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Bedford County, Pennsylvania ~ Two and One-Half Centuries in the Making

The book recently published by the Bedford County Historical Society was printed in 300 copies. They have been selling well and we are pleased to announce that there are only about thirty copies remaining for sale. If you want to purchase a copy, but haven't yet, please do so before they're all gone.

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Anniversary Memorial Tree

On 15 December, a crew from Greenawalt's Nursery delivered and planted an English Oak tree which has become our Anniversary Memorial Tree. Greenawalt's Nursery of 1454 Lower Snake Spring Road donated the delivery and planting of the tree which Bob Way donated in memory and honor of his late wife, Alice Davis Way. The Anniversary Memorial Tree has been planted in the Old Presbyterian Cemetery in Bedford Borough. A formal dedication ceremony is scheduled to be held on 30 April (which is the U. S. Arbor Day).

The photo above shows the Greenawalt Nursery crew, led by James Greenawalt, planting the English Oak tree.

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Song Contest Announced

A contest is currently being held to create a song honoring the history and heritage of Bedford County. It is hoped that musicians throughout the county will be motivated to join in this contest and produce a song that will rejoice in and celebrate the proud heritage of Bedford County.
     The Guidelines and Entry Form (in pdf format) for the song contest can be accessed by clicking on this link.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2021.

For additional information email: contact@bedford250.com

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Bedford County, Pennsylvania ~ Two and One-Half Centuries in the Making

A book devoted to the history of the entire County of Bedford, Pennsylvania is nearly ready for publication by the Bedford County Historical Society. Copies (to be presented in sets of two bound volumes) will be available for distribution prior to Christmas, 2020.

The book consisting of over 1,000 pages is the first history of the entire county to be published since 1906. But unlike the 1906 volume by E. Howard Blackburn, which was basically a reprint of the 1884 volume published by Waterman, Watkins & Company, this new history is comprised of fully footnoted original text. Maps detailing the evolution of the county's townships were created specifically for the book.

Much of the text for this website comes from the book. Check out the Gallery section.

Bedford County, Pennsylvania ~ Two and One-Half Centuries in the Making will be sold at the price of $120/non-member ~or~ $115/member (plus $6.90 sales tax if you are a resident of Pennsylvania). If you pick up your copy at the Bedford County Historical Society at 6441 Lincoln Highway there will be no additional cost for shipping. If you need to have it delivered to you by the U.S. Postal Service, an additional $8 (media rate) will need to be added.

Pre-publication orders can be made by postal mail request (check or money order included); by personally visiting the BCHS at 6441 Lincoln Highway, Bedford, PA 15522, by email or online at bedfordpahistory.com

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Lapel Pin

Be on the lookout for lapel pins with the Sestercentennial logo design as it would appear as a challenge coin. We plan to ask businesses throughout the county to give some sort of discount or token gift to customers who are wearing the lapel pin. Whether that will happen is not confirmed at this time, but the lapel pins will still be something nice to wear to show your pride in Bedford County.

Below is what the lapel pins will look like.

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Video Tour of Bedford County

Mike Knapp, of Szanca Solutions, is working with a group of their employees at producing a video tour of Bedford County to be available during the Sestercentennial celebration. Using a drone camera, the video tour will identify sites throughout the county that exemplify the variety of the regions that make up the county.