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1930s unrest at Celanese plant

In 1918, the Cellulose & Chemical Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (the ‘Celanese’) was opened in Cumberland, Maryland . At times, the plant employed more than 5,000. Most worked about 10 hours a day, six days a week, and earned less than $10 a week.  . Whole...

Magic & Comedy at the Allegany Museum!

Louis Paul, ” Master Magician” will present “Holiday Magic at the Museum”.on Saturday, December 7Two shows @ 10a.m. & 11a.m.Paul is an internationally known, award winning performer who will blend magic, music and comedy plus audience participation for a half hour...

Do we belong to Dixie?

On November 14 1763, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon began surveying the Mason-Dixon line between Maryland and Pennsylvania. The line was established to end a boundary dispute between the British colonies of Maryland and Pennsylvania/Delaware. The most serious...

Arthur & Bernice Friedland Grand Courtroom

Allegany Museum’s beautiful wood-paneled Courtroom was dedicated as the Arthur & Bernice Friedland Grand Courtroom on Sunday, October 13, 2019. A crowd composed of people whose lives had been touched by the Friedlands gathered in the room to hear Bernice speak...

Devonian and Pleistocene Fossils at the Allegany Museum

The Devonian Era marked the beginning of life on land, but the Cumberland region sat under water. It was probably part of a coral reef! Devonian fossil deposits lie just a few miles from the museum, along the bike and train route linking Cumberland with...

Grand Courtroom at Allegany Museum to be dedicated to Friedlands

Allegany Museum is the largest neo-Classical revival style building in Western Maryland, and is renowned for its gorgeous Grand Courtroom. The Court Room is used for weddings and other celebrations, and, of course, the Museum’s annual Whiskey Rebellion Fest. The...

Allegany Museum receives important local collection

Albert Feldstein, local historian and author recently donated a great deal of campaign memorabilia including many campaign buttons to Allegany Museum. The items cover both local and statewide elections.  While Mr. Feldstein is also donating to several larger...

Western Maryland Goes to War

On Thursday, Sept. 26, Allegany Museum will host a military display and preview an upcoming ABL Room, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, and honor US Army Sergeant Major Dennis Preston from Mount Savage. This event will open Western Maryland Goes to War, a tribute to...

One of the best antique vehicle collections in the USA

The Thrasher Carriage collection is a rare and extensive collection of horse-drawn vehicles dating to the late 1800s and early 1900s. The collection includes everything from milkman carts to luxurious sleighs used by the Vanderbilt family; from funeral hearses to the...

Celanese in Cumberland

The 1920s were big years for new manufacturing in Cumberland. As well as the opening of the Kelly-Springfield tire plant in 1921, the first spool of acetate yarn was spun in America at the newly built plant in Cumberland, Maryland on Christmas Day, 1924. The local...