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Reflections and Dedication

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Reflections and Dedication

The idea for an oral history project initially began as an effort to create an awareness of the unique facility known as the Lonaconing Silk Mill. It was decided that the scope of our work would extend to investigating both the mill and its surrounding community; one could not be separated from the other. Our group hoped the effort would preserve the facility for future generations. In addition, the project would serve as an excellent service learning project, so we willingly volunteered our assistance.

The project rewarded us more than we ever expected. Our group began knowing little about silk production, and none of us even knew the silk mill existed in Lonaconing. After walking through the factory, we were captivated. The mill was a frequent topic of conversation, and we looked forward to learning more from the workers who labored there. Through interviews, we seemed to connect with the workers and their experiences. More questions kept coming; we were hooked. This project allowed us to learn not only about the mill and silk production, but also about the people and unique community known as George's Creek. The interviews gave the mill and community a personality. We became sleuths, and what you will read was the result of many hours of work.

We have been touched by this experience and feel as though we have become part of the mill history. We would like to thank all of the workers whom we have interviewed. This book is dedicated to them and all of their fellow workers. Without their faithful service, our work would have not been possible.

Anne Failing
Chris Jewell
Amber Sallerson
Erin Degyansky

Leona Gowans, secretary at the Lonaconing Silk Mill, reflects on days gone by while visiting the mill with interviewer Amber Sallerson.


Allegany High School, Oral history project

Allegany High School, Cumberland


Collection Location:
Cumberland, Maryland

Original Size:
28 cms x 22 cms

Anne Failing, Erin Degyansky, Chris Jewell, Amber Sallerson, Dan Whetzel and Mike Lewis

Allegany County (Md.), History; Lonaconing, Allegany County (Md.), History; Lonaconing Silk Mill; Silk mills, History.

Allegany County (Md.), 1907-1957

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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