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Cumberland, Maryland (Introduction)

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Development which then made the project feasible. The grant was given to the city because much of the material that follows will be of immense help to Cumberland in its future development programs. When Mr. Patterson retired in the late summer of 1977, Mr. Jerry Goodwin took over the Community Development Program Office, giving the same unqualified support to the project. Throughout, Mr. Michael Stegmaier supervised the project and handled all the day-to-day difficulties and questions which arose. Finally, and one simply cannot name them all, the entire staff of the City of Cumberland helped all of us and especially Mr. Miller in our task. We and all who use the material in this work are deeply indebted to all of these people for their support.

Since Mr. Miller did not wish to be taped as in most oral history projects, another methodology had to be worked out. As Project Director, I sat down with Herman J. Miller and we decided upon the subjects we should cover. Our final agreement amounted to twenty-two subjects dealing with Cumberland's history. I met with Mr. Miller and submitted a set of questions to him on each subject. Mr. Miller then wrote out answers to the questions. We then had another meeting with Ms. Jan Sawyers, our typist, and went over with Mr. Miller his answers to the questions. Ms. Sawyers then typed a rough draft of the answers and submitted them to me. I edited the rough draft, being very careful to leave the copy in Herman Miller's own words as far as was possible. The copy was then returned to Ms. Sawyers for typing. She did an outstanding job. Without her help and diligent work, the project could have become bogged down endlessly.


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

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

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