While on the Winter Walkabout this Saturday, everyone is invited to stop by between 2 and 6 p.m. to help celebrate the Bedford Historical Society’s 130th anniversary and visit the new town museum in Old Town Hall (next to the Town Common). Check out the many new exhibits and take advantage of one-of-a-kind holiday items that are now on sale.
On the first floor of Old Town Hall is Bedford’s redesigned town museum. In addition to fascinating collections on display, it’s also the home of the Bedford Historical Society’s extensive archives where volunteers document, research, and preserve the stories and artifacts of Bedford’s past.
The museum gift shop will also be open for holiday shopping, where people may purchase Bedford flags, books about Bedford history, and Bedford flag memorabilia, including ornaments, mugs, T-shirts, magnets, and hoodie sweatshirts.
The museum’s newest exhibition is “Bedford at Work.” It tells of times past when work within Bedford was a way of life, long before Bedford became a community of commuters. Artifacts and photographs from the Society’s collections display early Bedford as a largely agrarian economy and later showcase local men and women at work in the 19th and 20th centuries in all its variety and complexity.
Be sure to see the new “Indigenous Peoples” display that has just been added to the museum’s exhibition.
Bedford’s rich history is also on display on the third floor with the “History of Bedford” wall panels. These graphics beautifully capture Bedford’s unique history over many centuries.
The concept and design was the brainchild of Jan van Steenwijk, working with Town Historian and new BHS President Sharon McDonald and the Historical Society’s museum committee. The six panels depict 30 events that have shaped Bedford as we know it today.