Laurel at 150 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.

Visit to order your copy today.


Postmark Laurel Book

My second book, Postmark Laurel, is here! It’s a whopping 280 pages of historic postcards from Laurel—reproduced at full size, front and back.

Click here to order for $25.00


Lost Laurel T-Shirts

Inspired by Laurel’s places past, this growing collection captures the spirit of Lost Laurel through lovingly restored and re-imagined graphics by designer Richard Friend. Produced exclusively on-demand by, a small commission on each purchase helps support the Lost Laurel project. Check back often for new designs, and be sure to share photos of them being worn out in the old neighborhood!

Click the image below to shop the full collection


Lost Laurel—the Book

The first edition, published in 2013, has completely sold out. Got a library card? Copies are available for borrowing through the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, and for students at the Laurel High School library.


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