Do you remember dancing?

Allegany Museum will be the new host of ‘Dancing with the Local Stars’ in 2018. We hope it will be a successful fundraiser for the Museum – enough to keep the lights on for one year, perhaps?
As well as the actual event, we would like to have a partner exhibition that focuses on the history of dancing in our local area- schools, ballrooms, teachers, ballerinas, etc, etc. 
We would like you to contribute your memories, and loan your photos, artifacts (tap shoes anyone?) and so on for an exhibition.
Please contact

(Photo from Whilbr – Western Maryland’s Historical Library)

Carver High School dance band 1954

Mountain Ridge receives high tech equipment through Allegany Museum collaboration

Mountain Ridge High School has received approximately $1700 worth of some state-of-the-art tech equipment through their collaboration with the Western Maryland Heritage Association.

During February- March 2017, the Western Maryland Heritage Association partnered with a Smithsonian Travelling exhibition, Maryland Humanities, and the Allegany library system, to present the exhibition The Way We Worked. Six Allegany County museums and historic sites traced the history of work in Allegany County through exhibits that focused on local work and working life at each location.

Allegany Museum secured a grant for the purchase of audio-visual equipment to support to student participation in creating the exhibition. The Museum’s series of dioramas illustrating changes in workers’ lives as they took place in Cumberland from 1877 on were enhanced by the audio-visual records produced by Mountain Ridge High School students.

Matt Ravenscroft, teacher of Historical Research Methods, commented that “the equipment will have an unbelievable impact on our productions for many years to come. It will greatly impact the look and sound, and make it much more professional.”

The accompanying photo shows (left to right) Mr. Ravenscroft with Mr. Gene Morgan, Principal Mountain Ridge, student researchers Morgan Edwards and Callie Heft, Mr. Vic Rezendes, Allegany Museum Vice President and Mr. Gary Bartik, Museum President, with the delivery of the tech equipment to Mountain Ridge.

More information is available by calling 301-777-7200, emailing manager@, on our website at, or our Facebook page.

The Whiskey Rebellion Festival will not overlook sweet-tooths!

At the 2017 Allegany Museum Whiskey Rebellion Fest, Friday June 9, 6 to 11 pm at the Allegany Museum, brought to you by the Community Trust Foundation, visitors can sample whiskey, moonshine, rum, and gin from 12 small batch distillers and the producers of Maker’s Mark, and purchase bottles of their favorites to take home.

Two additions to this year’s Fest will also cater to those who like a little sugar in their lives!

Guests will enjoy brown sugar and bourbon ice-cream brought to the Fest by the Queen City Creamery, as well as the canapes provided by Good Carma Catering.

Basecamp Coffee Co. has created special coffee ‘cocktails’ that they will make to order at the Fest. They will also be offering regular coffee made from beans roasted at their micro roastery.

Basecamp Coffee Co. coffee and coffee ‘cocktails’ will also feature at the Allegany Museum Whiskey Rebellion Celebration, noon to 6 pm Saturday June 10, at Canal Place.

Hayden Ort-Ulm with his coffee roaster

For more information, contact, go to or call the Museum on (301) 777-7200.

Allegany Museum recognized for education of local teachers

The Allegany Museum received formal recognition of the work of the Education Committee in presenting educational sessions for participants in the County Chamber of Commerce and Allegany County Public Schools 2017 ACES Program. ‘ACES’ is the Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System Business and Education Partnership Program.

Clara Procello of the Education Committee, and Daryl Smith, Development Director for Allegany Museum received a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the Museum at the Graduation Celebration ceremony on May 15, 2017 at the Cumberland Country Club.

From left to right: Dr David Cox, Superintendent, Allegany County Board of Education, Clara Procello, Education Committee, Allegany Museum, Daryl Smith, Development Director Allegany Museum, and Debra Langan, Chairperson, Board of Directors, Allegany County Chamber of Commerce


Fort Cumberland Kids’ Activities planned for Whiskey Rebellion Celebration June 10

For the very first time, the Allegany Museum Whiskey Rebellion Festival, brought to you in 2017 by the Community Trust Foundation, will be offering children’s activities at the Whiskey Rebellion Celebration, Canal Place 12 noon to 6 pm, Saturday June 10. The Celebration is the family event that will follow the adults-only Whiskey Rebellion Fest at Allegany Museum, 6 to 11 Friday June 9.

The kids’ activities, provided by the Allegany Museum Education Committee, will focus on the history of Fort Cumberland, and George Washington’s times at the Fort.

The First Virginia Regiment, who will be performing during the afternoon, will station themselves near the children’s area. They will provide some wooden guns for children to ‘drill’ with, and talk about the history of their regiment with the kids.

Children will be given a ‘Footprints of Washington in Cumberland’ map which they can use to trace Washington’s movements with their families or on tours that will originate from the children’s tent at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Suzanne Trussell, local archaeologist and museum specialist, will lead the walking history tours that will leave from the children’s area.  Children will receive a Tour Passport to Fun which they can turn in when completed to receive a special reward.

A scale model of Fort Cumberland will be displayed near the children’s tent. In the tent, kids will be able to build forts from Lincoln Logs, and color historical pictures and complete word puzzles and searches in a specially printed souvenir booklet. They will also be given a Fort Cumberland cardboard Model Bastion to build.  When completed, the model will look like one of the bastions of Fort Cumberland, and have cannons, soldiers, and George Washington on horseback, all in color.

Just next to the children’s tent, interactive re-enactor Melissa Clark will teach children about how our pioneer ancestors did candle dipping by guiding them to make their own candle to take home.

All of these activities are free. While the children are enjoying themselves, their parents will be able to enjoy the entertainment on stage, beginning at noon with historic sketches from the Embassy Theatre, and closing at 5 with the Cumberland Theater’s excerpts from the Broadway hit, Hamilton.

Food, drink, and other amusements, such as a green screen so you can be photographed ‘in’ historical scenes, will fill the Canal Place grounds with fun.

For more information, contact, call 301-777-7200, or visit the Whiskey Rebellion Cumberland website at

Reagan McKay points out some of the many details in the Ft Cumberland model that will be on display at the Whiskey Rebellion Celebration

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

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, 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 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 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, call (301) 777-7200, or visit

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
Pictured are Dorothy Simmons, and a text example