For over 40 years the Bedford Historical Society, an all all-volunteer, nonprofit organization of 400 members has provided leadership and resources for numerous preservation, educational, ad heritage tourism projects. The society's funds come only from private donations and fundraising projects and events.
The Historical Society was formed in 1969 to rescue the Historic Meeting House from the bulldozer. The restored Landmark Memorial was the first building in the Town of Bedford to be placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places (1977) and is now protected in perpetuity by a preservation easement. The Historic Society was also responsible for New London Academy being listed on the National Register in 1971, a necessity for its subsequent restoration by alumni. Numerous other properties, including those in "the historic corridor" in Forest have benefited from National Register listing prompted by the Historical Society.