This is the fourth in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder, who with her husband, Josh, are journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition:
We always say the show must go on, but the rain in Cumberland [Maryland] gave us a run for our money. It started pouring a few hours before the event and kept up through the day. One might think that it would affect our turnout; it didn’t. We welcomed a steady stream of guests all day, those who braved the water and wind to see what had rolled into to this lovely Maryland community.
The exhibit was parked right in the middle of the newly revamped Canal Park. A very significant part of the town’s history, we sat right next to canal and in a section where boats used to get worked on. Good thing, since we almost needed canoes to get guests to the doors.
The worst part of the rain came in the morning, while buses of area school groups were trying to make it in for tours. There was even a group that had driven 40 minutes from West Virginia to include us on their field trip. Most of the students were high school classes, a very fun bunch to talk with. A few thought it was pretty cool that the Library now contains the Twitter archives [ed. note: the archive has not yet been transferred to the Library], one little way to remind them that they are each a part of American History or can be. I do hope that after leaving they realize how many resources are at their fingertips from the Library of Congress.
I want to thank the Cumberland community for braving the rain to visit us, we had some great chats and learn how special this town is.
We are leaving the area today with the sun shining and clouds cleared. It’s just one of those things, the unpredictable nature of, well, nature.