Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Laurel Historical Society, Inc.

Preserving Laurel's Past for the Future

aka Laurel Museum   |   Laurel, MD   |  www.laurelhistoricalsociety.org

Mission

The mission of the Laurel Historical Society, Incorporated
is to encourage the understanding and preservation of the history and cultural heritage of Laurel.

Ruling year info

1991

Principal Officer

Mrs. Ann Bennett

Main address

817 Main St

Laurel, MD 20707 USA

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EIN

52-1713516

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Laurel Museum

We curate a collection of more than 15,000 items, maintain a research library, record oral history, offer community outreach and children's programs, mount museum exhibits, conduct educational programs for school and adult groups.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Charting impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The mission of the Laurel Historical Society is to promote and preserve the history and cultural heritage of Laurel, and we also serve as a cultural organization open to the public to access our exhibits, gallery space, and research library. We are actively working to diversify our board, increase awareness on issues relating to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and expand out public outreach to under-served segments of our community.

We are organizing a task force to make improvements in our organization and to more effectively engage in our community. We are looking at ways to restructure our programs and educational activities to make them more inclusive and accessible.

The Board of Directors possess a wide range of skills and backgrounds to support diversifying and engaging our programs and organization. The Staff and Board continually seek professional development opportunities and actively engage in ways to support our community.

We will conduct review sessions at our board meetings to discuss goals, progress, and strategies. We will solicit and review feedback from community members, partners, and program participants.

We have secured grant funding to support a new outreach program for the community of Laurel to help residents preserve historical and cultural items from among their family’s keepsakes. The program will consist of on-site presentations and hands-on activities designed to give community members the knowledge and skills about how to care for their family treasures. The sessions will take place at three Laurel-area churches that are the cornerstones of their hyper-local communities. These communities represent ethnicities, cultures, and heritage that are traditionally under-represented in the history and interpretation of Laurel.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, it is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, it is difficult to get honest feedback from our clients, it is difficult to identify actionable feedback.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Laurel Historical Society, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/25/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karen Lubieniecki

No Affilation

Elizabeth Compton

Marlene Frazier

Karen Lubieniecki

Lawrence Eldridge

Steve Hubbard

No Affiliation

Lesley Brinton

Mariam Thakkar

Alicia Fields

Melanie Dzwonchyk

Margie McCeney

Mitzi Betman

David Singleton

Bob Mignon

Cheryl Poulos

Amy Dunham

Denise Redmond

Michelle Keating

Jhanna Levin

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

Museum, History, Preservation, Education