Allegany Museum Holiday Event Series 2017

Allegany Museum’s Christmas Event Series will begin with an Open House, Friday November 24th. After the civic Tree Lighting Ceremony, the grand ballroom on the 2nd floor of Allegany Museum will be open for refreshments and a visit from Santa himself!

The newly renovated first floor will also be open for a sneak peek at the vaulted ceiling, beautiful molding, and the marble floors of the gorgeous 1930s Post Office interior. You will also be able to see the genuine Conestoga wagon, the Studebaker buggy, the 1915 Model T, and the 1929 Durant that are in place, parked on the road surfaces of the corresponding periods. The rest of the exhibition will be installed in 2018.

The grand ballroom will house an exhibition of the history of Santa Claus, from St Nicolas through the Coke ‘Santa’ to the present day, as well as our huge Christmas tree.

The Open house kicks off the Holiday Event Series.

‘Kids’ Saturday’ will be held on Saturday December 9. From 10am to 12pm, families are welcome to hear the history of Santa Claus, book readings, cookie decorating, and activities and crafts.

The Saint Nicolas exhibition will be open from Tuesday November 28 until Christmas. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm, and Sundays 1 to 4pm. All events are free. For more information, call (301) 777-7200

Christmas Craft activity at Allegany Museum, 2016


“Revolution Song” book signing and reading by the author, Russell Shorto

Allegany Museum is proud to host Russell Shorto reading and signing his latest book, “Revolution Song: A story of American Freedom” 2pm, Saturday December 9.

“Revolution Song” has been praised as “first-rate intellectual history” (Wall Street Journal), “literary alchemy” (Chicago Tribune) and simply “astonishing” (New York Times).

The book takes us back to the founding of the American nation, drawing on diaries, letters and autobiographies to flesh out six lives. They include an African man who freed himself and his family from slavery, a rebellious young woman who abandoned her abusive husband to chart her own course and a certain Mr. Washington, who was admired for his social graces but harshly criticized for his often-disastrous military strategy.

Russell Shorto’s books have been published in fourteen languages and have won numerous awards.  He is a senior scholar at the New Netherland Institute and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine.

Mr. Shorto was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and after spending time living overseas, has now made his home in Cumberland.

You can hear Mr. Shorto interviewed about “Revolution Song” on the Federalist Radio Hour and the NYTBR Podcast. Links to these may be found at For more information, visit our website, or call (301) 777-7200.

Russell Shorto
(by Kek Keukelaar.j)

Entrance to the Museum and to the reading and signing is free. Refreshments will be provided by the Allegany Arts Council.