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Bedford County Historical Society, Inc.

6441 Lincoln Highway, Bedford, PA 15522
Phone: (814) 623-2011
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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

September 20, 2014

Precious Life of Bedford County will hold its annual Walk for Life on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Registration, at the Bedford High School parking lot, begins at 9:15 am, and the Walk will begin at 10:00 am. Walkers will follow a 2 mile walk through town, and all ages are welcome. For more information or pledge forms to raise money, call 276-3085 or 494-0069.

Precious Life of Bedford County is located at 215 S. Juliana St, Bedford, and can be contacted at 494-0069. Precious Life is committed to providing services without regard to an individual's race, creed, national origin, age or handicap. They offer a 24 hour hotline, free pregnancy testing, information about pregnancy, abortion and alternatives, and sexually transmitted diseases, confidential counseling, adoption counseling and referrals, post-abortion counseling, material needs such as maternity clothes, baby clothes, and baby furniture when available, and housing. Precious Life does not offer, recommend or refer for abortions or abortifacients, but they are committed to offering accurate information about abortion procedures and risks. An appointment can be set up by calling 1-800-452-5433. Precious Life also has locations in Blair and Cambria Counties.

The Walk for Life supports the work of Precious Life of Bedford County, because every life is precious.

Quilt Show
Registration: September 26 and 27, 2014
Show: October 4 thru 12

The Bedford County Historical Society's Library will be closed at noon September 26. Quilt Show registration begins at 1:00 pm.

The Bedford County Historical Society will be holding its 24th Annual Quilt Show & Sale from Saturday, October 4 through Sunday, October 12, 2014, weekends, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and October 12, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is $2.00 per person. The Quilt Show will be held in the second story of the barn, 6441 Lincoln Hwy, (Rte. 30, west of Bedford).

This year`s Pioneer Quilt Challenge was `Bedford County Covered Bridges.` Awards will be given for the Pioneer Challenge Quilt, People`s Choice, Best of Show Hand-quilted, Best of Show Machine-quilted, and Judge`s Choice, as well as in the individual categories.

`Remembrance Quilts` will be presented that honor those who gave the gift of life through organ donation. The handmade quilts that will be on display are part of a special collection of 20 quilts held by the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) in Pittsburgh. Since 2006, CORE has offered the families of organ donors in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the opportunity to create a personalized quilt square to memorialize their loved one. Those memorial squares are sewn together by CORE volunteers to make larger `Remembrance Quilts` that are shown throughout local communities to educate others about the importance of organ donation. Right now more than 8,000 people in Pennsylvania are waiting for a life-saving transplant. By donating organs, one individual can help up to eight people, while tissue donors can improve the lives of up to 50 people. CORE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting donation, education and research for the purpose of saving and improving lives through organ, tissue and cornea transplantation. More information and photos:

For more information about he Quilt Show, contact the Society at (814)623-2011, email

Raffle Quilt
Raffle Quilt closeup

Raffle tickets are for sale at the Society and from Society members for a quilt,`Crossroads`, pieced by Jan Kendall Koontz and quilted by Holly Gordon. Tickets are$1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Due to postal regulations, we are unable to mail raffle tickets.

Oct. 18, 2014

Prisoner and Wall
PA Monument in Andersonville

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at the Hall at Kinton`s Knob (Bedford County Historical Society, 2nd. Floor). the Bedford County Historical Society has scheduled a return presentation of the recorded ceremony of the 100th Anniversary & Rededication of the Pennsylvania Monument at Andersonville, GA. The ceremony was held December 7, 2005 and was conducted exactly 100 years to the date of the original dedication.

The commemoration was primarily organized by the Gettysburg Camp #112, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in cooperation with the National Park Service. It honored all 4,987 of the Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans who were imprisoned in the Andersonville stockade, of which 1,849 died.

William Roy Mock of Pleasantville will deliver opening remarks while providing `behind the scene` occurrences relating to the ceremony. On hand will be the society`s reproduction of the 138th PA Volunteer Infantry flag which was carried in the 'March of Honor` from the stockade to the cemetery.

For meaningful insight, it is highly recommended that interested individuals see the DVD, 'Andersonville` written and produced by David W. Rintels, and directed by John Frankenheimer. For one or more reasons yet unknown, one of the many characters depicted in the movie was Martin Blackburn of Bedford County. He was in the 184th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A; captured on June 22, 1864 in Petersburg, Virginia.

Also, on display will be a large plaque with name plates, honoring those who honored ancestors. The attached plates represent the honored Civil War Soldiers along with the name/s of the patron/s that sponsored the streamers that were attached to the top of the 138th PVI flag. In addition, other supportive memorabilia of the event will be on exhibit.

New Obituaries Added

Over 5,700 new Obituaries have been added to our files. To view the obituary indexes and purchase information, browse the `Genealogy Research' area in the Menu on the left.

The Bedford County Historical Society
Is Accepting Items For Vietnam War Exhibit

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

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

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.