Laurel Historical Society

Laurel Historical Society Preserving Laurel's Past for the Future!
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Thanks for the nice article on our summer camps, Laurel Leader! Registration is still open for the FREE Archaeology Camp...
07/30/2020
Laurel Historical Society weathering coronavirus pandemic with grants, new ideas | Old Town

Thanks for the nice article on our summer camps, Laurel Leader!
Registration is still open for the FREE Archaeology Camp, starting Aug. 3.
https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/laurel/cng-ll-ot-neighbors-0730-20200730-z2iwwerewvcfll42zvileg7vcu-story.html

Thanks to two emergency grants it received totaling more than $15,000, the Laurel Historical Society has been able to maintain its staff and operations. The money will plug holes in its operating fund created by the coronavirus pandemic.

We are collaborating with the Laurel Arts Council for a postcard project! You can pick up a postcard at the Laurel Munic...
07/30/2020

We are collaborating with the Laurel Arts Council for a postcard project! You can pick up a postcard at the Laurel Municipal Center or you can make your own:
https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Postcard
Question: How has your life been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and protests for racial justice?
Please send the postcard to:
Laurel Historical Society
P.O. Box 774
Laurel, MD 20725-077

Time to tease your hair and put on those neon clothes for the next coloring page in our historic toys series - the 80s!!...
07/29/2020

Time to tease your hair and put on those neon clothes for the next coloring page in our historic toys series - the 80s!! Find the downloadable version here: https://bit.ly/2yjq18l

We're excited to announce 2 more virtual summer camps! Registration starts tomorrow!Thanks to National Endowment for the...
07/27/2020

We're excited to announce 2 more virtual summer camps! Registration starts tomorrow!
Thanks to National Endowment for the Humanities for making Rube Goldberg possible this summer.

Who knows what you might find in the ground? Archaeology Summer camps in grades 5-7 will find out August 3-7! Click here...
07/25/2020

Who knows what you might find in the ground? Archaeology Summer camps in grades 5-7 will find out August 3-7! Click here for the flier and registration information: https://bit.ly/2ZLGE84

07/24/2020
register.gotowebinar.com

Maryland and the March of the Army of the Hudson: Women's Suffrage on Route 1

Laurel was one of the stops during the important 1913 March from NY to Washington. The suffragist’s route through Maryland not only inspired local suffragists, but exposed both racism within the movement and opposition to their cause. Learn more August 18 during a virtual program from Maryland Milestones (Anacostia Trails Heritage Area). #suffrage, #laurel, #ArmyoftheHudson, #Vote

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3701021418555316239

Coronavirus gardening! A tiny watermelon in a mask from a North Laurel resident. What are you growing in your garden thi...
07/23/2020

Coronavirus gardening! A tiny watermelon in a mask from a North Laurel resident. What are you growing in your garden this summer?
#laurelhistory #cityoflaurelmd #summer #gardening #garden #watermelon #mask

Registration starts TUESDAY for our Virtual Archaeology Summer Camp for students entering grades 5-7 in the fall. We are...
07/20/2020

Registration starts TUESDAY for our Virtual Archaeology Summer Camp for students entering grades 5-7 in the fall.
We are excited to offer virtual instruction and optional dig session in part through funds from National Endowment for the Humanities!
Click here for the flier: https://bit.ly/2ZLGE84

Thank You!! We are excited and honored to receive grants from National Endowment for the Humanities and Maryland Humanit...
07/07/2020

Thank You!! We are excited and honored to receive grants from National Endowment for the Humanities and Maryland Humanities and from MHAA/ Maryland Milestones (Anacostia Trails Heritage Area) for COVID-19 relief and transitioning our summer camps to virtual education this year!
Stay tuned for more information and project updates! Click here for the full press release: https://bit.ly/3gxRyUk
#MDHumanitiesCARES, #MDHumanities, #NEHcares, #NEHgrant
@NEH_Education

Some inspiration and unusual instructions for making those summer fruit pies! Sarah Josepha Hale was also editor of Gode...
07/05/2020

Some inspiration and unusual instructions for making those summer fruit pies! Sarah Josepha Hale was also editor of Godey's Lady's Book and published The Good Housekeeper in 1841. (She also has very strong opinions on meat pies!)

Happy Fourth of July! The three-legged race was a staple of the July 4th celebrations in Laurel. 📷Laurel Leader Collecti...
07/04/2020

Happy Fourth of July!
The three-legged race was a staple of the July 4th celebrations in Laurel.
📷Laurel Leader Collection, 1988

Help us document recent events for future generations!Contact us to donate photos, signs, or stories.
07/03/2020

Help us document recent events for future generations!
Contact us to donate photos, signs, or stories.

Looking for fun activities over the summer? Try curating your own collection from things around the house! Find the down...
07/02/2020

Looking for fun activities over the summer? Try curating your own collection from things around the house!
Find the downloadable version here: https://bit.ly/2yjq18l

Look back 161 years ago today to the July 1, 1859, store ledger of William Warfield,  who had a store on upper Main Stre...
07/01/2020

Look back 161 years ago today to the July 1, 1859, store ledger of William Warfield, who had a store on upper Main Street that appears in the 1861 Laurel map. In addition to appearing many times in the ledger, Warfield is listed in both the 1870 and 1880 census as a dry goods merchant. The ledger was originally attributed to William Milstead, whose name also appears in it. However, no Milstead is recorded as running a hotel or other establishment until the 1880 census.

Thanks to our Virtual Volunteers, we know that textiles such as ticking and calico, and soup, 2 types of sugar, coffee, rice, vinegar, and more were sold in Laurel.

06/30/2020
One Take Tour - Building Faith in Laurel - Laurel Historical Society

It's "One Take Tour Tuesday"! View a mobile version of our One Take Tours (see the artifacts not the Director!) and learn about the long history of faith and religious diversity in Laurel.

Join the Laurel Historical Society for a mobile version of our One Take Tours and learn about the long history of faith and religious diversity in Laurel.

Our virtual volunteers have been busy! Interested in joining? Email us!
06/22/2020

Our virtual volunteers have been busy! Interested in joining? Email us!

Happy Father's Day! Check out this selection of gifts for dad in a 1971 advertisement. 📷Laurel Leader, June 1971
06/21/2020

Happy Father's Day! Check out this selection of gifts for dad in a 1971 advertisement. 📷Laurel Leader, June 1971

PGParks History
06/19/2020

PGParks History

Juneteenth is just one example of the many types of emancipation celebrations that occurred in the years and decades following the end of slavery. Throughout the United States, African American communities celebrated emancipation on a variety of dates that corresponded to local, state, and/or national events. However, the majority of African American “Emancipation Day” celebrations either occurred in September, when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, or January 1st, the date the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect.

This photograph from the early 1900s shows the annual Emancipation Day parade held in Laurel during the month of September. This event drew attendees from throughout Prince George’s County as well as visitors from adjacent counties, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Today, Emancipation Day is still celebrated in Laurel and it is considered to be the city’s oldest event, spanning more than 100 years.
#VirtualJuneteenth
Photograph courtesy of the Laurel Historical Society

St. Mark's UMC, Laurel, MD

Statement of Laurel Historical Society on Recent EventsOn behalf of the Laurel Historical Society, let us as a community...
06/06/2020
LAUREL HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Statement of Laurel Historical Society on Recent Events

On behalf of the Laurel Historical Society, let us as a community join the world to say that enough is enough. Over the past 150 years, Laurel has evolved into a vibrant and culturally diverse community, descending from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe that all call Laurel home. We take seriously the study of our history, as well as the recording of, and engagement in, current events. We recognize that the world unrest in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, has had a direct emotional impact on all of us in our community. We know the pain of this moment, as we have witnessed the blatant disregard for human life play out before our eyes and that the subsequent marches and protests around the world are glaring reminders of the fight for Civil Rights during the ‘60’s. These events and images give rise to emotional discomfort in varying ways to all of our neighbors, as each of us lives a different reality.

As the City of Laurel celebrates 150 years, our community has grown and made tremendous strides and progress from its beginnings as a small mill town. However, the reality is, the pains of the past, for many, are ever present and the Laurel Historical Society is taking this moment to acknowledge that the history of Laurel is not exempt. Our community still carries the emotional injury of racial atrocities to the African American community and particularly the racially charged violence experienced by the residents of the Grove in the summer of 1967. This is the time that we speak to understanding that the emotional injury of those experiences carry throughout the generations, as does the institutional racism, benign neglect, systemic discrimination -- the combination of which results in a cycle of disenfranchisement of our neighbors.

Let not these recent deaths be in vain. We can only bridge our cultural gaps with compassion and communication. These are sensitive matters and it will require lots of patience, listening and consideration. It will not be without emotion and error, and as long as we stand in truth, we can become more unified and improve relations and civic engagement in our community. We have challenged ourselves, and invite you to join us, to be brave enough to engage in this conversation with someone who looks different than we do, to consider a different perspective. We can do this!

The Laurel Historical Society will take the lead towards community healing with a public apology. We sent out an invitation for the Sesquicentennial Soirée Gala, in celebration of 150 years of Laurel that was not reflective of the diversity that makes up our community. We were held accountable by Alicia Fields, our Vice President. We are going to make mistakes along this journey, as we all come from different perspectives. Every day we are making new history and we will need your continued help to keep us accountable. We have assembled a team charged with making improvements within our organization as well as identifying more effective ways to engage. We look forward to the entire community being involved in this process.

The Laurel Historical Society is committed to preserving and interpreting the entire history of Laurel in the most complete, respectful, and inclusive way possible. We call upon our family, friends, partners, and neighbors in the community to communicate with us and help guide us to a better future.

The past needs to be remembered. The present needs to be changed. The future needs to be better.

June 6, 2020 Contact: Ann Bennett, Director. [email protected]. 301-725-7975

Today's One Take Tour is a mobile edition of the Home Life section of the exhibit. What do you think is the heart of Lau...
06/03/2020
One Take Tour - (Mobile Edition) - Home Life

Today's One Take Tour is a mobile edition of the Home Life section of the exhibit. What do you think is the heart of Laurel?

Home is the heart of Laurel! Find out what makes Laurel both unique and also similar to other towns in this mobile edition of our One Take Tours of "Unpackin...

The Laurel Historical Society congratulates all graduating seniors at Laurel High School! 📷Laurel High School graduation...
06/01/2020

The Laurel Historical Society congratulates all graduating seniors at Laurel High School!
📷Laurel High School graduation, 1965

Time for a blast from the past! Which toys did you grow up with? Find the downloadable version here: https://bit.ly/2yjq...
05/29/2020

Time for a blast from the past! Which toys did you grow up with?
Find the downloadable version here: https://bit.ly/2yjq18l

Calling all Kid Curators! #MuseumfromHome with these activities to catalog artifacts, design an exhibit, and curate your...
05/28/2020

Calling all Kid Curators!
#MuseumfromHome with these activities to catalog artifacts, design an exhibit, and curate your own collections!
Find downloads at https://bit.ly/2yjq18l

Today's One Take Tour looks at the local elementary schools from the mid-1800s to today. Which school did you attend?
05/26/2020
One Take Tour - Grade School - Laurel Historical Society

Today's One Take Tour looks at the local elementary schools from the mid-1800s to today. Which school did you attend?

A fast, informal look at "Grade School Days" in the "Unpacking Laurel's Past" exhibit at the Laurel Historical Society. Learn about the public and private sc...

A virtual opportunity to see DC's suffrage exhibits, including "Rightfully Hers", which is the exhibit our pop-up displa...
05/22/2020

A virtual opportunity to see DC's suffrage exhibits, including "Rightfully Hers", which is the exhibit our pop-up display is based on!

We’re excited to announce that U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski will give a special introduction to our webinar on May 27! Join us Wednesday at 7pm ET to hear from the Senator before we dive into a conversation with the curators of suffrage exhibits at The Library of Congress, US National Archives, and National Portrait Gallery. Register here: bit.ly/2WGMjdM #WomensVote100

Spot the Difference #3 - how many can you find??
05/21/2020

Spot the Difference #3 - how many can you find??

We need your help to make our documents more accessible and searchable! Sign up today to be a Virtual Volunteer!
05/20/2020

We need your help to make our documents more accessible and searchable! Sign up today to be a Virtual Volunteer!

The Laurel Historical Society congratulates all graduating seniors at St. Vincent Pallotti High School! 📷Laurel Leader, ...
05/20/2020

The Laurel Historical Society congratulates all graduating seniors at St. Vincent Pallotti High School!
📷Laurel Leader, June 17, 1971

It's Tuesday! Time for another "One Take Tour" with Ann and a familiar guest.
05/19/2020
One Take Tour - Business - Laurel Historical Society

It's Tuesday! Time for another "One Take Tour" with Ann and a familiar guest.

Learn about some of the past businesses that used to be in Laurel in this "One Take Tour" - a fast, informal, and one-shot look at the "Business" section of ...

Happy International Museum Day! We miss you!
05/18/2020

Happy International Museum Day! We miss you!

We hope you are having a great weekend and not "overworked" like this advertisement from the 1917 Laurel Leader. Stay sa...
05/17/2020

We hope you are having a great weekend and not "overworked" like this advertisement from the 1917 Laurel Leader. Stay safe (but we don't recommend the vegetable compound)!

Address

817 Main St
Laurel, MD
20707

General information

Check out our online shop: http://laurelhistoricalsociety.org/shop2012/ SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY: Low-resolution photos from the LHS collection and/or depicting items within the LHS collection may be freely shared on social media sites, (Facebook, Twitter, et al) but must include a clear credit and direct link to the Laurel Historical Society (Facebook: @LaurelHistoricalSociety). This not only ensures proper credit, it helps to further promote the Laurel Historical Society. Low-resolution images (72 dpi, no larger than 10”) also ensures that the images cannot be downloaded and reproduced for profit by others.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 14:00
Friday 10:00 - 14:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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(301) 725-7975

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Do you know who might hold the Fleck Funeral Home records?
Neat item up on eBay, a historical connection to the old Red Wing Theatre. .
Laurel Maryland motorcycle board track racing. I grew up in Laurel in the 60's and when I was in 8th grade I came across the information about the Board Track I am writing an article for the Cherokee Chapter (Texas) for the Antique Motorcycle Association Newsletter I am inquiring about an article that talked about a brochure for investors - If any of your members have a copy of that brochure, would you mind sending me a copy and also if you have any motorcycle pictures on the track - Thanks Clint Kleen
Hey Laurel Historical Society. The Howard County Historical Society issues a "Strange Things in the Collection" Challenge. Here's ours... Thomas Johnson was a major historical figure during the Revolutionary period and the first Governor of Maryland. Johnson was born in Calvert County in 1732, one of ten children who were all home-educated. Johnson took an interest in legal studies and eventually became a lawyer in 1753 with a practice in Frederick County by 1760. During the American Revolution, he served as a delegate for Maryland to the Continental Congress and also served in the Maryland militia out of Elkridge. Along with his brothers, he also supported the war effort by producing ammunition and cannons at their Catoctin Furnace near Frederick. After the Revolution, he served as Maryland’s 1st Governor from 1777-1779, as senior justice in the Maryland General Court and was also on the commission that would lay out the federal capital in 1791, Washington D.C. This interesting set of upper and lower false teeth set in 10 carat gold with gold springs was donated to the Historical Society by Dr. R. D. Menton who was given them by Mrs. M. Owings Buck, a direct descendant of Thomas Johnson. Can you just imagine how uncomfortable Governor Johnson must have been with these springs pinching his cheeks from the inside?
Really, really disappointed in the fact that the Museum is closed until February. Many folks come "home" to Laurel for the Holidays. I, and many others, get some time off over the Holidays, and would like to see the Museum at that time.
Looking through the Sadler images in the LHS collection I discovered this picture of the Phelps and Shaffer store, circa 1907, located on the corner of Ninth and Montgomery Streets. I was surprised to see the Post Office also occupying the P&S building.
Many of us on longer live in the state. Is there any way to post the WWI info. on your site?
Neat things are always coming into the LHS!
http://www.shorpy.com/node/22528#comments Does anyone know where this house was?
Are you planning to interview Sunny Pritchard - see Laurel Leader "Old Town", August 31, 2017. She talked about things I have never heard of. This would be a good oral history interview.
Do you all still have the I love Laurel t-shirts?