You may now easily make a donation directly into our Endowment fund online.

  1. Click on the following link will take you to the Cleveland Foundation’s website:
  2. In the “Fund” drop down menu, scroll down to select “Bedford Historical Society Endowment Fund” which is located under “Selected Funds”
  3. Enter donation amount, donor information, and credit card information on the secure Cleveland Foundation website.

Dear Fellow Members and Supporters,

As 2010 draws to a close, we can celebrate a very successful year at the Bedford Historical Society. Under the very able leadership of our director, Janet Caldwell, our president, Betsy Lee, and our trustees and enthusiastic volunteers several landmarks have been reached. We now serve two school districts and have increased the number of docent-led tours of both students and adults significantly. We sponsored a project for honors students who researched the Civil War using our artifacts and documents. We offered a cemetery restoration project for the Ohio and Pennsylvania regions, using Bedford Cemetery, and attracting guests from a wide area.

Our special exhibits included:

  1. Boy Scouting in Bedford Township.
  2. Bedford and the Movies (a film festival).
  3. Here Come the Brides (a wedding wardrobe Collection spanning 150 years).
  4. A Spring Quilt Show and Spinning Demonstration.
  5. The ever-popular “Christmas in Bedford Falls”.

Additionally, monthly Lyceum lectures attracted record audiences as we traveled in the winter months to Bedford Heights, Walton Hills and Oakwood to consider and study their beginnings as the township grew. This not only allowed us to leave our chilly environment in the harsh weather months, but also exposed our mission to large numbers of people who were unfamiliar with our history and our Society.

We were able undertake capitol projects in the expansion of our archives room and installed treads in the rear stairwell. We have, of course, constant maintenance issues in preserving the wonderful, but very old buildings we hold. Yet their preservation is key to our mission, and adds to the splendor of Bedford’s beautiful town square and gazebo.

As we look forward to an even better new year, the Society faces increased financial challenges: utilities, repairs, renovation and replacement are always a part of our agenda. This year’s Strawberry Festival, Reverse Raffle, dinners, teas, and other fund raising efforts are not enough to continue our programs. We benefit from hard working volunteers and the generosity of longtime members who recognize the value we bring to North-eastern Ohio, and specifically Bedford Township. As you draw your fiscal year to a close, please consider the Bedford Historical Society Endowment Fund in your charitable contributions. We are growing again, now that the market has turned and we are confident that with your support we can ensure the continued success of the Society, and maintain our history for generations to come.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely yours,
Jack Ulman, chair
The Bedford Historical Society
Endowment Committee

  The Endowment Committee: Mr. Jack Ulman, Mr. Ronald Rue, Hon. Holsey Gates Handyside, Mr. Michael Romito, Mr. Daniel Sutherin and Mr. James Harding.
In cooperation with The Cleveland Foundation, 1422 Euclid Ave, Suite 1300 Cleveland OH 44115-2001

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