devoted to the preservation
of our abundantly
rich heritage, bequeathed to us by our pioneering ancestors who traveled the
Wilderness Trail, over the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky.
The major emphasis of the Bell County Historical Society s the
collection and preservation of historical
documents, photographs, and artifacts of the Bell County, Kentucky area
including he adjacent counties of Harlan and Knox Counties from which Bell
County was formed on February 5, 1867. We are pleased to be able to
display artifacts given to the museum as well as those loaned for a specific
or indefinite length of time.
COLLECTION OF ARTIFACTS
The historic building housing our museum, built as the Carnegie
Library and deep-rooted in the enrichment and educational
development of the citizens of Middlesboro, still follows the legacy
of Andrew Carnegie. It remains dedicated to learning and enlightenment,
providing an opportunity for the youth of this generation to know
and appreciate the rich cultural heritage of this region, the region
which witnessed thousands of early pioneers traveling along the Wilderness
Trail, through the Cumberland Gap and into Kentucky. A great
many made permanent homes here in Kentucky.
The names of scores of those early pioneer
families who settled here in southeast Kentucky. remain with
their descendants who live among the valleys and ridges of the
'Cumberland Mountains. Of course, not all remained. The Cumberland
Gap became the Gateway to the West proving a passageway
through the sheer cliffs of the Alleghany Mountains for
thousands of families heading westward to new frontiers. Whether
here for a brief time or longer before continuing their journey, the
Cumberland Gap and Bell County is an important memorable part
of their heritage and the imprint they left in our history is a
fundamental part of ours..
ongoing program is the collection and preservation of artifacts,
photographs and documents recognizing the importance of the
history of Bell County in our past and of those who live here and of
those who past through, leaving their imprint in in the history Bell County. We have
developed a multi faceted program to facilitate this directive.
Community Events and
Family History Collection
with access to genealogy sites
Monthly Informal Genealogy
(members help members - all welcome)
To honor our early Kentucky adventurers and pioneers
Families Through the
Pioneer Families of Kentucky
Picture Displays at
Mountain Laurel Festival and
Elected Board Members for the 2010-2011 Fiscal year are:
Completing the Board:
Jerry Browning (emeritus)
Our financial Records,
the 990 Tax Forms,
are on file at the
at 207 N. 20th Street, Middlesboro, KY
and are available for review by appointment during office hours.
We are pleased to be able to currently extend our hours when we are open
to the public.
Tuesday through Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Society fiscal year
June 1 to May 31