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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

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, we will be closed May 25th.

Decoration Day Ceremony
10:00 a.m. on May 30, 2015
Appreciating their Sacrifice You Can Make A Difference

The Bedford County Historical Society will hold a Decoration Day Ceremony at the Bedford Cemetery (on Business 220). The service will be held on the traditional date: Saturday, May 30, 2015 and is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. Please bring lawn chairs with you as seating is not provided. This service will be the last in the series commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War.

The keynote speaker will be William Roy Mock of Pleasantville. Military honors and tribute will be provided by the Fort Bedford Honor Guard. Members of the Col. James E. Crowther`s Camp # 89 of Tyrone, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will be present; along with the 46th PA Band (Logan Guard), instrumentally supplying the patriotic music.

Civil War soldiers buried in the Bedford Cemetery will be honored with red sashes and the laying of greens at their tombstones.

The Cost of Freedom Honor their Sacrifice The message of Mock`s presentation, “Lest We Forget”, emphasizes the true meaning of Memorial Day in recognition and appreciation of what others have done for each of us.

Through their sacrifice and death, they have made possible the life and liberties that we so easily take for granted. As a result, it dictates present day individual action/s and responsibility to future generations in maintaining freedom. You can make a difference! This special day of remembrance, called Memorial Day with its tribute to sacrifice, historical origin and futuristic significance concerning the freedom of every American citizen highlights the concept that history is for the young!

The event is free and open to the public. There will be speeches, patriotic music by a Civil War Band (re-enactors), commemorative programs, and more.

The button below takes you to the list of names of the Civil War soldiers that we know are buried in this cemetery. We would be honored to have the families of these soldiers present at the ceremony and to place the greens at their ancestors` graves.

New Books

BCHS has added several new books that can be found in the “Store” on the Menu. You can also click on the photo of the book to get more information and to purchase.

The Calhoun School
by Susan Calhoun

The Furnace
by Judith Redline Coopey

My Search for the Truth
by Wallace Croyle

Cemerteries of Southampton
by Michele L. Miller

More Interesting People of Bedford County
by Dr. James Biser Whisker and Kevin Ray Spiker Jr.

Miller Genealogy
by Fred Ickes

Pioneer Lineage Volumes 1-5
Have Indexes on the Website

These books have the lineages of some of the early settlers of Bedford County, Pennsylvania. The books can be found in the “Store” on the Menu. You can also click on the photo of the book to get more information and to purchase.

Pioneer Lineage Volumes 1-5


We have over 100,000 obituaries in our indexes and in 2015 we have already added 1,650 new obituaries. The indexes are found in the “Genealogy Research” section on the Menu.