Special exhibitions

Past Special Exhibitions

Hometown Teams (May- July 2015)

Allegany Museum partnered with the Maryland State Humanities Council and the Smithsonian to mount a six-week exhibition called ‘Hometown Teams’ of the history of sports in Allegany County. The exhibition ran from May 30 to mid-July 2015, and featured:

  • The Smithsonian sports exhibits,
  • A special exhibit on local baseball legend Lefty Grove,
  • Allegany County’s representatives at the Special Olympics,
  • The 1931 Cumberland Colts,
  • A baseball that Babe Ruth hit out of the local stadium
  • The soap box derby car that won a national championship
Civil War (March 2012)

During the Civil War, our region’s population was divided in its loyalty. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and to profile its impact on the Allegany region, the museum created displays focusing on local hospitals, the role of cavalry troops, and life at nearby camps and forts. The exhibition included authentic Civil War objects along with photos and historical maps. A number of special children’s programs by age group are available for teachers.

Boy Scouts (February 2012)

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Scouting, the museum presented scouting memorabilia and photographs documenting the history of the troops in our area, Scout involvement in community service, and the evolution of Scout uniforms. One of the first acts of the local Scout troop was carrying out a sanitation survey in 1913, during the worst typhoid fever epidemic in our nation’s history. The survey of over 1,200 households is stored at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

St. Patrick’s Day Flood (March 2011)

The March 17, 1936, St. Patrick’s Day Flood was one of the worst floods the recorded in the history of the mid-Atlantic Regions. Rivers and tributaries stretching from Pittsburg, PA to Point of Rocks, MD, swollen with spring snowmelt, suddenly flooded towns and cities. In Cumberland alone, floodwaters displaced 1,200 families and caused approximately $3 million in damage. First-hand accounts from flood survivors, documentary films, photos and artifact showed the impact the flood had on our community and how the flood spurred the Army Corp of Engineer’s flood control projects of the 1950s.

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