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

Laurel Maryland…Was that amazing EBay document you saw stolen from the National Archives (NARA)? A crack NARA team is working to get it back. Saturday, May 14, at 2pm Mitch Yockelson from NARA’s Archival Recovery Team (ART) will share some of his amazing theft and lost document stories. “Theft, Document Recovery, and More: Tales from the National Archives Recovery Team” will reveal major theft cases worked by ART
and some of the important documents they’ve recovered. The program will be held at the Laurel Municipal Pool Room, at 9th & Main Streets. There is a suggested donation of $3 for LHS members, $5 for non-members.
The Archival Recovery Team investigates documents and other items that have been lost or stolen from NARA, utilizing news, auction houses and websites, collector shows, and tips.
This lecture is a part of the Laurel Historical Society series, “Behind the Bricks: Exploring Museums from the Inside Out”. Upcoming programs include behind the scenes tours of local museums, programs exploring, technology, collecting, historians, and more in local museums.
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. Contact or visit ##

About Mitch Yockelson:

Mitch Yockelson is an archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) where he works in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer as a member of the Archival Recovery Team (ART). A history teacher
at Norwich University in Vermont, Mr. Yockelson has published widely in the field of military history, and is the author of three books: Borrowed Soldiers, Americans under British Command, 1918, MacArthur: America’s General and Grant: Savior of the Union  and Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing’s Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in 1918,  He received a B.S. from Frostburg State University, an M.A. from George Mason University and a Ph.D. from the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University, United Kingdom. 

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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 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!

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
Bluegrass Band
7 PM Tuesdays

Sam and Elsie’s Bar and restaurant, 9994 Washington Blvd Laurel, MD / Information: 301-317-7796

No cover charge. 

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United not Divided: Economic Inequality and Opportunity Gap

Public Forum at Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
110 S. Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

March 30-31, 2016

The distribution of income and wealth in the United States has been widening steadily for several decades. The American middle class is shrinking. Children of disadvantaged families lack access to the quality educational resources and the opportunity gap between the poor and affluent Americans is increasing. The trend is alarming, but many believe that it can be reversed. 

At the Baltimore Forum, scholars, community leaders, policy makers, students and the general public will discuss issues of economic inequality and the opportunity gap with the goal of exploring ways to mitigate their negative impacts on the social, cultural and political fabric of the nation.  They will explore the causes and consequences of the widening gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” and discuss the impact the wealth gap and low social mobility have to the American style of democracy, 

The second day of the forum is devoted to discussions on Baltimore and its efforts to reduce crime and transform low-opportunity neighborhoods.

The event is organized by the Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives and the St. Mary’s Arts Council.

Please contact the Center for the Study of Democracy at or to register:

“Coping With Hearing Loss”
Thursdays starting April 14 thru May 5, 2016 @ 1:30 – 3:00pm

North Laurel 50+ Center 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road Laurel, Maryland / Karen Hull Howard County Office on Aging 410.313.7466

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Sponsored by Seniors Together, a program of the Howard County Office on Aging
Presented by the University of Maryland Department of Speech and Hearing

For individuals with hearing loss and/or their families, a variety of topics including hearing devices, managing your environment, and coping strategies.  A terrific opportunity for hands-on interaction with qualified audiologist and UMD graduate students.  To register call 410-313-0380 or contact Elaine Widom, 410.313.7283 for further information. Cost $25.00/pp partial scholarships available. 

North Laurel Community Yard Sale
April 30, 2016 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

North Laurel Community Center 9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd Laurel, MD 20723

Clean out your basements, closets and garages and haul it down to the North Laurel Community Center for a fun day of selling and buying. Space available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations required at least one week prior to the event. No fee for shoppers. This event is offered in partnership with the North Laurel Community Center and Girl Scout Troop 1508.
Maryland Day
Saturday, April 30, 2016 @ 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

University of Maryland

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Event Description:
Inspiration. Boldness. Curiosity. Passion.
You’ll find it all at the University of Maryland’s one-day open house featuring family-friendly and interactive events. Come explore our world of Fearless Ideas and see all that we do to the best for our community, the state and the world.
Maryland Day is packed with exciting events and exhibits in six “learning neighborhoods” spread across campus. Choose the events that most interest you and your family by visiting the Plan Your Day section.

Spring Bazaar
April 30, 2016. 11-3.

Villages of Wellington Clubhouse 14404 Rosemore Lane Laurel, MD 20707. Shop vendors.
Laurel High School Community Day
May 14, 2016 10-3

Cherry Lane Nursing Center Flea Marrket
Saturday May 21,2016 @ 700am- 200pm Rain date will be Saturday June 4,2016

Spaces available for10.00. For more information call301-498-8558
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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