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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.
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>
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.
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.
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(Photo from Whilbr – Western Maryland’s Historical Library)
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@ alleganymuseum.org, on our website at Alleganymuseum.org, or our Facebook page.
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.
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.
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.
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.