
- It collects preserves and makes available printed materials and artifacts.
- It supplies information and technical assistance to business owners, residents, students and interested individuals about preservation of Bedford buildings and properties.
- It offers educational opportunities through tours, school programs, speakers, special events and a monthly Lyceum series of programs on special topics.
- It sets an example in the community on preservation of buildings and historic landmarks.
- It maintains credentials within the museum community through membership in local, state and national associations.
- It offers regular weekly hours of operation and periodic open houses, plus additional hours to accommodate special tours.
- It publishes a quarterly newsletter that informs the membership and public about events and issues that involve the Society. The newsletter also prints articles on Bedford history and updates on historical events.
- It maintains a web site. Patrons of the web site have free access to events at the museum, historical data and exhibits. They can also ask and receive answers to their questions on Bedford history or other history related questions.