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October Events

All programs are free unless otherwise indicated and subject to change. Please call 301-377-7817 for latest program information.

Weekends in October

(for specific times and dates, call Maureen Rogers at the Laurel Mill Playhouse, 301-452-2557)

The American Way, a play directed by Marie Sproul and produced by Maureen Rogers

american flag The American Way is an epic tale of the American immigrant experience in the early 1900’s. It covers 50 years of the life of Martin Gunther, a German immigrant, who sends for his wife and children so that they may enjoy the advantages of America. Martin discovers a land of opportunity and lives a successful life in America until the depression hits in the 1930’s when he loses everything. Throughout his life he never falters from his faith in America, the land of freedom and hope.

Location: Laurel Mill Playhouse , 508 Main Street Laurel, Maryland 20707
For reservations and ticket prices, contact Maureen Rogers 301-452-2557, maureenrogers@gmail.com

Saturday, October 2,
10 am-12 noon

Researching Your Ancestry, a Talk by Rebecca Whitman Koford

Professional genealogist Rebecca Whitman Koford will give a Power Point presentation on getting started on researching your genealogy.

Location: Anne Arundel County Public Library
Maryland City at Russett Branch, 3501 Russett Common, Laurel, MD 20724
Contact: Judy Bausell at 301-725-2390

Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3, 11 am-4 pm

wood djembe from Guinea in West Africa Music from Around the World

Make drums and other percussion instruments from around the world.

Location: Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road Laurel, Maryland 20708
Contact: Holly Burnham at 301-377-7817 or email holly.burnham@pgparks.com .

Saturday, October 3,
3-4 pm

Family Program: Drum Circle. B.Y.O. Drum!

We’ll have some drums available, but you can also clap, dance, or just listen!

Location: Montpelier Mansion 9650 Muirkirk Road Laurel, Maryland 20708
Contact: Edna Graham 301-377-7817 or email edna.graham@pgparks.com .

Monday, October 4, 7-9:30 pm
(date changed)

port of baltimore Researching Immigrants through the Port of Baltimore, by Mike Boivin

Genealogist Mike Boivin will speak on doing research on immigrants who came through the Port of Baltimore. Mike teaches genealogy classes in Laurel and is the Director of the Genealogy Group at the Laurel Historical Society. He is a member of National Genealogy Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, American-Canadian Genealogical Society, Irish Genealogical Society International (for his maternal side) and the New Hampshire Genealogists Society.

Location: Laurel Pool Meeting Room, 9th Street & Main Street Laurel, MD, 20707
Contact: Holly Burnham at 301-377-7817 or email holly.burnham@pgparks.com .

Saturday, October 9

Have you M.E.T? Museum, Eats, and Theater in Historic Laurel

6 pm
The Laurel Historical Society and the Laurel Mill Playhouse present “A Very American Night Out” Begin your evening with dinner at the Laurel Museum. Dine in the galleries of the Laurel Museum and take time to enjoy the atmosphere. Explore how Laurel has defined community in the past 100 years through the current exhibit “Snapshots in Time: Our Community in 1910 and 2010.” The Laurel Museum is located at 817 Main Street Laurel, MD 20707

8 pm
Continue your evening on Laurel’s Main Street with a trip to the Laurel Mill Playhouse to see The American Way. The American Way is an epic tale of the American immigrant experience in the early 1900’s. It covers 50 years of the life of Martin Gunther, a German immigrant, who through out his life never falters from his faith in America, the land of freedom and hope. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service. By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. The Laurel Mill Theater is located at: 508 Main Street, Laurel, Maryland 20707.

Fee: $35
RSVP by October 4, 2010 to info@laurelhistoricalsociety.org or 301-725-7975. Reservations Must Include Email and Phone Number.

Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10, 11 am-4 pm

Hammock weaving in Bolivia The Art of Weaving

Learn about different weaving techniques from around the world.

Family Program: 1-3 pm both days, the Weaver’s Guild of Baltimore will demonstrate spinning and loom weaving.

Location: Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road Laurel, Maryland 20708
Contact: Holly Burnham at 301-377-7817 or email holly.burnham@pgparks.com .

Saturday-Sunday,
October 16-17, 11 am-4 pm

Family Program: Beauty from Around the World.

Make Caribbean foot jewelry, Ndbele bead bracelets, Japanese fans, and more.

Location: Montpelier Mansion 9650 Muirkirk Road Laurel, Maryland 20708
Contact: Holly Burnham at 301-377-7817 or email holly.burnham@pgparks.com .

Wednesday,
October 20, 7:30 pm

History Lecture – “19th Century Baltimore: A City of Immigrants” by Wayne Schaumburg

wayne schaumburg Join Baltimore historian Wayne R. Schaumburg for an inside look at the city's role as a major immigration port during the 19th century. Known as "Ellis Island South" by 1900, Baltimore was second only to New York in immigration during 1884, 1891, and 1892. This illustrated program will explore why immigrants came, how they got to Baltimore, and once they arrived, how they assimilated to life in a major urban center. This program is made possible by the Maryland Humanities Council.


Location Montpelier Arts Center (on the grounds of Montpelier Mansion)
9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Maryland 20708

Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, Oct. 23

9:30-11:30 am
Brownie Try-It Program

  • People Around the World
  • Playing Around the World

1-4 pm
Junior Badge Program

  • World Neighbor
  • Celebrating People
Saturday, Oct. 23,
11 am-4 pm

Show-and-Tell Me About Your Heritage

Stories and sharing about our homes and our heritage. For all ages.

Location: Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road Laurel, Maryland 20708
Contact: Holly Burnham at 301-377-7817 or email holly.burnham@pgparks.com .

Saturday, Oct. 23,
6 pm

SWEET LAND

sweet land movie Winner Best First Feature 2007 Independent Spirit Awards and winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2005 Hamptons International Film Festival, Sweet Land is a poignant and lyrical celebration of land, love, and the American immigrant experience. Based on Will Weaver’s short story, "A Gravestone Made of Wheat," and shot on location in Southern Minnesota, Sweet Land is that rare independent feature that uses painterly images and understated performances to tell a universal story of love and discovery. David Tumblety’s glorious magic-hour cinematography recalls classic American art cinema like Days of Heaven, transforming the amber majesty of Southern Minnesota’s farm country into an elegiac metaphor for memory, family, and history. Featuring supporting performances by veteran performers Ned Beatty, Paul Sand, and Lois Smith, Sweet Land is the story of immigrant America, made by the son of first-generation immigrants themselves. Rated PG.

This film is part of MONTPELIER FILM SERIES/The Art of Film FALL 2010-Winter2011 Films on the Theme of the Immigrant Experience
DINNER WILL BE SERVED. Tickets are available at the arts center for $25 ($22.50/members & seniors). Call 301-377-7800 or 410-492-0664.
Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

Sunday, October 24, 1:30-3:30 pm

Harvest Some Fun at the Laurel Museum: Harvest Time Traditions from Around the World

Celebrate the harvest with traditions from around the world. $5, Pre-registration requested.

Location: Laurel Museum, 817 Main Street Laurel, Maryland 20707
Contact: Lindsey Baker, Director Laurel Historical Society and Museum 301-725-7975, director@laurelhistoricalsociety.org .

Saturday,
October 25,
12 noon-3 pm

Question & Answer Session with the Laurel Historical society Genealogy Group (LHSGG)

Got some questions about genealogy research? The LHSGG can help!

Location: Montpelier Mansion 9650 Muirkirk Road Laurel, Maryland 20708
Contact: Edna Graham 301- 377-7817or email edna.graham@pgparks.com.

Sunday, October 31,
11 am-4 pm

japanese masks Mask Making

Learn about masks from around the world, and make some for Halloween!

Location: Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road Laurel, Maryland 20708
Contact: Holly Burnham at 301-377-7817 or email holly.burnham@pgparks.com .