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Volunteers recognized: L-R: Steve Hubbar, Jeanie Anastasi, Kathy Crawford, Marlene Frazier, LHS Executive Director Ann Bennett, Doug Hayes, Cheryl Poulus, Asst. Director Monica Sturdivant, Amy Dunham, Jim Frazie.
Volunteers recognized: L-R: Steve Hubbar, Jeanie Anastasi, Kathy Crawford, Marlene Frazier, LHS Executive Director Ann Bennett, Doug Hayes, Cheryl Poulus, Asst. Director Monica Sturdivant, Amy Dunham, Jim Frazie. (Courtesy Photo/Laurel Historical Society)

The doors to the Laurel Museum may be closed for a few more days, but that’s because members of the Laurel Historical Society have been busy working behind the scenes to welcome the public to its 2019 exhibit.

“Is There a Doctor in the House: Laurel’s Healthcare Stories” debuts this Sunday, Feb. 3 at a free grand opening reception at the Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., from 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibit tells the stories of the doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and hospitals that have served the people of Laurel over the last 200 years. Light refreshments will be served and the event is open to the public. After the exhibit opening, the museum will return to its regular schedule and will be open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 1to 4 p.m.

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Members of the LHS have been busy with other projects as well.

On Jan. 20, the historical society hosted its volunteer appreciation event, at which it recognized Cheryl Poulos as volunteer of the year. Poulos have served in many capacities, including as a docent and shop volunteer and a member of the 2018 exhibit committee. She also helped with the Main Street Festival and produced booklets for the McCeney March and Annual Gala, and was cited in particular for her kindness and enthusiasm.

The volunteer appreciation event also honored those who have reached milestone years of service to the LHS, including Steve Hubbard (10 years), Jeanie Anastasi (15 years), Kathy Crawford (15 years) and Frances Brooks (10 years).

Finally, the society recognized those who opened their homes or businesses to the public during December’s Holiday Home Tour, which raised funds for the LHS. Homeowners and business owners included Marlene and Jim Frazier, Douglas Hayes, Amy Dunham, Charlotte and Richard Blankenship, Karen Sanders, Jean-Marie Lauenstein, St. Mary of the Mills Church and DC Homme.

Ann Bennett, LHS executive director, was one of only 25 people chosen from across the country to participate in a cultural heritage preservation training program at the Smithsonian Institution on Dec. 14. The Heritage Emergency and Response Training (HEART) program brought together museum, archives, and library specialists as well as those in emergency management fields to learn how to work to preserve cultural treasures and historic sites in times of natural disasters or other emergencies.

Just a reminder that registration for the 2019 growing season of the city of Laurel Community Garden, located at Laurel Presbyterian Church, is now open for returning members. New memberships for city residents will be available Feb. 4. Plot fees range from $35 to $50, plus a one-time $100 registration fee. Call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 301-725-7800 to register or learn more.

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