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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...

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...

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...

“Union Local Calls Strike At Tire Plant”

August 24 marks the day 83 years ago when the Cumberland Evening Times headlines read “Union Local Calls Strike At Tire Plant”. The strike at the Kelly-Springfield Tire plant was resolved a few days later when the company agreed to negotiate with the...

Allegany Museum exhibit honors Cumberland’s firefighting heroes

Allegany Museum has a comprehensive firefighting collection, including artifacts, equipment, photographs, and a narrative of the story of fire fighting in Cumberland. In 1872, Cumberland installed its first municipal water system, including fire plugs and water mains....