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Bedford County Historical Society, Inc.

6441 Lincoln Highway, Bedford, PA 15522
Phone: (814) 623-2011
Email: bedfordhistory@embarqmail.com
Webmaster - K. Aldred: kaldred@bellsouth.net

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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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BCHS will be closed Nov. 26th through the 30th for Thanksgiving.
We will be open Dec. 1st.


Indoor Yard Sale
December 5 and 6, 2014

The Bedford County Historical Society will be holding an indoor yard sale in the second story of the barn (6441 Lincoln Hwy, Bedford), on Friday, December 5 from 10am-5pm and Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 10am to 4pm. No `early birds` please.

If you would like to donate items to the Yard Sale, contact Gillian Leach at (814)623-2011 or stop by the Society.

Proceeds from the yard sale benefit the Bedford County Historical Society.


Featured Book:
Sunset in Black Valley
by Laurie Devine


Arkins donate 1823 Newspaper

The late 1850s seem, to the people of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, a quiet time. The Revolutionary War vestige at Fort Bedford is now in disrepair. The militia is a joke. The residents live in the naive belief that life will remain unchanged. During this quiet time, one man fathers two children at the same time with different women, another seeks to help escaped slaves fleeing through their valley. Near this convergence of North and South on the Mason-Dixon Line, war will come and everyone is must choose a side. Neighbors will confront each other with words and weapons. Nobody will win.


BCHS is Accepting
Nominations for `Historian Of The Year`

The Bedford County Historical Society is seeking nominations for `Historian of the Year` for 2014. The nominee will be honored at the Annual History Banquet on Saturday, April 25, 2015 held at the Hall at Kinton`s Knob.

CRITERIA: Contestant - Any Resident/Group/Citizen of Bedford County or Member of the Historical Society of Bedford County.

QUALIFICATIONS: Involved in the past year (2014) with the history of Bedford County through research, restoration, writing, collection, preservation, etc. This may be a cumulative work over a period of years, but it needs to have been finished, accomplished, or completed in 2014.

Please submit nominations in the form of a letter or essay stating why you feel the nominee is worthy of this title. Please send nominations no later than January 23, 2015 c/o Chairperson `Historian of the Year` Committee, Bedford County Historical Society, 6441 Lincoln Highway, Bedford, PA 15522.


Hugh & Heidi Atkins donate 1823 Newspaper


Arkins donate 1823 Newspaper

On Thursday, October 30, 2014, Gillian K. Leach received on behalf of the Bedford County Historical Society a donation from Hugh & Heidi Atkins, of Portsmouth, RI, of an 1823 newspaper, `The True American`. The newspaper was `printed by Thomas R. Gettys, near opposite the Rising Sun tavern on Juliana street.` It contains a very unusual obituary of the Hon. John Moore, Esq., a Whig with possible Loyalist leanings during the Revolution. The newspaper was carried by the family when they went west and eventually settled in Nebraska. Mr. Atkins, who has Moores in his genealogy, felt the Society would be the right place to preserve this amazing document.