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LAUREL HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Sports & Recreation

Location

817 Main StreetLAUREL, MD 20707 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Laurel Historical Society opened the Laurel Museum as a small community museum and archives on Main Street in Laurel, Maryland, in 1996. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization located in Prince George’s County. Our mission is to promote and preserve the history and cultural heritage of Laurel, and we also serve as a cultural organization open to the public to access our exhibits, gallery space, and research library. We welcome more than 1,700 visitors per year to the 1,920-square-foot Laurel Museum, and maintain a free online collections database which allows for digital access to more than 5,000 items from our collection.

Description

The Laurel Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets approximately 10,000 artifacts, dating from the 1830s to the present. Our collection is primarily used for research, exhibits, educational activities, and public programming by students, local authors, scholars, teachers, and cultural organizations. The Society strives to create awareness and promote the heritage of the Laurel area and interpret broader themes of history and culture.

Since 2001, the Laurel Historical Society has created new exhibits each year that dive into segments of Laurel’s past, such as the Civil War, World War I, and the 100th anniversary of Laurel Park. Special themed exhibits focused on more personal histories such as the African American community of Muirkirk and the everyday life of a working class mill family of the 1870s. The collections of the Laurel Historical Society support public programming and interpretation, as well as educational tours. Seven times a year, the Society hosts its Speaker Series, with speakers presenting on various topics of local, regional, and national significance.

We are committed to providing public access to our collections on-site and online through educational activities, research opportunities, and public programming.

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