Great news for Allegany Museum’s supporters

This limited program, the Community Investment Tax Credit Program – 2018, provides a 50% Maryland tax credit incentive for donors to give in the $500 to $1,500 range.

The resulting donations will be used by the Museum to build its institutional capacity for educational programming, development, and volunteer growth.

*The available tax credits are limited, and will be utilized on a first come – first served basis, until they are committed.*

The tax credits are offered to encourage new donors to start, small donors to grow bigger, and one-time donors become sustaining donors.

Here is how it works, using the example of a $500 donor:

  • The donor is a Maryland taxpayer (individual or business)
  • The donor makes a $500 donation to the Allegany Museum in early 2018. That charitable donation triggers a 50% tax credit on the donor’s Maryland 2018 tax bill. A $500 donation triggers a $250 tax credit…that is, a $250 reduction in Maryland tax liability. That 50% tax credit is in addition to any charitable gift deductions for which the donor qualifies.
  • So, the Museum gets a $500 donation, and the ultimate out-of-pocket cost for the donor is less than half that, less than $250! That is a cost-effective way to make history.

Please call or email Daryl Smith, Museum Development Director right away. Don’t postpone your gift…prolong its impact. / mobile 301.707.4856

Harry I. Stegmaier Jr’s B & O Railroad collection at Allegany Museum

In 2017, Allegany Museum was honored to receive Harry I. Stegmaier Jr’s B & O Railroad collection.
Mr. Stegmaier was a local historian, and perhaps best known for the invaluable book, ‘Allegany County-a History’ of which he was one of the four authors.
He had a great interest in our area, and in railroad history. He authored the Baltimore & Ohio Passenger Service, 1945-1971, in two 2 volumes.
You may view some of his collection of china from B & O dining cars on the second floor of the Museum, at 3 Pershing St Cumberland MD.
The Museum is currently closed until mid-March, when it will reopen with hours of 10-4 Tuesdays to Saturdays, and 1-4 on Sundays.
Admission is free, but donations are always gratefully accepted. A $3 donation per adult is suggested.


Nationally known George Washington “living biographer” Carl Closs to visit the 2018 Whiskey Rebellion festival

After 224 years, America’s first President will return to celebrate his attendance at Fort Cumberland when he led the successful rout of the scoundrels who rebelled against his government’s tax on liquor.

The George Washington’s Whiskey Rebellion Festival’s organizers have secured nationally known George Washington “living biographer” Carl Closs to visit the 2018 event in June.

Mr. Closss is a serious scholar and lively speaker who delights audiences with little-known, instructive and entertaining Washington facts. Ask him anything, and ‘George’ will be delighted to give you a well-researched and entertaining answer!

Follow these posts as we finalize George’s schedule.

Fun with St Nicolas for Children’s League

Allegany Museum provided a fun after school program for children involved with the Cumberland Children’s League.
The event, held December 13, provided a visit to the Museum’s exhibits, with particular emphasis on the history of St Nicolas display.
The children participated in Christmas related activities, and enjoyed delicious snacks and drinks.

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

 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 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.