Hardcover, 220 pages

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About the Book

Past celebrations of Laurel, Maryland's Centennial in 1970 and 125th anniversary in 1995 included souvenir booklets. Both booklets, along with various other writings produced about the city over the years, provide extensive historical narratives of the town.

This book is different. It is not intended to be a complete history. The Laurel History Boys are storytellers. Through stories, this book presents a vivid illustration of many events—some serious, some amusing, some not very flattering—that reflect Laurel’s history and diversity. More importantly, it provides a portrait of the people of Laurel, who have displayed a commitment to service and a dedication to their town for 150 years.

Written and produced by Kevin Leonard ("History Matters" columnist for the Laurel Leader) and Richard Friend, (Lost Laurel creator) Laurel at 150 is chock full of a century-and-a-half's worth of fascinating history from our home town.

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What People Are Saying

Richard Friend, Kevin Leonard, and

Peter Lewnes have created a scrapbook for Laurel residents and anyone else who is curious about the people and places that have informed the city’s identity for 150 years.

Joe Murchison, Pete Pichaske,

Melanie Dzwonchyk, and Katie McClelland

Laurel Leader editors

Upcoming Laurel History Boys Events

  • Sat, Jul 25
    American Legion Post 60
    Jul 25, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    American Legion Post 60, 2 Main St, Laurel, MD 20707, USA
    What was Laurel like during World War II? How did residents cope? What precautions were taken by city officials and residents? You may be surprised. The answers will be provided by The Laurel History Boys.
  • Sat, Jun 27
    Oliver's Old Towne Tavern
    Jun 27, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Oliver's Old Towne Tavern, 531 Main St, Laurel, MD 20707, USA
    The Laurel History Boys will host another lively and fun trivia contest all about Laurel’s history.
  • Sat, Feb 29
    Partnership Hall
    Feb 29, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Partnership Hall, 845 5th St, Laurel, MD 20707, USA
    The Laurel History Boys will present a lively and sometimes amusing recap of Laurel’s 150 years using photos, artifacts, and documents. How much do you know about Laurel’s history?