Allison-Antrim Museum closer to having a home

March 19, 1998


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A museum for residents of Greencastle and surrounding Antrim Township could become a reality by the time Old Home Week rolls around this summer, according to two of the museum's board members.

Bonnie Shockey and Robert "Red" Pensinger said this week that the $200,000 gift the museum board received earlier this year ensures that a building will be bought to house the museum and its collections.

Shockey, 51, said the board has been looking at buildings and made a tentative offer on one. She said she hopes the deal can be closed by the end of April.


Pensinger, 65, a retired local insurance agent who spends much of his time on museum activities, said the board is looking for a building that will be of historic significance to the community, most likely an older home.

Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc. was founded three-and-a-half years ago. Pensinger was an early organizer.

The museum gained tax-exempt status in 1997 and launched a general membership campaign the same year.

Shockey said the museum has more than 100 members and is run by a 13-member board of directors that meets regularly and has a monthly speaking program.

Last fall, the museum accepted its first major acquisition - a collection of 15 original paintings by Walter W. Smith, a well-known black artist whose work has hung in galleries in Paris, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis and the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington, D.C. Smith died in the 1950s, Shockey said.

The museum will also acquire a grand piano once owned by Philip Baer, a Greencastle concert pianist who toured the world.

Baer founded Greencastle's triennial Old Home Week celebrations in 1902, Pensinger said. The piano will be delivered when the museum has a permanent home.

"Once we get a building, we will be able to develop a collection of artifacts that are important to Greencastle and Antrim Township. A lot of people say they have items to donate," Shockey said. The museum opened its capital campaign earlier this month with the goal of raising $150,000 to maintain the museum building once it is acquired and established. So far, Shockey said, the campaign has brought in more than $11,000.

Those wishing to become museum members or make a donation can call Shockey at 1-717-597-9325. Information is also available at (

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