Museum closes over Easter weekend

Allegany Museum will be closed for the Easter weekend – Good Friday and Easter Saturday. We will open again as usual on Tuesday April 18.
We wish you and your family a wonderful Easter.
(BTW, we are looking for volunteers to greet and chat with visitors to the Museum. Please email manager@alleganymuseum.org if you are interested!)

Winners drawn for The Way We Worked competition

Three lucky visitors to the Way We Worked exhibitions in Allegany County Museums have won Kindle Fire tablets.

Kelly Sydow, Membership Chair of the Williams Museum in Westernport, drew the winning ‘time cards’ at a meeting of the Allegany County Heritage Committee.

Members of the Heritage Committee mounted exhibitions of aspects of industry and labor in Allegany County between 1877 and 2017. These included the importation of Spanish workers to the Luke Paper Mill, the glass industry in Cumberland, ‘downstairs’ work life, working for the WPA, and canal and coal workers.

Allegany Museum hosted the Smithsonian ‘The Way We Worked’ travelling exhibit, as well as providing displays relating to the development of railroad work from B&O to todays’ CSX, the workers’ struggle for their rights at the Celanese Corporation, and the history of local labor organizations. The Smithsonian exhibition has now moved on to Chestertown.

The three Kindle winners will be notified this week.

We are planting a garden on our roof!

Thanks to a state grant, Allegany Museum is installing a GreenGrid roof.
The greenery will reduce heating and cooling bills, as well as reducing CO emissions.
Another benefit – enhancing the cityscape.
Look for it as you drive the I68 – as a passenger, of course.
The pic below shows the greenery arriving, with Hite Roofing in charge of installation.

Students and parents learn about local labor and sports history

Students in Washington Middle School’s After School Program and their parents enjoyed Allegany Museum’s The Way We Worked local exhibition, and stories about Kelly Springfield and Lefty Grove as part of M-SAFE Parent’s Night Program on March 30th.

Allegany Museum displayed panels that tell the story of workers in Allegany County 1877- 2017 through the Railroad, the Celanese Corp. and local labor unions and the Cumberland Labor Day parades along with historic artifacts from the businesses.

Ms. Meagan McElfish, the coordinator of the M-SAFE program, introduced the noted speakers, Lee Fiedler, former President of Kelly Tire and mayor of Cumberland, and Bucky Shriver, local historian and chairman of the Lefty Grove Memorial Fund.

Mr. Fiedler’s talk focused on the changes in jobs from past to present and how fast-paced changes in technology are going to change the way jobs are done even more quickly in the future.  He encouraged the students to be willing to adjust to the changes.

Mr. Shriver brought along the maquette of the statue of Lefty Grove that will soon be erected in Lonaconing.  He told stories about Lefty Grove’s career, and said “It’s exciting to think a kid from fifteen miles down the road succeeded the way he did. He had an uncommon desire to win and that’s what it takes.  This is to help you think about where they were, where you are, and where you think you want to be in the future.”

To enhance the academic opportunities, Allegany College student interns prepared lesson plans and had displays about a variety of local business from the past, including those highlighted by the Museum. The students could see and touch the various items and ask questions.

Mrs. Shawnee McElfish, the school’s guidance counselor and supporter of the program, felt that this was an opportunity for the students to “re-tool their way of thinking”.  A parent commented that it was wonderful for the students to have the opportunity to see and learn about people who have lived in and done so much in our communities.

Meagan McElfish, Lee Fieldler, and Bucky Schriver with Lefty Grove statue marquette

Play colonial tavern games!

The Whiskey Rebellion Fest, Friday June 9 at Allegany Museum, will feature Ryan Cuba and his team of costumed historical interpreters who interact with guests about colonial America and its taverns.
Guests will play a variety of colonial tavern games, such as draughts (checkers) and a board game called The Royall and Pleasant Game of Goose (pictured).
Cuba’s team will also wander through the Whiskey Rebellion Celebration at Canal Place, starting noon Saturday June 10, and talk with with guests and their children about colonial America.
Cub and his troupe have featured at historical sites such as Ft. Frederick State Park and Old Bedford Village.
Ryan Cuba is pictured below with Brooke McElfish.

The Whiskey Rebellion Celebration expands to Canal Place!

Whiskey Painting is just one of the many attractions planned for the weekend of June 9, 10, and 11 in Cumberland, Western Maryland.

Cumberland is celebrating its history as the site of George Washington’s first and last military commands.

The only time a sitting President has lead troops into the field, and the last time he led troops – was when President Washington rode to Cumberland to put down the Whiskey Rebellion.  To commemorate these events and other local history, Cumberland is holding a Heritage Whiskey Rebellion weekend, June 9-11 2017.

The Whiskey Rebellion Fest kicks off a weekend of ‘history served with a twist’. On Saturday June 10, historic Canal Place will host reenactments of scenes from Cumberland’s history by the Embassy Theatre, and authors and academics will provide seminars on local history. The Kegs and Corks tent will serve beer and wine, local and out-of-town food trucks will provide ethnic foods, the Cumberland Theater troupe will perform extracts from Hamilton, children will be able to build Fort Cumberland models and listen to Cumberland stories, a ‘green screen’ will enable visitors to have their photos taken in virtual history scenes, and bands will entertain into the evening. Visitors will watch a Whiskey Painting demonstration by Brent Nelson (see one of his paintings below), and have the opportunity to ‘fire’ at a ‘rebel’.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, visitors can enjoy hundreds of attractions at Heritage Days on historic Washington Street, including food, crafts, and entertainment, with attractions for the kids.

Allegany Museum’s second Whiskey Rebellion Fest will take place on Friday evening, June 9. Guests will enjoy tastings of whiskey and other spirits from a dozen high-end distillers, including Maker’s Mark. As well as the tastings, the event offers live music, historic re-enactments, a colonial ‘pub’ room providing authentic colonial games, an exhibition of historic whiskey bottles, jugs, and ephemera, photos with ‘President Washington’, canapés, and presentations of cigar/whiskey pairings.

Tickets to the Fest are $50 (pre-purchase), or $75 at the door. Tickets are available through the Whiskey Rebellion Cumberland Facebook page, or through Eventbrite.

It’s a big weekend. Book your accommodation and your tickets now.

General Braddock and his senior Aide, George Washington, at Fort Cumberland.

Mountain Queen, by Brent Nelson

Teachers learn about Museum workers

Allegany Museum hosted educators from a variety of grade levels and content areas on Thursday, March 9, 2017 as part of the Chamber of Commerce ACES (Americans for Competitive Enterprise System) Program.

The participants, who are teachers of varied grade levels, learned about how a non-profit operates, and how the business operates in relation to the other museums, libraries and experts in the community.

The program also covered professional careers available in museums. Speakers shared their career paths as well as their knowledge and expertise with the teachers.

The teachers and hosting businesses will have the opportunity to meet again on Monday May 15th to participate in a collaborative presentation of the educators’ ACES experience and to celebrate their graduation.

Teachers and presenters at ACES class, Allegany Museum

See the history of your work life at Allegany Museum

Have you had a job?
Check.
A job (or two) in Allegany County?
Check.
Then you will be fascinated by Allegany Museum’s exploration of our working lives from 1877 to 2017, which is on display alongside the Smithsonian travelling exhibition The Way We Worked.
Experience the development of safe workplaces, compensation for work related death and injury, how workers gained reasonable hours of work, and the rights to freedom of association, and collective bargaining through three dioramas:
B&O and the Great Strike of 1877
Labor Day marches and the development of local labor unions
The Celanese Corp and the struggle for union representation
The Smithsonian traces the same time period, including all aspects of work across America.
Open Tuesday- Saturday 10 to 4, and Sundays 1-4.
All free!

Vale Fred Dobbs

It is with sincere regret that we mark the passing of Fred Dobbs, a long-time volunteer at Allegany Museum.
Fred unexpectedly passed away at home in February.
He was a loyal and hard-working Museum volunteer, who worked 50 shifts in 2016, and won Volunteer of the Year for several years running.
We could not operate without volunteers, and we appreciate them all very much.
For information about volunteering, email manager@alleganymuseum.org.

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Whisky Rebellion Fest ~ June 9, 6-10pm

Tickets are now available for the Whiskey Rebellion Fest, June 9 6 to 10 pm, in the Grand Ballroom. The Fest was a sell-out in 2016.

For details and to secure your ticket, click here.

Also in 2017, the first floor will be restored and the Crossroads of America permanent exhibit installed.