Pete Lewnes is the preeminent collector of Laurel historical memorabilia, and along with his wife, Martha, has amassed over 10,000 pieces in a collection that covers early business and industry, politics, vintage retail, and anything else that pertains to Laurel. A longtime contributor to the Laurel Museum, he has an unrivaled drive to learn as much as possible about Laurel’s people and places past, and deftly finds hidden historical treasures that he enjoys sharing with the public.
Pete contributes the "Laurel Archeology" column in Voices of Laurel, and frequently brings a curated assortment from his collection to display at our presentations. Below is a growing archive of his findings.
The Early Days of Public Transportation
Here’s a sampling of some rare public transportation cards—early equivalents of a Metro SmarTrip card, if you will—that feature some well-known family names from Laurel’s history.