Cumberland, Maryland (Introduction)
What follows in these pages is not a history of the City of Cumberland. Maryland. Rather, it is a resource, drawn from the recollections, the memories, the collection of scrapbooks, the photographs of a remarkable man, Herman J. Miller of Cumberland, Maryland. He, more than anyone else, knows the history of this city. He has lived here all of his life, and served on the Cumberland Fire Department until his retirement. Throughout his life, he has organized superb scrapbooks and collected other mementos and paraphernalia dealing with the City of Cumberland. Above all, however, Herman J. Miller's memory of Cumberland was our greatest asset in this project. It is clear, vivid, well-documented, and when need be, he does his research well.
The concept of an oral history project dealing with Cumberland Maryland based on Herman Miller and his resources came to then Coordinator of the Community Development Program Office, Mr. Charles L. Patterson. He and Michael Stegmaier, of the same office, felt that the city must tap Mr. Miller’s knowledge of Cumberland and put it on permanent record. They consulted me about the project and, after several meetings with Herman J. Miller in the late fall of 1976, the groundwork of the task was laid. Mr. Patterson and Mr. Michael Stegmaier labored diligently to obtain funding for the project. With the full support of the Mayor, F. Perry Smith, Jr., and the City Council, a grant was finally obtained through the Department of Housing and Urban
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976