Rain does nothing to dampen the Allegany Museum experience

The AP Human Geography class from Fort Hill stopped in for a tour of Allegany Museum on Thursday with their teacher Ethan Devore. The students are currently in a chapter devoted to industry, services, and urban patterns and were on a field trip to look at the local services and industries of Allegany County. Despite having to walk to the Museum in the rain, the students were excited to hear about the history of their county.

Chad O’Neil, a Senior, said “The museum is actually pretty awesome, I’ve never been here before. When we walked into the Yoder Room the Moses Statue was absolutely breathtaking, and the Kelly Tire History is awesome.”

Macy Lashbaugh added: “It is really interesting. I didn’t know Cumberland had this much history.”

<Photo: Fort Hill AP Human Geography class in the grand Ballroom, Allegany Museum>

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Corruption at the British Museum?

The British Museums Association is investigating claims that some of Britain’s most revered cultural institutions have broken its code of ethics in the way they dealt with one of their commercial sponsors, BP.
Documents appear to show the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery and other institutions bending to accommodate the demands of the oil company.
For example, The British Museum apparently gave BP the last word on the inclusion of an artwork in an exhibition of aboriginal art at a time when the company was trying to progress the controversial offshore Great Australian Bight project.
Allegany Museum? Most of our funding comes from government. But that does not pay for running costs.
Did you know that we only have one part time staff member? We desperately need more, but don’t have the funds.
Please help us: click on the link at alleganymuseummd.org, buy tickets to our annual fundraiser, the Whiskey Rebellion Fest or purchase at the Book Center, N. Centre St.or call us (301) 777-7200
But be warned- we are not into British-style funny business wink emoticon
(Photograph: Niklas Halle’N/AFP/Getty Images)



The Allegany Museum welcomes you to help us celebrate the only time a sitting president commanded troops in the field with a weekend of boutique whiskey, craft beer, high-end cigars, music and selfies with President Washington himself.

The event will open Friday evening, June 10, 6:00 pm with a Whiskey Rebellion Fest, featuring tastings from eight distillers, including Maker’s Mark.  Tickets to the Bash are $50 ($75 at the door), which includes tastings, a souvenir shot glass, one drink at the cash bar, tavern games, canapés, and music by Grand Ole Ditch and a presentation of cigar/whiskey pairings.

On Saturday, the Rebellion Beer Garden will serve craft brews from 1 to 5 pm. Guests will also have the opportunity to win museum quality brewing collectibles. Admission to Saturday’s Beer Garden is free. The US Army Drum and Fife Corps will provide musical entertainment.

Actors portraying the young Washington as commander of troops and reenactments of other scenes from our colonial history presented by the Embassy Theatre, will pop up at all locations, and there will be chances to interact with amusements popular in mid-18th century colonial Maryland.

The James H. Bready Collection of Maryland Rye Whiskey Bottles and Related Ephemera, featuring Cumberland’s own Braddock Maryland Rye, will be on loan from the state archives on event weekend. The museum will also host a Saturday morning local history panel discussion.

As well, Cumberland’s Heritage Days Festival will provide food, crafts, and entertainment, with attractions for the kids.  Visitors will also be able to stroll among the artists competing in downtown Cumberland in the annual Allegany Arts Council Plein Air competition.
It’s a big weekend. Book your accommodation and your tickets to the Friday evening Fest now. There are still a few tickets available to the Whiskey Rebellion Fest. To book go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whiskey-rebellion-fest-tickets-23112356681 or purchase at the Book Center, N. Centre St.

Allegany Museum to have display of priceless whiskey bottles

Part of the James H. Bready Collection of Maryland Rye Whiskey Bottles and Related Ephemera, featuring Cumberland’s own Braddock Maryland Rye, will be on loan from the state archives during the Whiskey Rebellion Commemoration, June 9-11.
Braddock Rye was “the finest all-rye whiskey in the United States” according to an advertisement (c. 1910).
Braddock Rye (named for General Edward Braddock), was produced by the James Clark Distilling Company on the old National Road. It opened in 1895.
In the early 1900s, American states and towns began to vote to go “Dry”, and “Wets” increasingly obtained their supplies through the postal service. James Clark developed a thriving mail order business here. In 1917, however, a Supreme Court decision put an end to mail order liquor, and the business closed soon after.
The owner, James Clark, was one of the wealthiest men in Maryland when he died in 1932.
There are still a few tickets available to the Whiskey Rebellion Fest. To book go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/whiskey-rebellion-fest-tickets- or purchase at the Book Center, N. Centre St.
<Photo: a few bottles from the Bready Collection; image: the James Clark Distilling Company (from The Supremes and Whiskey By Mail:Then and Now:
Special to Bottles and Extras, by Jack Sullivan).>

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