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Events of 2021


Nam Vets 1 Nam Vets 2

Veterans Exhibit
By William Roy Mock, B.C.V.V.A. historian

Veterans Exhibit The display is scheduled to be open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.) Tuesday, November 2 and Wednesday, November 3; Thursday, November 4, 9:00 a.m. until noon. Presently, there are over a dozen veterans signed up to participate in the event.


3rd Annual Pig Roast
Nov. 6th
4-6pm

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Fall 2021 Family History Conference
LIVE via Zoom
Oct. 30th


Quilt Show
October 2nd thru October 10th

QUILT SHOW Quilt Winner

Karen Davis is the Winner of this year`s Raffle Quilt.


Bedford County 250th Anniversary Race
Saturday October 2nd

Sept 11 Parade 1

Saturday Sept. 11th

Sept 11 Parade 1 Sept 11 Parade 2 Parade

BCHS's float that was in the Bedford 250th parade held on 11 September 2021. The photo was taken by Mary Ann Mock.

From the left; Randy Hillegass, President of the Bedford County Historical Society; Debra Topinka, one of our Board Directors.

Bill Mock was wearing his SVR, Sons of the Veteran Reserve honor guard, "Gettysburg Blues," uniform of Gettysburg Camp # 112, (SUVCW) Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

FYI: The flag that we had on display was representative of the 138th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry; the first reproduction since the Civil War. The designs are hand painted on silk...just like the original. During America's Civil War, Bedford County, PA supplied individuals for Company D, E, and F for the regiment. That flag was made possible through the supportive efforts of the Bedford County Historical Society, and the financial benevolence of thirty Bedford County residents, in honor of their ancestors.


Friday May 28th - 10am until 5pm and Saturday 29th - 10am until 4 pm

Yard Sale

Carol Showalter of Everett was selected as the winner of our gun raffle. Banner Mann, Carol's grandson, chose the Flintlock Rifle that she gave to him.

Gun Raffle winner

Bedford County celebrated its 250th anniversary on Tuesday with a ceremony outside the courthouse.

A small crowd gathered to listen to speeches from local historian Larry Smith and Senior Judge Thomas Ling, as well as a blessing on the Sesterentennial year from Rev. Martin Wickens of the Bedford Bible Church.

The ceremony was intended as a `kick off` to other events from the Bedford County Historical Society to celebrate the anniversary this year.

By Will Dishong

Larry and Bill.

Larry Smith(chair of the `Bedford County 250`) and behind him is Bill Mock.

Eternal Flame

'Eternal Flame' will burn beginning March 9th, 2021 until November. Bill donated the flame in memory of his wife Mary Alice.