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The mission of the Bedford County Historical Society is to document, preserve, protect and promote the history and heritage of Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

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Please help us to fill the silo so we can “Buy the Barn”!

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If you come into possession of things such as marriage certificates or Bible records and can't get a descendant to claim the item(s), we can archive and indexed them to the surname. They would be placed in an archival (acid free) box for future generations.

Donatations as of June 2016

As of June 2016


The Bedford County Historical Society would like to thank the following military organizations for their contributions to our “Buy the Barn” project: Everett American Legion, Breezewood VFW, Schellsburg VFW, Pleasantville VFW, and Bedford American Legion. Not only do these men and women serve our nation to preserve our freedom, but when they come home, they join the VFWs, American Legions, etc. and support their communities. Thank you for your service and support.

As published in the Bedford Gazette on January 30, 2006, the Bedford County Historical Society announced its preliminary plans for a county “Heritage Center”. As stated at that time, the center would `interrelate with all of Bedford County` and would be a `safe and secure place for ancestral artifacts`, some of which are currently stored in attics and cellars. It would encompass collections from across the county.

History is for the young; they just don't know it yet!

The major focus is twofold: first, to keep Bedford County history in Bedford County and second, to make it available to our children and those that follow. In essence, our goal is to preserve county history, family records, treasures, events and accomplishments for the benefit of future generations.

After much searching, the perfect site, a renovated barn with unlimited potential was located. Since then, the society has held numerous fund raisers throughout the last five years, diligently working toward the goal of paying off the mortgage along with maintenance costs. The starting goal of $200,000 has, through these efforts, been reduced to its present $75,000.

To date, much of the time and effort has come from within the society, however, since the `Heritage Center` will be representative of all areas of the county, and from which all communities will benefit, the time has come to request county-wide help.

It is time to make the vision a reality and we need your help to “Buy the Barn!” If 1,000 individuals and places of business each donate $75 dollars, the on-going endeavor of having a Bedford County Heritage Center will become a reality. In addition, the significance of a $5 or $10 contribution from countless others will greatly help to achieve our goal.

Bedford County Historical Society Board of Trustees

“The greatest use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.” ~ William James

Help fill the silo above. With your donation, you will receive a certificate similar to the one below. For your convenience, we have two options for submitting donations.

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