Lost Laurel Wins St. George’s Day Award

This afternoon, I had the honor of receiving a Prince George’s County Historical Society St. George’s Day Award at the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, MD.

According to PGCHS:

Established in 1974, these awards are given annually to honor living individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation of the County’s heritage.

Some of the names I recognize as past recipients include longtime Laurel Leader editor Gertrude Poe, Maryland Governor Parris Glendening, and Comptroller Louis Goldstein. Just to be mentioned in such company is a huge honor; and I’m so pleased that those who study and preserve the history of both Laurel and Prince George’s County consider my humble Lost Laurel project to be so worthy.

Prince George’s County Historical Society Board Member Lynn Roberts made a terrific presentation, reading a statement from Laurel Historical Society Executive Director Lindsey Baker.


Laurel Historical Society President Steve Hubbard was there, explaining the premise of Lost Laurel and the work that went into producing the book.

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I want to thank the Prince George’s County Historical Society again for this award, which is a wonderful acknowledgement of a project that has truly been a labor of love. And a super-thank you to everyone at the Laurel Historical Society for nominating me in the first place (which I also just discovered today!) Thank you, all!


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4 thoughts on “Lost Laurel Wins St. George’s Day Award

  1. Jim McCeney says:


    It must have been a great event and congratulations.

    I am very sorry that I was unable to attend. Perhaps Steve told you that I am sick and am having surgery on Wednesday. The surgeon says I have a 90% chance of being at the Gala on Saturday.


    Sent from my iPod


    • Richard Friend says:

      Thanks so much, Jim! Looking forward to seeing you at the Gala, and more importantly, feeling 100% again very soon. Get well!

  2. Kirk Felix says:

    My hardiest congratulations. You are most deserving of this coveted award. You, Richard have done a wonderful job at preserving the history of one of Maryland’s gems. Keep up the great work.

    Kirk Felix in Canada

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