Street Address
817 Main Street
Laurel, MD 20707
Mailing Address
817 Main Street
Laurel, MD 20707
Admissions
Free
Museum Type(s)
Staff
Lindsey Baker, Executive Director

Description

The Laurel Museum collects, preserves and displays objects, photographs, and archival material related to Laurel, Maryland. It is our intention to educate both local and non-local visitors about the history of the town of Laurel and the people, institutions and outside forces that formed the town.

History

The Laurel Historical Society, Inc. was founded in the 1970s for the purpose of collecting, preserving and displaying artifacts related to Laurel. Before the Museum was opened in 1996, the Society presented educational programs (as we still do) to educate the public about the history of the formation of Laurel.

Artifacts Collections

The Laurel Museum Collection is made up of many photographs, personal and business records, personal items, textiles, books, architectural details. We have items related to the Laurel Mill, the residents of Laurel, school children, local soldiers, Main Street businesses, women's lives in Laurel, and much more.

Research Collections

The John C. Brennan Library contains a number of books related to Laurel, Prince George's County and Maryland history. We also have an extensive collection of vertical files in the library, containing photographs, letters, personal histories, newspaper clippings, and other ephermera related to Laurel.

Educational Programs

Kids tours, with a visit to the site of the dam that powered the Laurel Mill (now demolished), crafts.

A fall and spring series of lectures on topics related to Laurel.

Backyard tours - tours of local sites that local residents might not have visted before (in local counties, Washington, DC, or Northern Virginia).

    Governance

    The Laurel Historical Society, Inc.

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

    Appointment required: Yes

    Publications

    We sell a set of Laurel history books with an index that was written in 1970 and updated in 1995.

    We are currently writing a book on Laurel postcards for publication.

    We have published a walking map of Laurel.