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Bedford County Historical Society, Inc.

6441 Lincoln Highway, Bedford, PA 15522
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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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Activities and News

Book Signing
November 1, 2014

The Furnace Judith Redline Coopey

The Bedford County Historical Society is hosting Judith Redline Coopey on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 2:00 pm for a book signing for her newest novel, The Furnace, book 1 in the Juniata Iron Trilogy. The trilogy is a three volume family saga set in Mt. Etna, PA, where the Mt. Etna Iron Company thrived in the nineteenth century.

The Furnace tells the story of Elinor Bratton`s marriage to Adam MacPhail and is full of anguish, hope, resentment, and dreams. Ellie is young, beautiful, and pregnant, and her father arranges a marriage of convenience to Adam, who is poor, plain, ordinary, and determined to become an iron master. Adam needs money, Ellie needs a father for her child, and so begins the saga of the MacPhail family and Etna Furnace. The Furnace details their efforts to revive a derelict iron furnace in the wilds of what was then Huntingdon County in the first half of the 1800s. Judy researched extensively the Etna Furnace and the Pennsylvania iron industry, and she gained an understanding of the economics of central and western PA in the era of canals and cold blast iron production. She found it to be an exciting and interesting world ... centered on the production of Juniata Iron, then considered the finest in the world.

Judith Coopey was born the youngest of eight in Altoona. Even though she was a city kid in her early years, she nevertheless grew up close to nature ... climbing hills, running down hills, and wondering what was on the other side of hills. Rivers played an even greater part in Judy`s young life; her family had a cottage on the Raystown River near Huntingdon where they spent summers until she was eleven. That river lives in her heart. Her family then moved to Fox Hollow, near Williamsburg, PA; The Furnace takes place about 1 mile from there. Judy caught the writing spark at about age eleven and wrote a lot in high school ... plays, a newspaper column, short stories, and essays. She returned to writing after retiring from teaching in 2004. Her novels Redfield Farm, Waterproof, and Looking for Jane have been great successes for her.

We invite you to come out and join us for her latest offering, The Furnace. The book signing and presentation will be held on the 1st Floor of the Society, 6441 Lincoln Hwy, Bedford. For more information, call the Society at (814)623-2011 or email

The Bedford County Historical Society
Is Accepting Items For Vietnam War Exhibit
October 20 to October 29, 2014

BCHS is hosting a Vietnam War Exhibit November 3-5, 7 & 8, 2014. We will be accepting items (artifacts, documents, etc.) on loan beginning Monday, October 20 through Wednesday, October 29. If you have any questions, call the Society at (814)623-2011 or email

Bus Tour To Heinz History Center And Fort Pitt
November 6, 2014

Bus Tour To Heinz History Center And Fort Pitt

BCHS is sponsoring a bus tour to the Fort Pitt and the Heinz History Center on Thursday, November 6, 2014. The bus will depart the Walmart parking lot at 7:30 am. We`ll begin with a guided tour at the Fort Pitt Museum, lunch (you are responsible for all meals) will be in the Strip District, and then there will be a guided tour of the Heinz History Center.

The Fort Pitt Museum is located in the historic Point State Park and tells the story of Western Pennsylvania`s pivotal role during the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and as the birthplace of Pittsburgh. Through interactive exhibits, life-like historical figures, and artifacts, visitors will learn the important role our region played in shaping the United States.

The Heinz History Center has a new major exhibition, Pittsburgh`s Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia. This exhibit is a large time capsule of pre-Civil War life and examines a fascinating story of sunken treasures, discovery, and preservation. The steamboat was built in Brownsville, Pa and Pittsburgh in 1853, and the Arabia sank in the Missouri River in 1856. Consequently, most of the boat`s cargo was perfectly preserved by its anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment. Fine dishware, clothing, and even bottled food were found in excellent condition. The exhibit will be at the History Center for a limited time.

Lunch will be in the Strip District, with time set aside to shop and explore.

To make reservations or for more information, contact the Society at (814) 623-2011 or email The cost is $60 per person, with a $5 discount when paid by Thursday, October 23. The fee includes bus, admission, and tour guides. You are responsible for all meals. Payment is due when making reservations. Seats will go fast, so call us as soon as you can.

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 and Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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.