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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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250th Anniversary

Activities and News

The Bedford County Historical Society
Sponsors A Pioneer Quilt Challenge For
The 25th Annual Quilt Show & Sale
Quilt Show & Sale is Oct. 3 - 12

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Judges Choice Award

This quilt won Judge's Choice Award. It was made by Sandra Millin.

The Quilt Show & Sale will be Saturday, October 3 through Sunday, October 11; weekends 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and weekdays 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Sunday, October 12 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Quilts can be picked up on the final day at 5:00 pm.

Michine Quilt Winner

Best of Show - Machine Quilted

Made by Libby Goulionis

Hand Quilt Winner.

Best of Show - Hand Quilted

Made by Heather Koontz

Pioneer Challenge Winner

Pioneer Challenge Winner

Made by Valerie Taylor

Smaller Quilts

Vietnam Veteran Exhibit
Submitted by William Roy Mock
Bring in loan items Oct 19-30
Exhibit: Nov. 2-6
Brothers Killed in Nam

As part of the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, the Bedford County Historical Society will be, once again, sponsoring a Vietnam Veteran Exhibit, beginning Monday, November 2, through Friday, November 6, 2015.

The society is requesting that any Vietnam Veteran interested in displaying artifacts and/ or other memorabilia are invited do so, on a “loan” basis for that week. Acceptance of items by the society is scheduled to begin Monday, October 19, through Friday, October 30, 2015 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibitors are asked, if possible, to be present and setup their display, which is scheduled to occur at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2015.

Each veteran should provide a notecard or such to identify the object or composite. It should list the exhibitor`s name, along with a brief description of the item/s. This greatly assists with the understanding and appreciation of what the visitor is actually looking at.

A wide variety of memorabilia were on display last year, including pictures, informational and geographical displays, uniforms, as well as, personal keepsakes. Last November; as more people learned of the exhibit, the attendance of interested visitors increased dramatically. It is expected that this year`s attendance will exceed last year`s.

The exhibit will be setup in the “Hall at Kinton`s Knob”, which is the second floor of the historical society`s building; aka: “The Barn”. As with last year, it is anticipated that authentic Vietnam Veterans will be on hand to answer questions. The Vietnam Veteran Exhibit will open for inspection from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., each of the scheduled days. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The Bedford County Historical Society is Hosting
The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor At Quarterly Meeting

The Bedford County Historical Society's Quarterly meeting will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2015, at 2:00 pm, 1st Floor. Karen Brantner, current Board Chair of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor (LHHC), will recount the growth of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor organization, explain and point out how the LHHC continues to support other non-profit organizations in Bedford County and fulfill its mission statement to identify, conserve, promote and interpret the cultural, historical, natural, recreational, and economic resources along the Lincoln Highway in PA's Westmoreland, Somerset, Bedford, Fulton, Franklin and Adams Counties. She will highlight the Lincoln Highway Experience Museum in Latrobe and the exhibits there that introduce and entice visitors to the many communities along the Corridor.

Also, at the quarterly meeting, the Society will be accepting nominations for board members. To qualify, the nominee must be a current member of the BCHS.

For more information, contact the Society at (814)623-2011 or email

Book Signing
Judith Redline Coopey and her new book “Brothers”
Nov. 7th at 3:30
Brothers by Judith Redline Coopey Judith Coopey

The Bedford County Historical Society is hosting Judith Redline Coopey on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at 3:30 pm for a book signing for her newest novel, Brothers, book 2 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, book 1 of the trilogy, told the story of Elinor Bratton`s marriage to Adam MacPhail, detailing their efforts to revive a derelict iron furnace in the wilds of what was then Huntingdon County in the first half of the 1800s.

Brothers starts where The Furnace left off, with the death of Adam MacPhail, and continues through the Civil War and the post-war demise of the iron industry to the turn of the twentieth century, following the lives of Elinor MacPhail and her children as well as the lives of the Trethaway family.

Judy has extensively researched the Etna Furnace and the Pennsylvania iron industry and has 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, Looking for Jane, and the Furnace have been great successes for her.

We invite you to come out and join us for her latest offering, Brothers. The book signing and presentation will be held the Hall at Kinton`s Knob, 2nd Floor of the Society, 6441 Lincoln Hwy, Bedford. For more information, call the Society at (814)623-2011, or email .

Christmas Tea
Dec. 13th
at The 1788 Inn

The Bedford County Historical Society is sponsoring a Christmas Tea on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at the 1788 Inn. There will be five tea times: 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00 pm. Reservations are required.

The 1788 Inn, located at 16200 Lincoln Hwy, Breezewood, has graciously opened their public rooms for the tea. Please arrive 30 minutes before your tea for a tour of the inn.

The tea will be supplied by “Everything Tea”, a local tea shop on Pitt Street in Bedford. There will be tea sandwiches, scones with cream and lemon curd, and desserts. Other beverages will be available for those that don`t drink tea.

Tickets are $20 each. Seating is limited, so please make your reservation as soon as possible. To make reservations, contact the Society at (814)623-2011 or For more information about the 1788 Inn, visit

Christmas Tea 2015