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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

*** We will be closed Labor Day - Sept. 7th
so that our staff can enjoy the holiday! ***

(Click on photos below to enlarge.)


The Bedford County Historical Society
Gets New Computer System
Ellen Espenshade at new computer Rob from Pinnacle

In June, the Bedford County Historical Society purchased 4 new computers from Pinnacle in Bedford. Our computer system was over 8 years old and not able to keep up with the demands that cataloging, indexing, etc. placed upon it.

The following people and organizations made this project possible with their generous donations: Bedford American Legion Post 113, Bedford County Vietnam Veterans, Bedford Moose Lodge No. 480, Breezewood VFW Post 8333, Community State Bank of Orbisonia, Everett American Legion Post 8, Major General Hank and Maryann Meetze, Pleasantville VFW Post 9219, Cindy Sanders, and Schellsburg VFW Post 4440. Through their generosity we were also able to purchase PastPerfect 5.0 and an updated version of Microsoft Office Professional Plus.

Left Photo: Ellen Espenshade, secretary for BCHS and editor of the Pioneer, processing items for the Silent Auction and Pig Roast on July 25 using the new computer system.

Right Photo: Rob, from Pinnacle, installing the new computer system and transferring files from the old to the new.


The Bedford County Historical Society
Sponsors A Pioneer Quilt Challenge For
The 25th Annual Quilt Show & Sale
Quilt Restration on Sept. 25 and 26
Quilt Show & Sale is Oct. 3 - 12
Whiskey Rebellion Logo Whiskey Rebellion Flag

The Bedford County Historical Society is sponsoring a Pioneer Quilt Challenge for the 2015 Quilt Show & Sale in October. The challenge theme is “The Whiskey Rebellion”; your quilt may feature any aspect of the Whiskey Rebellion that you choose: something from the logo or flag, a still, the Espy House, Jean Bonnet Tavern, etc. Please include a small summary explaining your quilt.

The challenge quilt should measure no more than 30” x 30” and can be made in the quilter`s choice of colors. A special ribbon is awarded to the winner of the Pioneer Challenge. Quilt Registration for 2015 will take place at the Society, 2nd Floor, on September 25, 1 - 4 pm and September 26, 10 am - 1 pm. All quilts must have a sleeve on the back.

There is no fee to enter items in the Quilt Show & Sale. There is a limit of 12 items per entrant; there will be a charge for any items over 12. All items must be quilted, and your quilts and quilted items do not have to be judged. Please measure your quilt before registration.

Categories for submission are: bed quilt, wall quilt, miniature, baby quilt, home accessories, clothing & accessories, first piece entry, group entry, junior division (18 & under), Pioneer Challenge, and antique or heirloom (for display only). You may enter them just for display. 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. You may also sell your quilts at the Show.

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.

Raffle tickets are on sale for the quilt below, $1 each or 6/$5. Members should receive their tickets in the mail within the next few days. If you do not, please call or email us.

For more information, contact the Society at 6441 Lincoln Hwy, Bedford, PA 15522, (814)623-2011, bedfordhistory@embarqmail.com.

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Vendor application to sell craft items during the quilt show can be found by clicking the button below.


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 bedfordhistory@embarqmail.com .