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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 May 26, 2017 5:35 PM

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

McCeney March October 22

Saturday October 22 the Laurel Historical Society (LHS) will hold the first “McCeney March” through Historic Laurel. Held in memory of former LHS Board Chair and President Jim McCeney, who passed away this year, the event will raise funds for a scholarship for students interested in history and to benefit the Laurel Historical Society.  Jim walked every day for many years and the three-mile walk will include some of his favorite routes in Historic Laurel.

"Like many others, my morning trip out of Old Town Laurel for work included a wave from Jim and his merry band of walkers.  The Society wants to honor his memory by creating another Laurel tradition.  The McCeney March (5k walk through Old Towne) seemed a perfect combination of an activity he loved to do, while highlighting a history that he and his family have been a part of for generations and the birth of an annual scholarship to help the next generation for history lovers to do the same." stated LHS Board Chair Jhanna Levin.

The walk will start at the Laurel Historical Society 817 Main Street in Laurel. Pre-Registration is $10 for children under 18, $20 for adults a $50 for a family registration – 4 persons of any age. Day-of registrations is $30 for individuals, $60 for a family registration.-Shirts will be available to pre-registrants, but not guaranteed for day-of registrants.  Materials pickup and day-of registration begins at 8:30 am and the walk begins at 9:00. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the event.  Deadline for sponsors to be on T-shirts and booklets is October 7; Walking Tour booklet listing deadline is October 15. Details and sign-up forms for the walk and for sponsorships can be found at
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Black History In Laurel 
February 9, 2017

Laurel Branch Library, 507 7th Street

Black History In Laurel

The new Laurel Library stands on land that has deep historic roots. The area has been home to a colored school during segregation, a dance hall, the Laurel Stars baseball team, and Emancipation Park. Join LHS Executive Director Lindsey Baker and historian Sandra Johnson for an evening of dipping into the history of the land on which our new library stands. 7 PM Thursday, February 9, 2017. “Black History in Laurel,” will be at the new Laurel Branch Library, 507 7th Street. Admission is Free. For more information.  Visit or call 301-725-7975.  The Laurel Historical Society and the Laurel Museum are located at 817 Main Street, Laurel, Maryland.  The museum’s newest exhibit:  "Laurel’s WWI From Here to Over There" opens February 5, 2017. The Laurel Museum is open Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00am-2:00pm; Sundays 1-4pm. 

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Old Mill Dance Class Evokes 1918 Dance in Laurel – at Same Site

Laurel, MD…Can you foxtrot? Waltz? Do a basic box step?  Saturday March 18 at 1 p.m. join Fidel “DJ Salsero” Gonzalez for a one hour dance class honoring Laurel’s WWI past.  Participants at “An Old Mill Dance Class” will have an opportunity to learn some new moves or polish old ones – where people danced almost 100 years ago. Beginners are welcome, and the one-hour class will be friendly to all ages and levels of expertise.  The class is being held at the Laurel Pool Room, 9th and Main Streets.  There’s a suggested donation of $3 for LHS members and $5 for non-members.

The Laurel Museum’s current exhibit:  “Laurel’s WWI:  From Here to Over There,” uncovered research indicating numerous dances for soldiers, including one at the “Old Mill” (the old cotton mill ) with soldiers from the 23rd regiment in February, 1918. The Laurel Pool Room was built where the Laurel Cotton mill once stood. The “Great Gala”, the organization’s annual gala on April 22, this year will include a few 1918-era dances in homage to the WW1 soldiers who came through the town during the war. The dance class is designed to give dancers a chance to preview – and hone --some of the dance steps soldiers and community members would have known in 1918. However all are welcome to the class, whether they plan to attend the Gala or not.

The Laurel Museum, located at 817 Main Street, is open Wednesdays and Fridays 10-2, Sundays 1-4. Admission is free. For additional information visit or contact info@laurelhistoricalsociety or 301-725-7975.

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Honor Memorial Day: Send a Soldier a Letter from the Laurel Museum

Laurel, MD…As Memorial Day approaches how can you honor soldiers who have given their lives?  Send a soldier a letter. As the Laurel Museum’s current World War 1 exhibit “Laurel’s World War 1:  From Here to Over There” demonstrates, active duty military love to get mail. The exhibit includes letters home from soldiers who clearly missed their families and loved to hear about what was happening back home.  With that in mind, the exhibit has created a special area for writing letters to soldiers serving today.
Visitors – both adults and young people --can write a note, draw a picture or both for a soldier, and drop it in the “Letters for Soldiers” mailbox. The Laurel Museum supplies the paper and pen. Laurel’s American Legion Post 60 will mail it for free it to servicemen.  Letters go to all branches: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. They can just say Thank You, share an experience, or be a picture of a favorite place—whatever the writer/artist wants.
“What better way to remember those who fought and in some cases died for America during World War 1 than to tell those currently serving that we appreciate them and the risks they take on our behalf, “stated exhibit committee member Karen Lubieniecki

Located at 817 Main Street, The Laurel Museum is open Wednesday and Friday 10-2; Sundays 1-4 p.m. (Note: The Museum is not open Memorial Day, May 29).  Admission is free. “Laurel’s World War 1: From Here to Over There” will run through December, 2017. Group tours and access to the Laurel Historical Society John Brennan Research Library are available on request.  Contact;, 301-725-7975 or visit

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McCeney Scholarships Application Date Extended 

Laurel, Maryland… The Laurel Historical Society (LHS) has extended the application deadline for McCeney Scholarships to July 1, 2017.  The two $750 scholarships for graduating Laurel-area high school students are designed to “to encourage members of Laurel's younger generations to pursue the study of history.” Scholarships are open to seniors graduating in 2017 who live in and/or attended a high school in one of the following ZIP codes: 20707, 20708, 20709, 20723, 20724, 20725, and 20726. Scholarship winners will be notified August 1, 2017. They are named for long-time Laurel Historical Society Chairman, President, and Treasurer and active Laurel community member James "Jim" McCeney, who passed away in 2016.

According to the LHS, the two McCeney Scholarships in the amount of $750 will be awarded annually to Laurel area high school students who have demonstrated sustained excellence and commitment in the discipline of social studies and who intend to continue to pursue those interests at college or university. 

“Jim McCeney was a tireless pillar of the community dedicated to preserving and promoting Laurel’s history. His loss is keenly felt and our goal is to honor him by encouraging local students to take up the banner of history for Laurel.“ stated Executive Director, Lindsey Baker

Scholarship details and applications are available at  Funds for the scholarships are being raised through the McCeney March, a walk through historic Laurel.  The first McCeney Walk was held in October, 2016.
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Treasures in the Attic
Appraisal Event and Picnic June 11, 2017

Laurel, MD…Is there a fortune in your attic? Maybe you have a thrift shop or garage sale find that you hope could be worth a lot of money? Find out Sunday, June 11, 2017 when the Laurel Historical Society sponsors its third Treasures in the Attic Appraisal Event.  Nationally known antiques and art appraiser Todd Peenstra will be on hand to share his expertise starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Cabana Room 14403 Greenview Drive, Laurel, MD 20708, next to Patuxent Greens. Appraisals cost $5/item for LHS members; $10 for non-members
The Treasures in the Attic event will be preceded by the Laurel Historical Society’s traditional “Friends and Family Picnic.”  The free event begins at 12 Noon, at the Cabana Room, and all are welcome. Chicken will be provided, and attendees are asked to bring a dish. Names starting with A-H: beverage; I-O: side, P-Z: dessert.
Reservations to either or both events are requested but not required. To RSVP email . Please indicate if you are RSVPing for the picnic and/or the appraisal.
Todd Peenstra is a nationally known antiques and art appraiser. He specializes in handling personal property appraisals for estate settlements, divorces, tax donations, estate planning, estate disbursement and insurance issues. Todd will be on hand offering appraisals, consultations, and advice on anything except books or stamps, including but not limited to furniture, glass, porcelain, paintings, silver, bronze, coins, toys, and documents, etc. Images are also acceptable. The Laurel Historical Society was founded in 1975 and operates the Laurel Museum. The current exhibit, “Laurel’s World War 1:  From Here to Over There” runs through December, 2017.  The Laurel Museum is open Wednesdays and Fridays 10-2, Sundays 1-4. Group tours by appointment. Admission is free. The John Calder Brennan research library, which includes newly digitized copies of The Laurel Leader from 1897-2008 is open by appointment Monday-Friday. The Laurel Museum is located at 817 Main Street, Laurel, Md.  Contact or visit
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Laurel Historical Society’s 2nd Annual Rube Goldberg Camp
June 27-29, 2017

​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 2nd Annual Rube Goldberg Camp June 27-29, 2017. The camp challenges 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. Kids will compete at the end of the camp and the winners will be given prizes.
Lindsey Baker, LHS Executive Director, explained why the Rube Goldberg is a fun addition to the LHS’ activities:

Last year’s Rube Goldberg camp allowed us to see just how wonderful it can work out to let kids explore, test, create, and solve problems together. Participants in last year’s camp really engaged with the concept and parents were delighted to see their inventions compete at the end of the week. We hope this year’s camp is just as successful.

The free camp is designed for incoming 3rd-5th graders and will be held at the Laurel Community Pool Room from 9:00am-11:00am.  Registration begins May 30.  Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited. Funding for the camp is made possible with support from Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC). 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.

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!


Let us help you recover from your St. Patty’s Day with the classic Saturday morning from your childhood. Bullhead Pit Beef will be whipping up pancakes and Jailbreak has the beermosas (featuring Feed the Monkey)! Nintendo 64 with classic games like MarioKart in the tap-room, and none other than Space Jam on the projector! Grab your onesies and favorite slippers and let's get weird!!

$5 - General Admission: discounted beers ALL DAY

Portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Animal Welfare Society of Howard County. Check out their website here Tickets are available on our website, and

*Please note Jailbreak's taproom will be open to the public 12pm-10pm. If you arrive prior to 1pm you are able to purchase a $5 ticket for discounted beers ALL DAY, but you can also enjoy the fun for FREE!

The People's Voice Beer Ballot Bash

The Prince George's County Genealogical Society
Wednesday, June7, 2017

New Carrollton Municipal Center, 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, New Carrollton, MD 20784 at 7:00 PM.

This month Professor Adam Rothman from Georgetown University will talk about "Faith, Family and Freedom: Tracing the American Jesuit Slave Community".   Professor Rothman is an expert in the history of the United States from the Revolution to the Civil War, and in the history of slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world.

The event is free and refreshments will be served.
For more information, visit us on the web at or call the  PGCGS library at 301-262-2063. You can also like us on Facebook at

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

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