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Bedford History Items

 
BHS054.jpg Outdoor Bedford Flag
$60.00
Outdoor Bedford Flag

Outdoor Nylon Bedford Flag
From the Bedford Historical Society and the Bedford Minuteman Company

Measures 3 feet by 3 feet; Has gromets for display

The original Bedford Flag is the oldest existing flag in the United States. It was made circa 1704 for the Bedford (Massachusetts) Militia. It is believed the flag was carried to the Concord Bridge on April 19, 1775. The original Bedford Flag may be viewed at the Bedford Public Library.

The Bedford Flag offered for sale is a 3' by 3' copy that is made of nylon and may be used for outdoor or indoor display. It is shipped folded inside a carton. By purchasing this flag, you provide support to the Bedford history organization of your choice -- the Historical Society or the Minuteman Company.


 
Bedford-Flag-shirt.jpg Bedford Flag Shirts
$22.00
Bedford Flag Shirts

Bedford Flag Shirts
From the Bedford Historical Society

T-Shirt or Sweatshirt, Adult Sizes

Show your pride in Bedford and of our first flag with this unique T-shirt! In adult sizes S, M, L & XL - $22.00

And for the cold weather…
Bedford Flag Sweatshirts - The same beautiful replica of the flag as on the T-shirts, but offering more warmth. In adult sizes M, L & XL - $28.75

 


 
9781467119986.jpg Bedford - Postcard History Book
$21.99
Bedford Postcard History Book

Bedford - Postcard History Book
By Alethea A. Yates

Paperback, Text and Photographs, 127 Pages

Before the post–World War II construction boom, Bedford, Massachusetts, was considered little more than a sleepy farming community, yet it was host to a series of remarkable institutions. In the late 1800s, the Bedford Springs resort on Fawn Lake was a summertime haven for wealthy Bostonians. From 1902 to 1918, large crowds traveled by streetcar to Lexington Park in Bedford to enjoy its zoo, restaurant, and rustic outdoor theater. In 1900, Bedford’s reputation as a rural “temperance town” attracted a hospital for the treatment of alcoholism. Ten years later, the Willard Hospital was succeeded by Llewsac Lodge, a rest home and country retreat for women from the city. Proximity to Boston and the needs of both military and civil aviation led to the construction of the Laurence G. Hanscom Airport in 1941. Today, Bedford is an integral part of the Boston area’s high-technology industry while still retaining a small-town character that its residents cherish.

Whether you are a current or former Bedford resident, this book will take you on a pleasant journey down Memory Lane!


 
BHS068.jpg Bedford Flag Cap
$19.75
Bedford Flag Cap

Bedford Flag Cap
From the Bedford Historical Society

Show Your Bedford Pride!

This cloth cap from the Bedford Historical Society is embroidered with the Bedford Flag. This adult size cap has an adjustable cloth strap, and it is available in gray or beige (pictured).
 

 
BHS069.jpg The Ina Mansur Reader
$20.00
The Ina Mansur Reader

The Ina Mansur Reader
From the Bedford Historical Society

Softcover, 169 Pages

This book is a comprehensive collection of articles about Bedford's history, written by the beloved former town historian, Ina Mansur. These fascinating tales of Bedford's past were edited for republication by Alethea Yates.
 

 
FBF008.jpg The Bedford Flag: A National Treasure
$17.75 $6.00 On Sale!
The Bedford Flag - A National Treasure

The Bedford Flag: A National Treasure
By Barbara Hitchcock
From the Bedford Historical Society

Softcover; Text, photos and illustrations; 47 pages

The original Bedford Flag is the oldest existing flag in the United States. It was made circa 1704 for the Bedford (Massachusetts) Militia. It is believed the flag was carried to the Concord Bridge on April 19, 1775. The original Bedford Flag may be viewed at the Bedford Public Library.

The book, published in 1998 by the Friends of the Bedford Flag organization, covers the history of the flag in vibrant text and colorful imagery. By purchasing this book, you provide support to the Bedford Historical Society.

An excerpt from the book:
"This antique, well-worn silk flag reminds us of our country's history, our growth as a nation, our challenges, adventures and opportunities. It embodies grand ideas, significant to everyday people, then and now:  freedom, self-determination, democracy."


 
BHS025.jpg A Brief History of Bedford
$2.00
A Brief History of Bedford

A Brief History of Bedford
From the Bedford Historical Society

Softcover, 33 Pages, by Kathleen Kelly-Broomer

Excerpted from the Communitywide Historic Properties Survey in 1998, this 2004 publication provides a concise overview of the town’s founding, development, industries, institutions, and architecture from the 1700s to the present.
 

 
BHS003.jpg A Revolutionary Town
$15.00 $8.00 On Sale!
A Revolutionary Town

A Revolutionary Town
By Louise K. Brown
From the Bedford Historical Society

Hardcover with jacket; Text, photos and illustrations; 336 pages

"...the exciting, warmly human story of Bedford's role in the War of Independence."

This is the story of Bedford, Massachusetts, from the year of its founding, 1729, to its reconstruction in the aftermath of the American Revolution. It describes in intimate detail the people and events which made this town a microcosm of New England colonial society. It tells the story of the early settlers and their way of life in the wilderness, of their servility to the land, and of the earliest houses they built and fortified against the hostile forces of man and nature. The roots of the American Revolution are traced to these Puritan settlers who developed in their town polity a new lifestyle of independence and self-sufficiency.

The book, authored by Bedford's late town historian Louise K. Brown, was published in 1975 at the time of America's Bicentennial. By purchasing this book, you provide support to the Bedford Historical Society.  (The shipping weight of this hardcover publication is 1 pound, 10 ounces.)


 
BMC021.jpg Bedford Flag Postcard Set
$2.50
Bedford Flag Postcard

Bedford Flag Postcard - Package of 10
From the Bedford Minuteman Company

3-1/2 inches by 5-1/2 inches

This full-color postcard features a photo of the Bedford Flag and Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous quotation, "By the rude bridge that arched the flood...." On the rear side is a description of the historic flag and space for your message.

By purchasing this package of 10 postcards, you provide support to the nonprofit Bedford Minuteman Company.


 
BHS001.jpg Old Town Hall Trivet
$8.00
Old Town Hall Trivet

Old Town Hall Trivet
From the Bedford Historical Society

Ceramic, Choose Red or Blue

This is a beautiful decorative addition to your kitchen in either red or blue. The 6-inch square ceramic tile with cork backing shows Bedford's Old Town Hall.


 
Commemorative-Plates.jpg Bedford Commemorative Plate
$12.00 $8.00 On Sale!
Bedford Commemorative Plate

Bedford Commemorative Plate
From the Bedford Historical Society

Town of Bedford Decorative Plate, Choose Red or Blue

Line drawings of 8 noteworthy buildings surrounding the Old Town Seal. In red or blue (please specify) with gold edge, 9-inch diameter. (Not to be used with food.) A pamphlet describing each landmark is included.

 
Map-Set.jpg Bedford Antique Map Set
$35.00 $32.00 On Sale!
Bedford Antique Map Set

Bedford Antique Map Set
From the Bedford Historical Society

A Set of 8 Large Maps

This set of eight Bedford maps is suitable for framing and display, as well as for local property and genealogical research. The maps date from the earliest known map of Bedford (1760) to 1906. Later maps include place names and owners of properties.

These very attractive maps are sized 14" x 16" to fit, when matted, into standard 16" x 20" frames.

 

 
Old-Town-Seal-silver-keychain.jpg Sterling Silver Old Town Seal
$20.00
Bedford Flag Keychain

Sterling Silver Old Town Seal
From the Bedford Historical Society

Old Town Seal Jewelry

This is an elegant reproduction of Bedford’s original Town Seal, adopted in 1899, available on two keepsake pieces:

* Sterling silver pin, 1-1/4 inch, with clasp

* Sterling silver keychain with ring, 1-1/4 inch


 
BHS059.jpg Bedford in the World War
$4.00
Bedford in the World War

Bedford in the World War
From the Bedford Historical Society

Softcover, 86 Pages

This reprint of a 1927 book details the service records of the Bedford men and women who served in World War I plus the efforts of Bedford civilians on the home front. Paperback, 86 pages, more than three dozen photographs. This informative book, which was originally published as a supplement to the 1927 town report, is filled with stories that should never be forgotten.
 

 
BHS052.jpg Remembered in Bedford
$6.00
Remembered in Bedford

Remembered in Bedford, Massachusetts
From the Bedford Historical Society

Softcover, 82 Pages

This is a thoughtful and entertaining distillation of fourscore years of living in the little town we love best, written and illustrated by Bedford's former Town Historian, John F. Brown.
 

 
BHS062.jpg Bedford Center in the 1800s
$3.00
Bedford Center in the 1800s

Bedford Center in the 1800s
From the Bedford Historical Society

Softcover, 65 Pages, Third Edition

Written by former town historian Ina Mansur and illustrated by Lawrence Mansur, this book profiles three builders who constructed most of the noteworthy buildings in Bedford Center and gave it the character we still enjoy today. It has nearly 100 photos!


 
FBF001.jpg Bedford Flag Postcard - Large - 10
$5.00 $4.00 On Sale!
Large Bedford Flag Postcard, Set of 10

Large Bedford Flag Postcard - Package of 10
From the Bedford Historical Society

Postcard of the Oldest Existing Flag in the United States

Share your Bedford pride with these large Bedford Flag Postcards, a bundle of 10.


 
BHS076.jpg Bedford Flag Window Cling Decal
$4.00
Entering Bedford Magnet

Bedford Flag Window Cling Decal
From the Bedford Historical Society

Measures 4 inches square

This full-color vinyl Bedford Flag decal clings to windows and is removeable. Just peel off the backing and apply. It is suitable for use at home and on your automobile.


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BHS071.jpg Bedford Flag Mug, 16 oz.
$7.50
Bedford Flag Ceramic Coffee Mug

Bedford Flag Coffee Mug
From the Bedford Historical Society

16 ounce capacity, weight 15 ounces

Enjoy your coffee in this attractive ceramic mug that sports the Bedford Flag.


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BHS072.jpg Bedford Flag Ornament
$6.00
Bedford Flag Christmas Tree Ornament

Bedford Flag Tree Ornament
From the Bedford Historical Society

Individually packaged in a sturdy carton

This Bedford Flag holiday tree onrament is a great gift for friends and family who have Bedford connections.


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BHS006.jpg Entering Bedford Magnet
$1.00
Outdoor Bedford Flag

Entering Bedford Magnet
From the Bedford Historical Society

Measures approximately 2 inches by 1.75 inches

Display your Bedford pride with this flexible refrigerator magnet! These also make a great gift for family and friends who used to live in town.


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