Diaries of 19th-century mill superintendent help tell Laurel's history

Reports of wage cuts, social clubs, equipment and dam problems, temperance meetings and more are part of the historical events Laurel Mill superintendent George H. Nye documented during his nine years in Laurel between 1877-1885.

The Laurel Historical Society will offer a glimpse into the past through Nye's eyes at "The Diaries of George Nye: An Inside Look 1877-1885," Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Laurel Municipal Pool meeting room, Ninth and Main streets.

Ken Skrivseth, who with Jeri Witt has begun detailed transcriptions of Nye's daily entries, will discuss some of their discoveries and what it has taken to ensure accurate transcriptions of the hand-written documents. Skrivseth will also present some insight into the day-to-day life of one of the town's prominent citizens and actions Nye took that affected the jobs and wages of more than 250 Laurel Mill workers.

The Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., will be open from 6-7 p.m. prior to the program, to allow visitors to see the exhibit "True Life: I'm a Laurel Mill Worker," which opened Feb. 5 and runs through December.

For more information, call the Laurel Museum at 301-725-7975, or go to laurelhistoricalsociety.org.

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