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Learn about genealogy and history at Montpelier [South Laurel/Montpelier]

A variety of historical and educational events are being offered at Montpelier Mansion.

There is still time to view the exhibit “Civil War Soldiers: Discovering the Men of the 25th U.S. Colored Troops.” The exhibit closes on March 11. Through pictures and narratives, we can learn more about this important part of our local history.

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On Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to noon, the mansion hosts Scout and Family Day. Building on the material in the exhibit, educational and fun activities related to the history of the troops will be provided. Also on March 10, those interested in genealogy can bring their laptops and participate in hands-on research with a particular focus on the Civil War Era. Noted genealogist Nathania Mills will be available to guide your research efforts. The Genealogy Workshop runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

On a different note, a perspective on woodworking can be seen in the Chesapeake Woodturners exhibit which will run from Saturday, March 17, to Sunday, April 29. On the Saturdays in April, there will be demonstrations of the technique from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. These demonstrations will be outdoors, so they will be held “if weather permits.” For more information on any of these exciting opportunities, call 301-377-7817.

The neighboring Montpelier Arts Center is preparing for several competitions in both visual and musical art. The Annual Studio Jury Competition provides the opportunity to compete for a studio in the Resident Artists’ Gallery. Entrants must be 18 years of age and a Maryland resident. Residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties will receive preference. The Library Gallery Competition provides the opportunity to have one’s visual art on display for a one month period during the period September 2018 through August 2019. Maryland residents ages 18 over are eligible. For the musically talented, there is the Classical Recital Competition. Winners of this competition will be featured in a recital between September 18 and May 19, 2019. More information on these competitions and entry forms are available at montpelierartscenter.submittable.com.

The Laurel/Beltsville Senior Center has several free workshops and activities in March. On Wednesday, March 21, learn steps to prevent colon cancer. On Friday, March 30, review ways to reduce/prevent pains in your joints. On the fourth Thursday of every month, from 2 to 4 p.m., those in the early stages of memory loss get together with others with similar challenges. To pre-register, contact Nancy Quarles at 240-467-3833.

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