If you were around during the era of small racetracks that regularly hosted local races, demolition derbies, and monster truck events, you undoubtedly remember the radio announcer’s rallying cry of “Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!” For Lost Laurel, tomorrow—Sunday, February 9th—is every bit as exciting. And then some.
The Lost & Found Laurel exhibit has its grand opening tomorrow at the Laurel Museum from 1:00–4:00.
The museum, located in what is believed to be the oldest house in Laurel (dating to at least the 1840s, with some estimates going back to 1802) is at the corner of 9th & Main Streets. Admission is free.
Both the Laurel Leader and The Gazette have been spreading the word this week, and the Leader will be covering the grand opening, as well! Here are a few of the media links to date:
Collectors Find Plenty of Laurel Memories | Laurel Leader “History Matters” column by Kevin Leonard
Amateur Historian Inspires Laurel Museum Exhibit | Gazette feature by Emilie Eastman
Laurel Museum Opens “Lost & Found Laurel” Exhibit Sunday | Laurel Leader web feature by Melanie Dzwonchyk
Laurel History Memorabilia | (Laurel Leader photo gallery)
Lost & Found Laurel Opens February 9 | Eventful.com
While I did have the chance to get a few sneak peeks along the way, I’ll be experiencing the opening for the first time along with everyone else. When I was at the Museum last weekend, the exhibit panels had been printed but not yet installed, and many of the displays were only just beginning to take shape.
I won’t even attempt to list the full variety of things you’ll discover, but yes—that is the original Hershey’s Ice Cream sign that hung from Keller’s/Knapp’s Laurel News Agency for decades. Beside it (partially hidden behind the glass showcase with the fleet of Lost Laurel toy trucks) is the cash register from Cook’s Laurel Hardware. Both of these treasures have been in the Laurel Historical Society’s archives since the businesses closed.
I also have an update on the Lost Laurel book, as we’re all anxiously awaiting the printed shipment.
The cargo ship carrying the books arrived in New York yesterday, and I was told to allow an additional 7–10 days for customs clearance and delivery; so I’m expecting to have the books in hand the week of February 17th, at which point I’ll begin mailing out the pre-ordered copies.
You can still pre-order copies right here, and I’ll also have copies available for sale at my “(Re)Collecting Laurel” presentation and book signing event on March 13th—a fun talk that I’m looking forward to as part of the Laurel Historical Society Speakers Bureau!
But remember, you can also win one of the very first copies of the book at the grand opening tomorrow! I donated the two advance copies I’d received (one paperback and one hard cover edition) to the Museum for this purpose, so be sure to come out and take a chance! I look forward to seeing many of you there and hearing what you think about the exhibit!
What ship-tracker app is that?
It’s a site a found while looking for the vessel “James River Bridge”—marinetraffic.com. I believe they have a pro account/app, but I’d just been following along on their free site. 😉
Nice job Russell Knapp son of Ann and Fred Knapp
Thanks, Russell! We’d love to film an interview with Fred, if he’s available one weekend for lunch on us at the Tastee Diner. It would be wonderful to see him and hear his countless stories of Laurel’s all-time favorite newsstand. Please let me know if you’d be able to arrange that. Thanks again!