Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Ravenscroft, Teacher of the Year

Allegany Museum would like to congratulate, Dr Matthew Ravenscroft, teacher at Mountain Ridge School, who was selected as the 2017-2018 Allegany County Teacher of the Year.

We would also like to express our gratitude for his assistance with our recent The Way We Worked exhibition.  Matthew was the advisor to the students who put together the interviews with local people about their memories of working life in Allegany County. The interviews were a popular part of the exhibition, and a valuable way to preserve our history.

The Maryland State Teachers of the Year recently visited the Museum as part of their tour of the historical locations in the area. The tour was led by the Executive Director of Partnerships for the State Department of Education, Darla F. Strouse, Ed. D.

They were greeted by Vic Rezendes, Museum Vice President and Clara Procello of the Museum Education Committee. Lee Fiedler, retired President of Kelly-Springfield Tires, talked with them about the Kelly-Springfield collection.

Maryland’s teachers of the Year for 2017 visit Allegany Museum

Allegany Museum will present a one-of-a-kind journey into our Cumberland origins

Allegany Museum will present ‘Cumberland: Secrets of our history’, a series of presentations by local historians and an archeologist, during the Whiskey Rebellion Celebration and Heritage Days on Saturday June 10 2017. Entrance is free, and all presentations will be held on the Museum second floor, 3 Pershing St Cumberland.

At 11 am, local archeologist Suzanne L. Smith Trussel unearths Cumberland’s history from colonial times on. She will tell the story of the Mexico Farms Archaeology Project which centers on an early 19th century farmstead approximately four miles south of Cumberland.  Colonial-era artifacts were uncovered at the deepest levels.  Tracing the development of Mexico Farms highlights the shifts in land ownership, farming, ethnicities, and commercial access of Allegany County residents from the earliest days of European settlement to the 20th century.

Lynn Bowman, author of three books about local African American history, will present the previously ignored history of the life of African Americans in the taverns around early Cumberland at 12 noon. Lynn is an associate professor at Allegany College of Maryland. Presently, she is assisting the Gates Family with programming development for the Jane Gates Heritage House, which is expected to open in late 2019.

At 1 pm, Cumberland is electrified! Andrew Sparber is a community based museum curator who assists in building exhibits at the Allegany Museum, and helps many locals to preserve their old family films.  He has a keen interest in researching and writing about the introduction of technology into Allegany County, and will present the surprising history of how Allegany County became electrified.

Albert Feldstein presents the history of Cumberland through antique postcards at 2 pm.  Al has published over 40 books, websites, videotapes, DVDs and posters pertaining to regional and national history. Two of his posters were accepted for exhibit and sale at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and the National Civil Rights Museum. He will share his extensive and unique collection of historic postcards which tell the intriguing tale of the City of Cumberland.

For more information, contact pr@alleganymuseum.org.

Lynn Bowman with Allegany College students

Mexico Farms farmhouse site

Community Trust Foundation is the naming rights sponsor for this year’s Whiskey Rebellion Celebration

The Community Trust Foundation supports our area’s rich historical heritage, and has become the naming rights sponsor of the Allegany Museum’s signature event, the Whiskey Rebellion Festival.

CTF Board Chair, Marion Leonard said that “The Community Trust Foundation is proud to partner with the Allegany Museum to celebrate George Washington’s role in the history of Cumberland and other local history. The Community Trust Foundation has offered its support of the Cumberland Whiskey Rebellion Festival as a way to support our rich cultural heritage.”

In its inaugural year, the Whiskey Rebellion Festival at Allegany Museum and supporting events at Canal Place attracted hundreds of visitors. This year, the Friday June 9 evening whiskey tasting and historical festival at the Allegany Museum will accommodate even more visitors with two floors of historical re-enactments and entertainment.

The Whiskey Rebellion Celebration on Saturday June 10 from noon to 6 is bigger and better, with a lineup of entertainers, historic reenactments, excerpts from the Broadway hit Hamilton, Fort Cumberland activities for children, food trucks, paintball and the First People’s Corks and Kegs wine and beer tent.

All events at the Whiskey Rebellion Celebration on Saturday June 10 are free. Tickets for the Whiskey Rebellion Fest at Allegany Museum on Friday June 9 are $50 each, ($75 at the door) and available through whiskeyrebllioncumberland.com, the Whiskey Rebellion Cumberland Facebook page, and from book stores in Cumberland and Frostburg.

The event was created by Allegany Museum to encourage civic pride, and create economic growth by driving tourism to the city. It also is an important fundraising event for the Museum.

More sponsors are needed. Opportunities for sponsorship will close on May 5 – please contact the chair of the Festival committee, Joe Caporale at jcaporale@alleganyradio.com or call 301-697-7990.

The Community Trust Foundation is of the community, by the community, and for the community.  To find out how you can contribute to a fund or establish your own fund contact the Foundation at info@ctfinc.org or call 301-876-9172.

Whiskey Rebellion Celebration entertainment lineup released

The Whiskey Rebellion Celebration, from 12 noon to 6 pm, Saturday June 10, will provide family-friendly entertainment, following the adult-only Whiskey Rebellion Fest (brought to you by the Community Trust Foundation) on Friday evening, June 9 at Allegany Museum.

The Canal Place forecourt will be alive with music, theatre, historic re-enactments, games, food trucks and children’s activities!

On stage entertainment starts at 12 noon. The Embassy Theatre opens the festivities with scenes from our colonial history, followed at 1pm by the Night Traveler band, a duo of Cumberland-based musicians. The Hancock Civil War String Band comes on at 2.30, and will take you on a musical tour of history with voice, accordion, banjo, guitars, fiddles and string bass.

At 4 pm, Grammy Nominated Singer/Songwriter and National Recording Artist Ray Owen will entertain with classic American songs and humor.

The Cumberland Theater will perform extracts from the Broadway hit Hamilton at 5 pm. The Virginia Regiment will also be performing during the afternoon.

Fort Cumberland kids activities, the First People’s Corks and Kegs beer and wine tent, food trucks, games, traditional crafts, re-enactments and other amusements will accompany the entertainment on stage.

The First Virginia Regiment in action

Allegany Museum is coordinating the weekend Festival which commemorates the history of George Washington’s times in Cumberland. The only time a sitting president has led troops in the field was when Washington addressed the troops at Fort Cumberland at the start of their battle against the Whiskey Rebels. Washington also began his military career in Cumberland as a Colonel in the French and Indian War.
For more information please contact manager@alleganymuseum.org, call (301) 777-7200, or visit whiskeyrebellioncumberland.org.

Hancock Civil War String Band

 

Exhibition of illuminated works by Mary Barkman Gallion and Dorothy Simmons

Pages from exquisitely written and illustrated texts will be on display at the Allegany Museum from May 9 to June 4.
Dorothy Simmons, who was a well-known calligrapher in Allegany County, illustrated The Gardened Hills, a set of poetic sketches by Mary Barkman Gallion.
In the style of mediaeval religious manuscripts, Dorothy illuminated the poems with decorated letters in Old English and German calligraphy, and placed small illustrations among the text. (Dorothy unfortunately passed on a few years ago.)
Mary Barkman Gallion grew up in the Bernardsville Hills in New Jersey. She composed the poems about the lush gardens in the area as it was from the 1940s to the 1960s. Mary also curated this exhibition.
For more information, please call the Museum on 301-777-7200 or visit www.alleganymuseum.org
Pictured are Dorothy Simmons, and a text example

Maryland Tax Credit of 25% for your donation before June 2017

Are you considering making a financial gift to the Allegany Museum Endowment in 2017?

If you are planning on giving, we encourage you to  apply for tax credits. These tax credits are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and may run out before June, 2017!. So, time is of the essence.

For gifts of $500 or more, you can receive a Maryland Tax Credit of 25% for your donation to: CTF/Allegany Museum Endowed Fund.

There are many reasons to become an Allegany Museum Founder:

  • We are the premier collector, repository, and presenter of our region’s rich history.
  • We are the stewards of some 50,000 artifacts & documents, representing 12,000 years of local history.
  • We are a highly respected institution of life-long learning (from young children to retirees).
  • We are an economic driver, a destination for regional and national heritage tourists.
  • Sufficiently-sized endowments generate income- necessary to provide steady funding for Museum operations.
  • As the Museum grows and adds important exhibits, it reduces the amount of tenant revenue available to us.
  • We obtain no government funding for operations. Although the State and Federal governments are generous regarding our capital projects, our operations and programming are privately funded.
  • A gift to the Endowment is a gift of permanence.

If you are interested in these tax credits, please send an email right away to founders@alleganymuseum.org . The process is quick and simple. Please don’t delay.

At levels below $500 that do not qualify for tax credits, just make your check out to
Allegany Museum Endowment,
3 Pershing St., Cumberland, MD 21502.
Or visit http://alleganymuseummd.org/endowment/

Visitors from Estonia are shown the Museum by Vic Rezendes, Vice President

Museum closes over Easter weekend

Allegany Museum will be closed for the Easter weekend – Good Friday and Easter Saturday. We will open again as usual on Tuesday April 18.
We wish you and your family a wonderful Easter.
(BTW, we are looking for volunteers to greet and chat with visitors to the Museum. Please email manager@alleganymuseum.org if you are interested!)

Winners drawn for The Way We Worked competition

Three lucky visitors to the Way We Worked exhibitions in Allegany County Museums have won Kindle Fire tablets.

Kelly Sydow, Membership Chair of the Williams Museum in Westernport, drew the winning ‘time cards’ at a meeting of the Allegany County Heritage Committee.

Members of the Heritage Committee mounted exhibitions of aspects of industry and labor in Allegany County between 1877 and 2017. These included the importation of Spanish workers to the Luke Paper Mill, the glass industry in Cumberland, ‘downstairs’ work life, working for the WPA, and canal and coal workers.

Allegany Museum hosted the Smithsonian ‘The Way We Worked’ travelling exhibit, as well as providing displays relating to the development of railroad work from B&O to todays’ CSX, the workers’ struggle for their rights at the Celanese Corporation, and the history of local labor organizations. The Smithsonian exhibition has now moved on to Chestertown.

The three Kindle winners will be notified this week.

We are planting a garden on our roof!

Thanks to a state grant, Allegany Museum is installing a GreenGrid roof.
The greenery will reduce heating and cooling bills, as well as reducing CO emissions.
Another benefit – enhancing the cityscape.
Look for it as you drive the I68 – as a passenger, of course.
The pic below shows the greenery arriving, with Hite Roofing in charge of installation.

Students and parents learn about local labor and sports history

Students in Washington Middle School’s After School Program and their parents enjoyed Allegany Museum’s The Way We Worked local exhibition, and stories about Kelly Springfield and Lefty Grove as part of M-SAFE Parent’s Night Program on March 30th.

Allegany Museum displayed panels that tell the story of workers in Allegany County 1877- 2017 through the Railroad, the Celanese Corp. and local labor unions and the Cumberland Labor Day parades along with historic artifacts from the businesses.

Ms. Meagan McElfish, the coordinator of the M-SAFE program, introduced the noted speakers, Lee Fiedler, former President of Kelly Tire and mayor of Cumberland, and Bucky Shriver, local historian and chairman of the Lefty Grove Memorial Fund.

Mr. Fiedler’s talk focused on the changes in jobs from past to present and how fast-paced changes in technology are going to change the way jobs are done even more quickly in the future.  He encouraged the students to be willing to adjust to the changes.

Mr. Shriver brought along the maquette of the statue of Lefty Grove that will soon be erected in Lonaconing.  He told stories about Lefty Grove’s career, and said “It’s exciting to think a kid from fifteen miles down the road succeeded the way he did. He had an uncommon desire to win and that’s what it takes.  This is to help you think about where they were, where you are, and where you think you want to be in the future.”

To enhance the academic opportunities, Allegany College student interns prepared lesson plans and had displays about a variety of local business from the past, including those highlighted by the Museum. The students could see and touch the various items and ask questions.

Mrs. Shawnee McElfish, the school’s guidance counselor and supporter of the program, felt that this was an opportunity for the students to “re-tool their way of thinking”.  A parent commented that it was wonderful for the students to have the opportunity to see and learn about people who have lived in and done so much in our communities.

Meagan McElfish, Lee Fieldler, and Bucky Schriver with Lefty Grove statue marquette