From the President's Desk
"Great start!" "Very interesting." "Great addition to our town." "Charming, worth stopping for." "A most interesting project. Think it's an excellent idea." These are some of the comments recorded in the guest book by some of the 1,000! visitors who toured the museum during the Grand Opening during Old Home Week.
The week was a very special, exciting and successful event culminating from four years' of planning since the summer of 1994 and many long, hard hours of work during June and July preceding the opening. Quite a few people have asked and wondered through these years if this point would ever be reached and when. The board of directors felt confident that this part of our goal would be attained but no one knew when it would happen. Patience was the "word of the day".
Again our thanks go to the anonymous donor, our members, the business community and individual contributors to the capital campaign, to all those who provided sweat equity during the summer and to those whose gifts and loans to the museum have supported this undertaking. Thank you for believing in the vision of a museum for the Greencastle-Antrim area.
Where do we go from here? The board of directors will be gathering together at the end of September to develop organizational goals, create planning objectives and implementation strategies and time frames. From this long-range plan we will be better prepared to move into the next millenium in an orderly fashion.
Bonnie A. Shockey
According to the by-laws, the museum's membership year runs from July 1 to June 30. Renewals are accepted through September 30 at which time those who have not renewed will be removed from the active membership list. The privileges and benefits given up will be voting on board members, the bimonthly newsletter and postcard notices about the dinner/speaker meetings.
Enclosed with this newsletter is your 1998-1999 membership card. If your card is not enclosed perhaps you misplaced the July renewal letter and application. For your convenience we have included another membership application for your use. Or if you have already renewed, please feel free to photocopy it and/or pass it on to family members or friends who are not yet members of Allison-Antrim museum. We are a fast growing family.
Your continued support of Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc. is greatly appreciated.
Memberships will be accepted and names added to the active list throughout the membership year.
We have changed our mailing address from a P.O. Box number to the street address. The mailing address is now Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc., 365 South Ridge Avenue, Greencastle, PA 17225-1157. Our phone number is (717) 597-9010.
Also, the entrance to the museum is on the south side of the building facing the Catholic church parking lot. The Ridge Avenue entrance, east side, will be for handi-capable and others needing special assistance.
Corner Cupboard for a set of donated china originally bought at Hostetter's.
Period hanging hall light
Four period floor lamps
Several small-size dress forms
Padded cloth hangers
Calendar of Events
October 8, 1998, 6:30 pm, Gibble's Restaurant, Quarterly meeting and election of board members. Those current board members whose first terms are expiring and will be up for re-election to the board are Shirley Baker, Nan Flaherty, Robert "Red" Pensinger, and Kelly Scott. Nominations will be accepted from the floor that evening. Speaker for the evening will be Doug Bast. He will be speaking on "South Mountain Magic: PA German Superstitions and Folklore".
October 10, 1998, 10 am to 2 pm, the museum will be open to the public. Sandra and Gilson Kendall, Fayetteville, will again join us for a book signing engagement of their book Drummer Boys of the Civil War. Sandra is the GA Middle School librarian who wrote the story and Gilson illustrated the book. The books will be $6.00 and proceeds will benefit the museum.
Hopefully, Ryan Conrad will also be available to present his living history portrayal of a Civil War drummer boy.
In addition, Ted Alexander will be bringing the tour group from the Smithsonian Associates group to view the Smith paintings and other Greencastle-Antrim artifacts housed in the museum.
This date co-insides with the Apple Festival at Tayamentasachta.
November 12, 1998, 6:30 pm, Black Steer Restaurant. The dinner speaker for the evening will be Glen Cump speaking on the life of Henry P. Fletcher, statesman.
Volunteers are needed to be present during open house hours at the museum. The board is considering, for the immediate future, to be open once per month for three to four hours probably on a Saturday. If you are interested in helping in this way, please call the museum at 597-9010 and leave your name and number. Your name will be put on a rotating list of people for two-hour shifts of time.
The museum will also be open by appointment.
The response steadily increases to our website, www.greencastlemuseum.org. Interest has literally come from all over the world, from Texas, Arizona, California and Florida to Hong Kong and Medellin, Columbia to name a few.