Joe Maphis, ‘King of Strings’ to be honored this May

The Mountain Maryland Hall of Fame has chosen Cumberland’s Joe Maphis as its very first inductee.
Maphis was one of the flashiest country guitarists of the 1950s and 60s, and was known as The King of the Strings. He and his wife Rose Lee became known as Mr. and Mrs. Country Music.
Joe moved to Cumberland in 1926 at age 5 when his father landed a job with the B&O Railroad. Joe’s first band was the Maryland Rail Splitters. He also played in the local (Cumberland) Foggy Mountain Boys.
The induction program for Joe Maphis will take place at the Allegany Museum Saturday evening, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. Special performers are Brian Lonbeck of Bakersfield, Calif. and Thom Bresh (son of Merle Travis). The museum holds about 300 so tickets, which will go fast.

The Museum will also be mounting a special Joe Mathis exhibit.

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Museum closed until April

The Allegany Museum will be closed for several months from January 1 until April 2016.

The grand old building, now the location of the Allegany Museum, was built in 1929. It is in the Federal ‘neo-classic’ style, and featured marble floors and a grand atrium on the first floor. These beautiful features will be uncovered and restored during renovation work that will start early in the new year.

The first floor will have exhibition areas for previously unseen collections of artifacts from Allegany County history. The existing exhibits on the second floor will also be revamped.

We are excited about the great development for the Museum and for Allegany County!

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Postcard featuring the Allegany Museum in its days as a Federal building.

Whiskey Rebellion Commemoration June 2016

IF YOU LIKE YOUR HISTORY SERVED WITH A TWIST – JOIN THE REBELLION

Weekend of Boutique Whiskeys, craft beer, high-end cigars, and George Washington

The only time a sitting President lead troops into the field was when President Washington rode to Western Maryland and Pennsylvania to put down the Whiskey Rebellion.  The sortie began at Fort Cumberland. To commemorate this event and other local history, Allegany Museum in Cumberland is hosting a Whiskey Rebellion Celebration in June 2016.

The event will open Friday evening, June 10, 6:00 pm with a Whiskey Rebellion Fest, featuring tastings from eight distillers, including Maker’s Mark.  Tickets to the Bash are $50 ($75 at the door), which includes tastings, a souvenir shot glass, one drink at the cash bar, tavern games, photo with ‘President Washington’, canapés, and music by Grand Ole Ditch.  Guests will have access to a presentation of cigar/whiskey pairings.

On Saturday, the Rebellion Beer Garden will serve craft brews from noon to 5:pm. Guests will also have the opportunity to win museum quality brewing collectibles. Admission to Saturday’s Beer Garden is free. The US Army Drum and Fife Corps will provide musical entertainment.

Actors portraying the young Washington as commander of troops and reenactments of other scenes from our colonial history presented by the Embassy Theatre, will pop up at all locations, and there will be chances to interact with amusements popular in mid-18th century colonial Maryland.

As well, the hundreds of attractions at the nearby Heritage Days walk will provide food, crafts, and entertainment, with attractions for the kids.  And, if that is not enough, visitors will also be able to stroll amongst the artists competing in downtown Cumberland in the annual Allegany Arts Council Plein Air competition.

It’s a big weekend. Book your accommodation and your tickets to the Friday evening Fest now.

Allegany Museum

3 Pershing Street Cumberland, MD 21502

(301) 777-7200

www.AlleganyMuseum.org

The Whiskey Rebellion Harrisburg, Pennsylvania -- October 3, 1794 In September 1791 the western counties of Pennsylvania broke out in rebellion against a federal excise tax on the distillation of whiskey. After local and federal officials were attacked, President Washington and his advisors decided to send troops to pacify the region. It was further decided that militia troops, rather than regulars, would be sent. On August 14, 1792, under the provisions of the newly-enacted militia law, Secretary of War Henry Knox called upon the governors of Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania for 12,950 troops as a test of the President's power to enforce the law. Numerous problems, both political and logistical, had to be overcome and by October, 1794 the militiamen were on the march. The New Jersey units marched from Trenton to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. There they were reviewed by their Commander-in-Chief, President George Washington, accompanied by Secretary of the Treasury and Revolutionary war veteran Alexander Hamilton. By the time the troops reached Pittsburgh, the rebellion had subsided, and western Pennsylvania was quickly pacified. This first use of the Militia Law of 1792 set a precedence for the use of the militia to "execute the laws of the union, (and) suppress insurrections". New Jersey was the only state to immediately fulfill their levy of troops to the exact number required by the President. This proud tradition of service to state and nation is carried on today by the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard.

The Whiskey Rebellion
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — October 3, 1794
In September 1791 the western counties of Pennsylvania broke out in rebellion against a federal excise tax on the distillation of whiskey. After local and federal officials were attacked, President Washington and his advisors decided to send troops to pacify the region. It was further decided that militia troops, rather than regulars, would be sent. On August 14, 1792, under the provisions of the newly-enacted militia law, Secretary of War Henry Knox called upon the governors of Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania for 12,950 troops as a test of the President’s power to enforce the law. Numerous problems, both political and logistical, had to be overcome and by October, 1794 the militiamen were on the march. The New Jersey units marched from Trenton to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. There they were reviewed by their Commander-in-Chief, President George Washington, accompanied by Secretary of the Treasury and Revolutionary war veteran Alexander Hamilton. By the time the troops reached Pittsburgh, the rebellion had subsided, and western Pennsylvania was quickly pacified. This first use of the Militia Law of 1792 set a precedence for the use of the militia to “execute the laws of the union, (and) suppress insurrections”. New Jersey was the only state to immediately fulfill their levy of troops to the exact number required by the President. This proud tradition of service to state and nation is carried on today by the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard.

Campaign to name Kelly Springfield rooms opens

Lee Fiedler has kicked off the . Mr. Fiedler’s name, and those of all who contribute, will be listed at the entrance of the Kelly Rooms.

During the 1990s, Lee Fiedler was the president and CEO of the Kelly Springfield Tire Company. In 2000, the year following his retirement from Kelly-Springfield, Fiedler was elected Mayor of Cumberland. In 2001, Mr. Fielder was inducted into the Tire Industry Association Hall of Fame.

People who pledge a minimum of $100 will have their names, or the names of someone they wish to honor, on permanent display. Pledges should be made as soon as possible, and may be paid in installments from 2015 to 2020.

Mr. Fiedler visited the Museum Fiedler check presentationwith Kelly Community members Lloyd and Patricia Christner and Dave Pyles, to present their pledges. Mr Fiedler urges all who value the preservation of our local history to make a pledge.

Contact the Museum at (301) 777-7200, or email info@alleganymuseum.org

<photo, from from left to right: Lloyd Christner, Patricia Christner, Julianne Ferris (Chairman of Endowment committee), Lee Fiedler, Dave Pyles>

Do you have an angel?

Do you have an angel?
12195989_1084452271567655_5635911048720668194_nPerhaps a collection of angels (lucky you!)?
Allegany Museum will display the Christmas angels from their archived collection, and angels loaned by the community over the Holiday Season.
The display will be unveiled with the annual downtown tree lighting on Friday, November 27th, 2015. Most of the display will be in the grand court room.
Please contact the Museum as soon as possible to ensure that your angels can shine with ours.

(Image with thanks to Adell)

WMHS to have naming rights over a portion of the Allegany Museum

October 23 2015

Mr. Barry Ronan, CEO of the Western Maryland Health System, recently presented the Allegany Museum Endowment fund with a check for $25,000.00 to support the growth of the Museum.

WHMS will in return have naming rights to a portion of the Museum’s 2nd floor hallway. Allegany Museum will be expanding into the 1st floor of the building at 3 Pershing St next spring. As a result, exhibitions will be expanded, and through the WMHS contribution, a tribute exhibition of health related artifacts from the Sacred Heart and Memorial Hospitals, as well as other facilities, will be mounted.

Contributors to the Endowment Fund will be rewarded with naming rights to portions of the Museum and its exhibits, including the honor of naming the Museum itself. The development of the Museum is part of the push towards becoming an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Being named as part of the Smithsonian will boost the economic development of Cumberland through attracting more visits by out-of-towners.

For more information, please call (301) 777-7200, or email info@alleganymuseum.org

WMHS Check Presentation

From left to right: Dan McMullan, Museum Advisory Board, Julie Ferris, Chair of the Endowment Fund, Barry Ronan, President & CEO WMHS, Cas Taylor, Museum Advisory Board

Calling: Kelly Springfield memorabilia!

This young lady is in the Allegany Museum – but until now has been hiding from view.
This is about to change!
She, her friends, and other memorabilia will emerge on October 22 for the endowment reception to honor former employees and their families of the Cumberland Kelly Springfield Tire and Rubber Corporation, and Lee Feidler, former president and CEO.
The Museum Board and Advisors would like to invite you to consider providing memorabilia relating to the company’s time in Cumberland for a temporary display.
To loan an item or items for temporary display from October 22 to 26, contact Marie Kujenga, Collections Manager, collections@alleganymuseum.org by Friday October 2.
She cannot consider items that are offered less than 14 days before the Reception.

The Museum has a number of items now in storage that will be exhibited along with those on loan, and we do not wish to duplicate items we already hold. Although we are grateful for your interest, we do NOT need newspaper clippings, key chains, and other small corporate gifts such as tie clips, pins, matchbooks and clocks.

We also have a good collection of ashtrays, although if you have ashtrays dating from the 1960s or 70s, we would be interested in displaying them. All items should, of course, be in good condition.

 

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Kelly Springfield Tire & Rubber Corporation Endowment Reception

The Allegany Museum’s Boards of Directors and Advisors would like to invite former employees and families of employees to an Endowment Reception, honoring Mr. Lee N. Fiedler, former President and Chief Executive Officer, and the Cumberland Community of Kelly Springfield Tire & Rubber Corporation.

The reception will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:00-9:00 pm, in the Grand Ballroom, Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing Street Cumberland, MD.

Refreshments and entertainment will be provided.

Spaces are limited and interest is high, and we therefore must receive notice of your intention to attend by October 19, 2015. Please reply (with numbers) to Emily Thomas – 301-777-7200/ founders@alleganymuseum.orgImage with thanks to "Kelly Springfield Tire Company Logo" by Source (WP:NFCC#4). Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kelly_Springfield_Tire_Company_Logo.png#/media/File:Kelly_Springfield_Tire_Company_Logo.png

(Image with thanks to “Kelly Springfield Tire Company Logo” by Source (WP:NFCC#4). Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kelly_Springfield_Tire_Company_Logo.png#/media/File:Kelly_Springfield_Tire_Company_Logo.png)

Allegany Museum presents the Todd Peenstra antiques appraisal roadshow

Do you enjoy Antique Road Shows?

Ever wonder if that heirloom could make your fortune?

Come to Allegany Museum Cumberland, and see an appraisal roadshow by Todd Peenstra, as seen on “Appraisal Roadshow”.

Furniture, glass, porcelain, paintings, art work, sculptures, bronzes, silver, coins, toys, documents, rugs, and textiles (photos of large pieces)-basically anything inside of your home. Sorry, no stamps.

Bring your valuables, or just enjoy the show!

Appraisals only $5.00 per item – come early as Todd only has time for a limited number of appraisals.

Sunday September 13 at Allegany Museum:  arrive by 12.45 for 1.00 pm start.

email info@alleganymuseum.org

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