Endowment Fund donations now being accepted with PayPal!

PayPal is now available for donations to the Allegany Museum’s Endowment Fund! Fundraising-Thermometer_WEB


What is the Allegany Museum? It’s a place that tells a story. A story of the United States, our local community, and YOU. From special exhibitions to permanent collections, the Museum reflects our shared history in this unique slice of Maryland.

The rich history of Allegany County can be found right here. We have so much to be proud of – and you have the opportunity to help preserve our past while investing in our future.

We need your help to continue to tell our story. With your support, we can achieve our goals of gaining accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and becoming an official Smithsonian Affiliate. Reaching these goals will enable us to bring even more high-quality exhibitions such as “Hometown Teams” to our community.

The timing couldn’t be better. Since the Allegany Museum open at 3 Pershing Street in 2010, local tourism has increased 17%, resulting in a $32 million economic stimulus to our local economy. The Museum has played and continues to play a large role in this growth, and all of this work has been done by our generous volunteers.

To take the next step of becoming a major attraction in our growing Heritage Tourism industry, we are establishing an Endowment Fund to hire professional staff. This, in turn, will qualify the Allegany Museum to apply for American Alliance of Museums accreditation, which will then enable us to apply to become a Smithsonian Institute Affiliate. This means more high-quality exhibitions and presentations for our community, all straight from the resources of the prominent Smithsonian Institution.

How can you help? Our goal is to raise $2 million by the year 2020 and your generous support is vital to our continued growth and success. Please consider supporting our mission and, in turn, investing in our community. Help us preserve and grow our shared history!

Devoted community volunteer, Tom Shaffer, honored

Allegany Museum and the Hometown Teams exhibition were proud to host State’s Comptroller Peter Franchot this week to honor a remarkable local man, Tom Shaffer.
Mr. Franchot awarded Tom with the Allegany County William Donald Schaefer Award for his devoted service to our community.
The Comptroller also honored us when he said ‘Allegany Museumfranchot schaffer 2 is a gem’.

In photo, from left, Sen. George Edwards, Adrienne Ottaviani, Peter Franchot, Al Feldstein, Tom Shaffer, Bill Valentine

Lefty Grove project gets a bonus from State’s Comptroller Peter Franchot

The Comptroller of the State of Maryland, Peter Franchot, toured the Hometown Teams exhibition at Allegany Museum on Wednesday June 24, and met with the team which is raising funds to raise a statue to commemorate one of the area’s greatest sons, the legendary pitcher Lefty Grove.

Mr. Franchot, who was at the Museum to present the Allegany County William Donald Schaefer Award to volunteer Tom Shaffer, viewed the Lefty grove exhibits on display and was so impressed with the work of the project team that he made a personal donation in support of the construction of the statue.

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Front row, left to right: Vic Rezendes,Vice President Allegany Museum Len Foxwell,Comptroller’s Chief of Staff

Second row, left to right: Cas Taylor, former Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, Peter Franchot, Bucky Schriver, Lefty Grove project

Third row, left to right: Greg Getty, Gary Bartik, President Allegany Museum, Al Feldstein.


Coach of the Community named

(Left to right)  Senator George Edwards; Gary Bartik, President Allegany Museum, Vic Rezendes, Vice President Administration for Allegany Museum; Coach Scott Bauer; Al Feldstein.

(Left to right)
Senator George Edwards; Gary Bartik, President Allegany Museum, Vic Rezendes, Vice President Administration for Allegany Museum; Coach Scott Bauer; Al Feldstein.

Scott Bauer was named Coach of the Community by Senator George Edwards at an award ceremony at the Allegany Museum last Sunday, during the Hometown Teams Exhibition.

The Coach of the Community contest is a part of the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibition which opened last weekend at the Museum. Young people in the communities which the Hometown Teams exhibition visits are asked to submit a nomination for the coach who has had the most positive influence on their lives. Cameron Bratton, a member of the Allegany Campers ball team, nominated Coach Bauer who received a plaque and 25 t-shirts for his team.

Coach Bauer also has a chance to be chosen as the grand prizewinner for the contest that includes the five Maryland communities that the exhibition visits.  The grand-prize winner will receive a trip to the 2015 Army-Navy game in Philadelphia.

The Hometown Teams exhibition is open through July 18 at Allegany Museum, Pershing St Cumberland. For more information, go to alleganymuseummd.org

Coach of our Community contest winner to be announced Sunday June 14

Senator Edwards will present the Smithsonian/Maryland Humanities Council ‘Coach of the Community’ award 1.00 pm this Sunday at the Allegany Museum.

The Coach of the Community contest is part of the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibition which opened last weekend at the Museum. One winner will be chosen for each of the Hometown Teams host sites (Allegany Museum is one of five Maryland exhibition locations) and the grand-prize winner will receive a trip to the 2015 Army-Navy game in Philadelphia.

The Allegany County Coach of the Community will be presented with an award and a set of team t-shirts.

Cumberland and the Tri-state area have benefited from excellent coaches of baseball, football, marbles, alpine skiing, softball – you name it! The public was encouraged to nominate their favorite local coach by completing the phrase “My coach is my hometown hero because…”

All local sports enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the presentation.

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Contribute to our history through your sports’ photos

Do you have photos of sports (teams, supporters, venues, etc) in historic Cumberland?

Allegany Museum is displaying a Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibition, and along with the Smithsonian exhibits we have displays such as the ball that Babe Ruth hit out of the Cumberland Colts ballpark, and the soapbox racer that won the 1949 Greene St derby. We would love to see your photos and the stories around them. Email to collections@alleganymuseum.org, marked ‘sports photos’.kelly tire softball

Make your mark on local history: the Allegany Museum Photo Story project

Which Allegany Museum displays inspire you? Enliven memories? Next time you visit, take a photo and send it with your story to collections@alleganymuseum.org, with ‘photostory’ as the header

What is a ‘story’? It can be as simple as a caption with a few words about what caught your eye. Or you can take it further and share memories, stories, and legends that relate to your photo.

The best photos and stories will be posted on our Facebook page and displayed in the Museum. Contributors will receive invitations to a special Museum event.

(Allegany Museum reserves the right to edit and/or reuse photos and stories submitted)caution

Community effort to erect a bronze statue of Hall of Fame Major League Baseball pitcher “Lefty” Grove

Allegany Museum is assisting in the effort to erect a bronze statue of Hall of Fame Major League Baseball pitcher “Lefty” Grove in his hometown. Robert Moses “Lefty” Grove was born in Lonaconing, Allegany County, in 1900.

Lefty was a six-time All Star and played on two World Series championship teams and in  1931, he was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player.  He was elected to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1947.

Lefty’s Most Valuable Player trophy is permanently housed at the library in Lonaconing, and Allegany Museum is proud to exhibit his glove and a signed ball during the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibition, from May 30 to July 18 2015.

Donations to the Lefty Grove Statue fund may be sent to Community Trust Foundation, Lefty Grove Fund, 71 Baltimore St.,  Cumberland.


Hometown Teams List of Exhibits & Locations

Hometown Teams List of Exhibits & Locations

Allegany Museum, 9 Pershing St Cumberland. www.alleganymuseum.org

Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit along with the 1930s’ Cumberland baseball stadium where Babe Ruth and Lefty Grove played, the story of our Special Olympian gold-medalist, and highlights of the career of longtime sports reporter Jiggs Burns.

Allegany College of Maryland, Willowbrook Rd, Cumberland. www.allegany.edu

Sports memorabilia, photos, and video of sports in College history

Allegany County Library, 76 Main St, Lonaconing. www.alleganycountylibrary.info

Focus on the career of famous pitcher Robert Moses “Lefty” Grove, born in Lonaconing. Book readings and talks by local athletes

William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, 104 Washington St, Cumberland.  


Exhibition of marbles and sports-themed paintings and sculptures; demonstration competition by local marble champions on game mats by artist Greg Malloy; display of history of Marble King factory.

Frostburg Museum, 69 Hill St, Frostburg. www.frostburgmuseum.org

Photographs, memorabilia and video documentary of Beall High School sports

Frostburg State University, 101 Braddock Road, Frostburg. www.frostburg.edu

An exhibition about players who are part of the college’s Hall of Fame.

Gordon Roberts House, 218 Washington St, Cumberland


Exhibition of cheerleader, drill team, and music marching band uniforms and other artifacts

Mountain City Traditional Arts, 25 E. Main Street, Frostburg. 


Exhibition featuring roller derby, track and field, and cross country; scrapbooking and quilting workshops using sports jerseys and uniforms

May 30 through July 18 2015

Hometown Teams is a part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and The Maryland Humanities Council. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

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