Bedford Historical Society

The mission of the Bedford Historical Society is to collect and preserve the unique history and traditions of the people and places in Bedford, NH and to share this rich heritage with the community. As we work to increase awareness and appreciation, we are committed to making history interactive, approachable and exciting.

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Bedford Veteran’s Day Ceremony November 11, 2023

Bedford Veteran’s Day Ceremony: 11 November, 2023 Fellowship Hall, Bedford Presbyterian Church, 10AM(Sat) The Society, along with the Bedford Quilters Group are sponsoring Bedford’s Veteran's Day Celebration. The program will include music and recognition, honoring...

Annual Meeting 2023

2023-2024 Annual Meeting On September 20, the BHS conducted its annual meeting at the Bedford Town Hall.  The slate of officer’s for 2023-2024 was approved and a short overview was provided of past activities.  These included: *  Annual Clothing Drive *  Holiday...

Finding Private Houston

Curious Gravestones in Northern New England, April 26, 2023

  Talk by Ron Romano.  Come join us for desserts and a lecture by Author Ron Romano on the hidden treasures in our New Hampshire cemeteries. Ron has traveled the back roads of Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire in search of these unusual "Billboard Monuments" and...

Covered Bridges of New Hampshire, Kim Varney Chandler, 17 May 2023

Join us for local author Kim Varney Chandler as she presents her history of our Covered Bridges.  Recently seen on WMUR's Chronicle Program, Kim will present this fascinating facet of these treasured landmarks.

Bedford Historical Society Annual Clothing Drive, May 2023

  Bedford Historical Society annual clothing drive will be held during the month of May, 2023.  Drop off location is in front of the Stevens-Buswell School.  All clothing, jewelry, shoes and linens accepted.  Please do do drop off household items or books....

My Farm Upbringing in Bedford, By Claira Monier, March 24, 2023

  We heard Claira's presentation to the Bedford Women's Club last year and asked her to share it with the Bedford Historical Society. A truly humorous, heartfelt and poignant talk...Claira's own version of the "American Experience." Come join us, you will not...

BHS Holiday Boutique

BHS Holiday Boutique, 3 Dec, 10-2, Schoolhouse #7.  Come buy unique Holiday gifts and ornaments.

Bedford Veterans Day Program

Sponsored by the BHS, Presbyterian Church, November 11, 10-12 noon.

For more information about our events please visit our Events page or contact us directly at (603) 471-6336 or [email protected]

Visitor Information

Schoolhouse #7 and Kendall Shop Museum buildings are open most Wednesdays 10 am-Noon. Please stop by and visit our museum. If you would like to schedule a visit at another time, please contact us at (603) 471-6336 or [email protected].

If you would like to visit the Stevens-Buswell Community Center. Please contact us at (603) 471-6336 or [email protected].

Stevens-Buswell Community Center

Vision for the Future Community Center for Bedford, NH.

The Stevens-Buswell Community Center will be a unique asset that will enhance the quality of life in Bedford for both young and old, including our children, our grandchildren, and our senior citizens.

Members of the Friends of the Stevens-Buswell Community Center (a sub committee of the Bedford Historical Society) eagerly look forward to opening the building for use by members of the community. The need for a community center has been discussed in master plans for the Town of Bedford as very little meeting space currently exists for organizations in town. In addition, the original Stevens-Buswell School was named to honor the memory of two men (Willis A. Stevens and Frank A. Buswell) who died while serving their country during World War I. Therefore, the Stevens-Buswell Community Center will become a permanent veterans’ memorial here in town as well.

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