Whisky Rebellion Fest ~ June 9, 6-10pm

Tickets are now available for the Whiskey Rebellion Fest, June 9 6 to 10 pm, in the Grand Ballroom. The Fest was a sell-out in 2016.

For details and to secure your ticket, click here.

Also in 2017, the first floor will be restored and the Crossroads of America permanent exhibit installed.

Uncovering the beautiful first floor at 3 Pershing St.

The restoration of the 1st floor at Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing St, Cumberland, has started, and treasures are being revealed!
In the picture below you can see the beautiful vaulted ceiling over the entranceway, which is seeing the light once more.
Dividing walls, wall to wall carpet that has covered marble floors, and heritage  acoustic tiles are being ripped out.
One of our living treasures, our Executive Vice President Vic Rezendes, is revealed in the third photo.
Drop in and sneak a look, then go up to the second floor for the Smithsonian The Way We Worked display. open during usual hours until March 24.

The vaulted ceiling makes its long-anticipated reappearance.

Vice President Vic Rezendes

Frederick Douglass in Cumberland

Black History Month:
Did you know that Frederick Douglass delivered a lecture in Cumberland?
On September 23 1879, Marshal Douglass arrived to lecture for the Emancipation celebration. Here is the story from the Washington Post, Sept. 24, 1879:
“Emancipation Day” was yesterday celebrated in this city in a very enthusiastic manner by the colored people, who flocked to the city in large numbers from the neighboring towns of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland. It was a gala day for the colored race. About 2,000 visitors were in town, and the streets presented an animated appearance. The weather was cloudy but no rain fell, and everything went off pleasantly. About noon a procession was formed, which passed through the principal streets and wended its way to the Fair grounds, which are located in a commanding position to the east of the city. Several Masonic and other secret societies appeared in line. Marshal Douglass arrived on the express train from Washington at 2:10 P.M. He was met at the Queen City hotel by an immense crowd of people, and escorted through the principal streets in a barouche, in which were seated Mayor William J. Read, Hon. Henry W. Hoffman, and Rev. B. H. Lee, the pastor of the A.M.E. Church if this city, who was also the president of the meeting. The procession arrived at the Fair grounds at 3 o’clock, escorted by a band of music.”

Marshall Frederick Douglass

The porch of the Queen City Hotel

The Way We Worked Opening a great success

“The Way We Worked” opened at the Allegany Museum yesterday, with an attendance estimated at 75 people.

The exhibit will run through March 24, 2017 and explores the strength and spirit of American workers on both the national as well as local level.

Depicted here are front row left to right, Victor Rezendes, Allegany Museum; Maryland Delegate Mike McKay; Theresa Worden, Maryland Humanities Museum on Main Street Program; Albert Feldstein, Maryland Humanities Board of Directors; Carl Belt Jr., President of the Belt Group; and Gary Bartik, Allegany Museum. Back row left to right are Larry Wolfe, President of Teamsters Local 453; Eugene Frazier, Cumberland City Councilman; Thomas Clayton, Town of Luke Councilman; and Jake Shade, Allegany County Commissioner.

In the second pic, Alice Cooney plays with the B&O train bell  at the exhibition. She is with her father, Sean  Cooney.