Join us as history and culture come alive at the Lawrence County History Festival/Powwow!

The Lawrence County History Festival is located at grounds adjacent to Bedford North Lawrence High School near Bedford, Indiana.  The Festival consists of a Native American Powwow and a historical timeline.  The timeline consists of civilian demonstrations as well as military drills and skirmishes that range from the Revolutionary War through World War II.  In addition, there are sutlers and vendors offering for sale a variety of items such as Native American jewelry, handcrafted items, supplies for military and civilian re-enactors, toys, and more.  Food is offered for sale at the festival as well.


Spectators may listen to the stories of the Native Americans, participate in Powwow dancing, shop for Native American handcrafts, visit and sit in the encampments of soldiers from the Civil War and World War II, visit a buffalo hunter's encampment, participate in children's games, learn about medical practices throughout history, and talk to a wide variety of historical characters. At past festivals, Clara Barton, Mrs. Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson, Belle Boyd (famous Confederate spy), Rosie the Riveter, Abraham Lincoln, and Governor and Mrs. Oliver P. Morton (governor of Indiana during the Civil War) have all been there to visit with people.  There is so much to do and experience at the History Festival.


On Saturday, May 16th, 2015 the Festival opens to the public at 10 a.m.  The number of visitors has been increasing each year for the last several years, and we hope that trend continues.  Shows and presentations will go on throughout the day, including the Powwow.  The Powwow starts at noon.  The event will close at 5 p.m. that afternoon.


Sunday, May 17th, 2015 is the final day of the Festival/Powwow, and there are plenty of activities to participate in.  The Festival and Powwow will open at noon on the final day and will close at 4 p.m.


Festival dates for 2015 are Saturday May 16 and Sunday May 17th.  Hours are 10AM-5PM Saturday, and 12PM-4PM Sunday.  Friday will be a school day, open only to students, not the general public.