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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

New Book!

Forbes Road
Through Bedford and Neighboring Counties
by James Hostetler

BCHS is excited to announce James Hostetler's newest book, Forbes Road - Through Bedford and Neighboring Counties. The book 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.

Forebes Road, by James Hostetler

Forebes Road

The Bedford County Historical Society
Hosts Traveling Civil War Exhibit
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The Bedford County Historical Society is hosting a traveling exhibit, “The Civil War in Pennsylvania: 1861-1865” from the Senator John Heinz History Center from now until Tuesday, October 27, 2015, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, the 3rd Saturday of each month, 9:00 am until 2:00 pm.

The exhibit features several Pennsylvanians, using mannequins, story boards, and reproductions.

The exhibit has been sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, People`s Natural Gas, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and Civil War PA 150.

Everyone is invited to view this exhibit, and there is no charge for admission. For more information, or to set up a group tour, contact the Society at (814)623-2011, email, or stop in 6441 Lincoln Hwy, Bedford.


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.