Pete Lewnes has a story all his own. It was by happenstance that the then-Lanham resident found his way to a local car dealership, Mid-City Chevrolet, in 1972 to purchase his first vehicle. On the group's website he said that "while driving back home to Lanham that day, something about this small town left me with a feeling that I had never had." He returned to the area in 1986. Not long after that, he met and married the love of his life, Martha. The couple has scoured yard sales, perused eBay, and attended sales a good distance from Laurel, all in search of treasured memorabilia. Lewnes went on to say "since then we have amassed a huge collection of artifacts and collectibles," all in an effort to preserve the history of his adopted hometown.