Remember the Laurel Drive In?
Bay N Surf?
The Little Tavern?
Lost and Found Laurel, a new exhibit that takes visitors on a trip down memory lane opens February 9, 20014 at the Laurel Museum. Focusing on the 1960s through the present, the exhibit explores the shops, schools, restaurants, activities and celebrations that created a fondly remembered community. Pairing the old and new, it reminds today’s residents that while some businesses and institutions vanished, new, equally memorable ones have replaced them.
The exhibit includes sections on schools, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, libraries, and festivals. A variety of objects ranging from trucks to high school football uniforms and varsity jackets to restaurant menus will be featured throughout. Highlights include a “Hershey” sign from Knapps News Service, a wall papered with matchbook covers from Laurel businesses, a “restaurant” area with tables and menus, and a school room. Visitors will also have the opportunity to help the Laurel Historical Society (LHS) identify unknown people and places that are part of its archives.
One section: “The Good Old Days…?” is a sobering reminder that not all memories of the period were good ones. The panel incorporates photos and newspaper stories from the 1960s. It reminds visitors that that Laurel citizens were struggling through integration efforts, KKK cross burnings and firebombs and that tensions between the black and white communities were high.
Lost and Found Laurel was created with the assistance of Richard Friend, who manages the popular Facebook page “Lost Laurel” https://www.facebook.com/lostlaurel. In addition to loaning a number of items, Friend also designed the logo and panels for the LHS exhibit. He is also allowing the LHS to raffle off the first two copies of his new book Lost Laurel: The Book during the exhibit’s Grand Opening February 9. Other object contributors include Jack Bowen, John Floyd II, the Laurel Leader, and Peter and Martha (Kalbach) Lewnes. Support was also provided by the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission.
Lost and Found Laurel will run through December 21, 2014.