Help Preserve Our History while Investing in the Future

What is the Allegany Museum? It’s a place that tells a story. A story of the United States, our local community, and YOU. From special exhibitions to permanent collections, the Museum reflects our shared history in this unique slice of Maryland.

The rich history of Allegany County can be found right here. We have so much to be proud of – and you have the opportunity to help preserve our past while investing in our future.

We need your help to continue to tell our story. With your support, we can achieve our goals of gaining accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and becoming an official Smithsonian Affiliate. Reaching these goals will enable us to bring even more high-quality exhibitions such as “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” to our community.

The timing couldn’t be better. Since the Allegany Museum open at 3 Pershing Street in 2010, local tourism has increased 17%, resulting in a $32 million economic stimulus to our local economy. The Museum has played and continues to play a large role in this growth, and all of this work has been done by our generous volunteers.

To take the next step toward becoming a major attraction in our growing Heritage Tourism industry, we are establishing an Endowment Fund to hire professional staff. This, in turn, will qualify the Allegany Museum to apply for the American Alliance of Museums accreditation, which will then enable us to apply to become a Smithsonian Institute Affiliate. This means more high-quality exhibitions and presentations for our community, all straight from the resources of the prominent Smithsonian Institution.

How can you help? Our goal is to raise $2 million by the year 2020 and your generous support is vital to our continued growth and success. Please consider supporting our mission and, in turn, investing in our community. Help us preserve and grow our shared history!