After 224 years, America’s first President will return to Cumberland!

Allegany Museum has secured nationally known George Washington “living biographer” Carl Closs to visit the 2018 George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Festival, brought to you by the Community Trust Foundation. The Fest, a gala event held at the Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing Street, Cumberland opens Friday June 8, 6.00 to 10pm.

We celebrate that Cumberland was the place where George Washington led troops at the beginning and at the close of his military career.

When President Washington rode into Cumberland to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion, it was the only time a sitting President has lead troops into the field.  In 1794, Washington rallied militias at Fort Cumberland, which led to the successful rout of the ‘scoundrels’ who rebelled against his government’s tax on liquor, known as the Whiskey Rebellion.

Mr. Closs is a serious scholar and lively speaker who delights audiences with little-known, instructive and entertaining Washington facts. Ask him anything, and ‘George’ will be delighted to give you a well-researched and entertaining answer!

Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know ‘George’, and have your photo taken with him. Also at the Fest, you can play live Colonial games, and sample small batch whiskies and other spirits, sample craft beers, and enjoy the open beer and wine bar. Of course, all of this will be accompanied by continuous servings of the delicious canapes that the Fest has become known for. Take home a bag of goodies, and get home safely with Sober Rides.

Irresistible – and all money raised helps the Allegany Museum keep its doors open.

Tickets are available through the ‘book now’ buttons at www.whiskeyrebellioncumberland.org, and on the Whiskey Rebellion Cumberland Facebook page. You can also purchase them at the Book Center, Centre St Cumberland, or Main Street Books in Frostburg. Tickets are $50 per person ($75 at the door).

Welcome Whistlepigs!

Whistlepig Distillery in Vermont will be joining more than a dozen other distillers and two distributors at the 2018 George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Fest, brought to you by the Community Trust Foundation.

Whistlepig produces true farm-to-bottle whiskey. The owners grow rye on the farm where the distillery is located, age their rye whiskey in barrels made from their own oak trees, and finish it with water from their own well.

The distillery’s name derives from Mauve and Mortimer, whistlepigs (aka ‘groundhogs’) who used to live on the farm. Mauve became ‘Matron of the Brand’ and Mortimer was immortalized in the 2014 Boss Hog release – ‘The Spirit of Mortimer’.

Whistlepig produces several ryes. Rye Crop 001 marries the richness of their best five to six-year ryes, topped off with the splendor of the 12 Year whiskey. Old World Cask Finish is aged 12 years, and the Robb Report called it the ‘best of the best’.

Make sure to visit their tasting table at the George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Fest, brought to you by the Community Trust Foundation, Friday June 8, 6-10 pm, at the Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing St Cumberland.

Tickets include whiskey tastings from more than a dozen small batch distillers, an open beer and wine bar, craft beer tastings, great food, colonial pub games, a visit from George Washington, and much more.
Tickets are available through the ‘order tickets ’buttons at www.whiskeyrebellioncumberland.com, and on the Whiskey Rebellion Facebook page. You can also purchase them at the Book Center, Centre St Cumberland, or Main Street Books in Frostburg. Tickets are $50 per person ($75 at the door) and include the Fest’s renowned and delicious canapes and an open beer and wine bar.

Mountain Ridge students display the history of fake news at Allegany Museum

Allegany Museum will host an exhibition of ‘Fake News’ by Mountain Ridge High School students from Thursday, April 5, 2018, through Friday April 20.

The students researched fake news in science, pop culture, and political history, and produced exhibits that illustrate their findings. The students have incorporated QR Codes on their exhibits. When visitors use the code they will be linked to a video created by the students to provide behind the scenes information.

Exhibits will include a modern “fake news test” developed by students from a compilation of various sources, and examples of fake news through history. The exhibition will be open during the Museum’s usual opening hours, Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 to 4, and Sundays 1 to 4.

Dr. Matthew Ravenscroft, teacher and advisor at Mountain Ridge, is leading the project for students from U.S. History classes and Historical Research Methods classes.

Prior to the opening day, the students will present their completed exhibits to Social Studies Supervisors from throughout Maryland at an MSDE Briefing hosted by Allegany County Public Schools at the Allegany Museum.  Mr. Russell Shorto, a nationally-known local author, historian, and writer, will deliver opening remarks at that event.

After the exhibit closes, information and links to the student exhibits will be available on the Museum website.

For more information, please call the Museum on 301-777-7200.

Queen City Hotel chandeliers donated by Mark E. Carder

These chandeliers once hung in the Queen City Hotel. They are approximately 3 foot in diameter, and 4 ft. high. As you can see from the photo (below) they are in need of some TLC and new glasses before we can put them on display.
They were kindly donated to the Allegany Museum by Mark E. Carder, a long-time supporter of the Museum..
We don’t have any photos of the interior of the Queen City Hotel. We would love to see one in which the chandeliers are visible.
Do you have such a photo that you would share with us?
Please email pr@alleganymuseum.org if you do!

Great news for Allegany Museum’s supporters

This limited program, the Community Investment Tax Credit Program – 2018, provides a 50% Maryland tax credit incentive for donors to give in the $500 to $1,500 range.

The resulting donations will be used by the Museum to build its institutional capacity for educational programming, development, and volunteer growth.

*The available tax credits are limited, and will be utilized on a first come – first served basis, until they are committed.*

The tax credits are offered to encourage new donors to start, small donors to grow bigger, and one-time donors become sustaining donors.

Here is how it works, using the example of a $500 donor:

  • The donor is a Maryland taxpayer (individual or business)
  • The donor makes a $500 donation to the Allegany Museum in early 2018. That charitable donation triggers a 50% tax credit on the donor’s Maryland 2018 tax bill. A $500 donation triggers a $250 tax credit…that is, a $250 reduction in Maryland tax liability. That 50% tax credit is in addition to any charitable gift deductions for which the donor qualifies.
  • So, the Museum gets a $500 donation, and the ultimate out-of-pocket cost for the donor is less than half that, less than $250! That is a cost-effective way to make history.

Please call or email Daryl Smith, Museum Development Director right away. Don’t postpone your gift…prolong its impact.

development@alleganymuseum.org / mobile 301.707.4856

Harry I. Stegmaier Jr’s B & O Railroad collection at Allegany Museum

In 2017, Allegany Museum was honored to receive Harry I. Stegmaier Jr’s B & O Railroad collection.
Mr. Stegmaier was a local historian, and perhaps best known for the invaluable book, ‘Allegany County-a History’ of which he was one of the four authors.
He had a great interest in our area, and in railroad history. He authored the Baltimore & Ohio Passenger Service, 1945-1971, in two 2 volumes.
You may view some of his collection of china from B & O dining cars on the second floor of the Museum, at 3 Pershing St Cumberland MD.
The Museum is currently closed until mid-March, when it will reopen with hours of 10-4 Tuesdays to Saturdays, and 1-4 on Sundays.
Admission is free, but donations are always gratefully accepted. A $3 donation per adult is suggested.

 

Nationally known George Washington “living biographer” Carl Closs to visit the 2018 Whiskey Rebellion festival

After 224 years, America’s first President will return to celebrate his attendance at Fort Cumberland when he led the successful rout of the scoundrels who rebelled against his government’s tax on liquor.

The George Washington’s Whiskey Rebellion Festival’s organizers have secured nationally known George Washington “living biographer” Carl Closs to visit the 2018 event in June.

Mr. Closss is a serious scholar and lively speaker who delights audiences with little-known, instructive and entertaining Washington facts. Ask him anything, and ‘George’ will be delighted to give you a well-researched and entertaining answer!

Follow these posts as we finalize George’s schedule.

Fun with St Nicolas for Children’s League

Allegany Museum provided a fun after school program for children involved with the Cumberland Children’s League.
The event, held December 13, provided a visit to the Museum’s exhibits, with particular emphasis on the history of St Nicolas display.
The children participated in Christmas related activities, and enjoyed delicious snacks and drinks.

Allegany Museum given postal booth to round out first floor renovation

Michael and Kimber Liller recently donated a vintage postal booth to Allegany Museum. The Lillers have been avid collectors of antiques and memorabilia which until recently they displayed in their home. When they downsized, they offered their vintage postal booth for sale among other items.

Museum Board Secretary, Jerry Robinette, noticed the booth among the sale items, and told the Lillers about the Allegany Museum’s renovation of the first floor of the Museum at 3 Pershing St. The 1933 building housed a post office on the first floor, and the second floor housed a federal courthouse. The postal booth dated from the days of the Pershing Street post office.

The Lillers decided to forgo the money they could have made from selling the postal booth, and instead donated it to the Museum.

Mrs. Liller says that she is glad that it will now be part of the Allegany Museum, “where it can be appreciated, protected, and generations can enjoy it”.

The booth is now installed on the first floor, and when the Crossroads of America exhibition is installed in early 2018, it will be used by volunteers to welcome and assist visitors, and to collect donations.

Donations to the museum are always welcome, particularly funds to support our day-to-day expenses.

Please call (301) 777-7200 or visit http://alleganymuseummd.org/get-involved/.

 Kimber & Michael Liller in front of the vintage postal booth in Allegany Museum

 

 

 

 

 

The postal booth is loaded for transport to the Museum

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