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

 

“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 www.alleganymuseum.org. 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. Books will be available for purchase at the event, or you may purchase the book at the Book Center, 15 N Centre St Cumberland.
Refreshments will be provided by the Allegany Arts Council.

Glass paperweight exhibit

A glass paperweight display has commenced in the Allegany Museum Board Room.

The display includes pedestal paperweights (aka mantel ornaments),  paperweight perfume bottles, Millifiore paperweights,  Millville Frit paperweights, and art studio paperweights.
The display may be viewed Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 to 4, and Sundays 1 to 4, at the Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing St Cumberland 21502.
Entrance is free.

1905 Studebaker horse drawn wagon now in Crossroads of America exhibition space

Another unique exhibit has joined the Conestoga wagon on the first floor of Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing St Cumberland.

The Carl Belt crew and museum staff have carefully maneuvered a 1905 Studebaker Brothers driving wagon through the doors and into place on the National Road display.

It will play an important role in Crossroads of America, the permanent exhibition that will take up most of the newly restored first floor area.

The 1905 Studebaker was one of the last horse drawn vehicles manufactured by the manufacturer that was based in South Bend, Indiana.

Studebaker entered the automotive business in 1902 with electric vehicles and in 1904 with gasoline vehicles.

The Studebaker wagon has been meticulously restored, as you can see in the photo below.

You can sneak a peek in the elevator waiting area, and then go up to visit the permanent exhibitions on the second floor, which include displays dedicated to local manufacturing giants such as Kelly Springfield, the Oster Toy collection which includes 90 transportation-related toys dating to the early 20th century, and much more.

We are open Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 4, and Sundays 1 to 4.

Exciting installation on the first floor of Allegany Museum

The first floor restoration at Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing St Cumberland is almost complete, and now an important exhibit – a genuine Conestoga wagon – has been installed.

The renovation at the Museum began a few months ago when Carl Belt Construction tore down acoustic tiles to uncover the vaulted ceiling and beautiful molding, took out the partitions, and ripped up the carpet that was hiding the marble floors. The gorgeous 1930s Post Office interior was revealed!

The current phase is the mounting of Crossroads of America, the permanent exhibition that traces this history of the National Road that will take up most of the first floor area.

The Conestoga is just one of the vehicles that will be displayed.

It took a very large flatbed to transport, and then a crane to lift it. There were some anxious moments when the Conestoga was eased through the Museum’s front door – but it made it, and now stands proudly in place, awaiting the other vehicles and static and dynamic displays.

The exhibition tells the story of the National Road, from ancient times when Native American tribes walked the trail, through Washington’s adventures, and to modern vehicular traffic.

The Crossroads of America will provide a permanent record of this important part of America’s history, for both local residents and tourists to enjoy.

<Images: The Conestoga is lifted from the flatbed; The Conestoga is guided carefully through the Museum’s front doors>

Yoga in the Ballroom!

Courtney McKay

Stretch out the stress and relax, ready for anything the afternoon may throw at you.

Courtney McKay will lead lunchtime yoga sessions in the grand ballroom second floor, Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing St Cumberland, starting in August.

The sessions are times to give you time to get to the Museum and change without a rush.

All classes will be very gentle – no one wants to go back to work sweaty and gross!

Everyone who comes should bring their own mat and/or towel and some water. (We want everyone to stay nice and hydrated).

Sessions will run from 12:15 to 12.45 every Tuesday, from August first.

This is a FREE event, but donations to the Museum will be gladly accepted.

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 manager@alleganymuseum.org
Thanks!!

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

Carver High School dance band 1954