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Upcoming Events in Laurel & the surrounding area. For a list of future events visit the Calendar of Events. We list all events for free and don't have a deadline but the longer you are advertising the better exposure you'll get, so by all means send us your event details and we'll post & Twitter it for you. Last time page was updated July 1, 2016 4:07 PM

Laurel Historical Society
817 Main Street, Laurel, MD 20707 - Tel: 301-725-7975
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Laurel Historical Society

Behind the Bricks: 20 Years of the Laurel Museum
Opens February 7

Laurel, Maryland…Where do exhibit ideas come from? How is an exhibit developed?  What new historical discoveries can research uncover?  Looking back at topics from the Mill House to Mill Workers, from Civil War soldiers, WWII, the 1950’s and Lost Laurel, Behind the Bricks: 20 Years of the Laurel Museum, which opens February 7, 2016 at the Laurel Museum answers these questions. The behind the scenes look explores the discoveries, collections, volunteers and staff that inspired and created more than 20 exhibits since the Laurel Museum’s brick home opened to the public in May 1996.

Visitors to the exhibit will get to see the 1845 Laurel Cotton Mill ledger, a George Nye Diary, women’s hats from the 1940s and 50s, one of Bert Sadler’s early 20th century glass photographic plates, postcards, a Laurel-made grandfather’s clock, historical documents and more from the Museum’s collection.  They’ll also obtain insights into its 20 years of exhibits.
Visitors to the Laurel Museum often ask how we develop an exhibit and how we keep coming up with new ideas each year,” stated LHS Executive Director Lindsey Baker. “Behind the Bricks: 20 Years of the Laurel Museum is our opportunity to let visitors take a peek behind the scenes into how exhibits are produced at the Laurel Museum. Our goal is to let visitors in to learn a little bit more about how their community museum decides to shape the stories about Laurel’s history year after year.

Behind the Bricks is divided into 10 sections. The sections “From Idea to Exhibit,”  “HATJAT: Here’s A Thought, Just A Thought,”*and “A New Twist on Old Ideas”, explore the various inspirations, opportunities and materials that underlie the decision to proceed with a specific exhibit theme and focus.   Sometimes it’s an anniversary, such as The Civil War and WWII, and other times a particular collection, such as postcards or the Sadler collection of photographs that spark an idea.  The exhibit also explores how materials such as Sadler collection photographs, and Laurel Leader newspapers can reappear but with a new/different emphasis or new interpretations that let visitors see them with fresh eyes while discovering new information about Laurel’s past. For example, the 15th exhibit, “Snapshots in Time:  Our Community in 1910 and 2010” used Sadler photos from 1910 to compare Laurel 100 years apart.  Twelve years earlier in 1997 an exhibit explored Bert Sadler’s photos as art as well as community photographs.
“There’s Something About the Mill” continues the new interpretation theme – but with a twist. Community interest, deep resources, and its role in Laurel’s origins and growth all contribute to the many exhibits that have incorporated the Laurel Cotton Mill story – from “George Nye and His Diaries” to “I Was a Laurel Mill Worker”.  Visitors will be asked to match each exhibit with either the Interest, Resource or Origin theme that underlies its focus.  “From Our Attic to Yours” explores the Museum collection, how it grows and some of the collectors who have helped fill out various exhibits. Additional sections cover Volunteers and the Laurel Shop – including a display of all the holiday ornaments. A special timeline that covers the period from before the Museum had a permanent home to the present lets visitors revisit all the exhibits – including those displayed in various locations before the building opened to the public.

The Laurel Museum is located at 817 Main Street, Laurel, in a brick former mill workers home originally constructed circa 1840.  In 1991 the City of Laurel, which acquired the building in the 1980s and still owns it, offered the Laurel Historical Society the mill workers' house to become the Laurel Museum. After extensive renovation it opened to the public in May, 1996.
Behind the Bricks runs through December 18, 2016. Admission is free.  The Laurel Museum is open Wednesdays and Fridays 10-2, Sundays 1-4. Group tours by appointment.  Admission is free. The Laurel Library and digitized Laurel Leaders and other items from the LHS collection are open to researchers by appointment Monday-Friday. For appointments or for additional visitor information contact  301-725-7975 or or visit  ##
*HATJAT is a word developed by LHS members Ken Skrivseth and Karen Lubieniecki that has become a frequent part of the LHS Lexicon.

Photo Collection Committee caption: Collection committee members review yearbooks that will be digitized, and items being donated. From left to right: Frances Brooks (front), Jim Gordon, Marlene Frazier, Charles Hessler.
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Laurel Historical Society Rube Goldberg Camp
July 25-28

Laurel, MD…Looking for a free STEM-oriented Summer Camp that will be fun, challenging – and educational? Look no further than the Laurel Historical Society’s Rube Goldberg Camp July 25-28, 2016. The camp will challenge kids to use recyclable materials to creatively solve a “simple” problem, such as turning off a light switch, through a series of steps in true Rube Goldberg fashion. The three best solutions receive prizes.

The free camp is designed for incoming 3rd-5th graders and will be held at the Laurel Historical Society, 817 Main Street and the adjoining Laurel Community Pool Room from 9:00am-11:00am. Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited. For more information and to register contact or call 301-725-7975.

According to Wikipedia “A Rube Goldberg machine” is a contraption, invention, device or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion, generally including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883–1970).” Today the phrase “Rube Goldberg” is used to mean accomplishing something simple through complicated means.

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Wonderful family fun activities happening and Laurel Park this summer

Sunday Funday begins July 3rd with a FREE Kids Zone that features pony rides, a petting zoo and crafts. Each week will feature a new craft for kids to enjoy. For the adults Laurel Park is offering a casual summer brunch every Sunday from 12 to 4pm. Have an exciting day at the races with us and your family. Hope you will join us for the fun! Let me know if you have any further questions. Here is the link to the flyer:

Laurel Park

PO Box 130
Laurel, MD 20725
Tel: 301.725.0400 / 410.792.7775
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Laurel Park

Experience the thrill of live Thoroughbred racing while enjoying quality dining. With a race named in the group's honor, ten of your guests watch the race from the Winner's Circle and have a commemorative photo taken with the winning jockey by the track photographer. Comprising 360 acres, Midway between Baltimore and Washington D.C. Catering by Maryland Turf Caterers, Inc. Available for Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties, Wedding Receptions, Charity Events and more!

A Better Me Youth Program is a new non-profit youth program focused on creating innovative, community-based services which enhance the quality of life for children, youth, and families. We work in partnership with others to create a safe and healthy community.
Our program is structured to offer at-risk youth a nurturing and caring environment. We have lots of activities and events as a part of our program, to help enrich a child’s mind. A Better Me is a program for children who may be struggling with behavior issues, educational downfalls, or just need a positive influence in life. Our focus is to motivate and stimulate youth minds, to accept and make better life decisions.
We will focus on:
Financial Skills, Family Building Skills, Life Skills and more, all while having a great time.
 This program is offered free to students ages 6-17. Our program in offered in Laurel, MD. Transportation services are not provided. Visit to register. Spaces filling up quick, so register soon.
Emmanuel Methodist Preschool located in Laurel, Howard County has an opening for a 2-year old lead teacher or assistant

5 days a week 8:00am-12:00pm for the current 2015-2016 school year.  Lead teacher applicants must possess a minimum of an Associate’s Degree in ECE or have completed the 90 hour EC courses.  Experience in ECE preferred and a genuine love of children is essential.  Interested persons may visit our website at for an application or forward an updated resume to Savage



Wishing you a safe and a happy July 4th!

W.I.S.E. is wishing you and your family a safe and happy 4th of July weekend. There are no games this weekend, yet there are still plenty of things to do. 

Join me as your DJ for the Laurel 4th of July Parade starting on Saturday July 2, 2016 at 11am behind the Laurel Towne Center.

Saturday July 2, 2016 will be hot dog eating contests, bands, and more.  Visit the Laurel 4th of July schedule on Facebook for more info:

Take care,

James Agbai
WYBL League Commissioner

W.I.S.E - Winning In Sports & Education

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Sunday, July 17th from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

First Baptist Church of Laurel is offering Dave Ramsey's FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY beginning Sunday, July 17th from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. This isn't your typical "money class." Financial Peace University is practical, entertaining and fun! Whether you're struggling to make ends meet or you're a millionaire, FPU has something for you. Sign up by calling 301-725-1688. 6 Class sessions. * * 15000 First Baptist Lane, Laurel, MD 20707

The Sassy Sipper
Laurel, Maryland 20723
Tel: 302.593.7226
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The Sassy Sipper

WineShop At Home is a whole new way to learn about, experience and shop for great wines. The company is a bonded California winery headquartered in the famed Napa Valley and is the only direct seller to offer its own exclusive, artisan wine brands available nowhere else on earth. Our Independent Wine Consultants throughout the country present in-home Wine Tastings, where guests can taste our wines and learn about, experience and buy wines directly from the Winery. WineShop At Home epitomizes a whole new generation of direct selling – offering an exceptional consumer experience, as well as an unparalleled and exciting business opportunity.

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Patrick Rand

14504 Greenview Drive, Suite 201 Laurel, Maryland 20708 / 240.583.1877

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