A glass paperweight display has commenced in the Allegany Museum Board Room.
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Another unique exhibit has joined the Conestoga wagon on the first floor of Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing St Cumberland.
The Carl Belt crew and museum staff have carefully maneuvered a 1905 Studebaker Brothers driving wagon through the doors and into place on the National Road display.
It will play an important role in Crossroads of America, the permanent exhibition that will take up most of the newly restored first floor area.
The 1905 Studebaker was one of the last horse drawn vehicles manufactured by the manufacturer that was based in South Bend, Indiana.
Studebaker entered the automotive business in 1902 with electric vehicles and in 1904 with gasoline vehicles.
The Studebaker wagon has been meticulously restored, as you can see in the photo below.
You can sneak a peek in the elevator waiting area, and then go up to visit the permanent exhibitions on the second floor, which include displays dedicated to local manufacturing giants such as Kelly Springfield, the Oster Toy collection which includes 90 transportation-related toys dating to the early 20th century, and much more.
We are open Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 4, and Sundays 1 to 4.
The first floor restoration at Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing St Cumberland is almost complete, and now an important exhibit – a genuine Conestoga wagon – has been installed.
The renovation at the Museum began a few months ago when Carl Belt Construction tore down acoustic tiles to uncover the vaulted ceiling and beautiful molding, took out the partitions, and ripped up the carpet that was hiding the marble floors. The gorgeous 1930s Post Office interior was revealed!
The current phase is the mounting of Crossroads of America, the permanent exhibition that traces this history of the National Road that will take up most of the first floor area.
The Conestoga is just one of the vehicles that will be displayed.
It took a very large flatbed to transport, and then a crane to lift it. There were some anxious moments when the Conestoga was eased through the Museum’s front door – but it made it, and now stands proudly in place, awaiting the other vehicles and static and dynamic displays.
The exhibition tells the story of the National Road, from ancient times when Native American tribes walked the trail, through Washington’s adventures, and to modern vehicular traffic.
The Crossroads of America will provide a permanent record of this important part of America’s history, for both local residents and tourists to enjoy.
<Images: The Conestoga is lifted from the flatbed; The Conestoga is guided carefully through the Museum’s front doors>