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Greencastle, Pa., museum has day of fame on Internet

January 02, 2001

Greencastle, Pa., museum has day of fame on Internet



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Allison-Antrim Museum in Greencastle, Pa., gained a day of worldwide recognition Tuesday when it was the featured museum on the Museum of the World's Web site.

The result was more hits on the local museum's Web site Tuesday than ever before, said Bonnie Shockey, president of the 170-member museum.

As of 5 p.m. the museum's Web site had received nearly 40 hits. On some days, Shockey said, she doesn't think the site gets any hits.

Shockey said she was notified late last year that the Museum of the World headquartered in Duesseldorf, Germany, wanted to list Allison-Antrim on its worldwide Web site and that it would be featured as the museum of the day at some point. The listing is free and is done randomly around the world.

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The museum received an e-mail Saturday from Duesseldorf noting that it would be featured as the museum of the day Tuesday. "We were told to update our personal Web site to get ready for it," Shockey said.

All day Tuesday whenever anyone in the world clicked onto the Museum of the World's Web site they saw a picture of the 1860, two-story brick home at 365 S. Ridge St., Greencastle, Pa., that has been home to the Allison-Antrim Museum since Aug. 1, 1998, Shockey said.

It provided a direct link to the museum's Web site and gave it immediate worldwide publicity, Shockey said.

The museum received another honor last month, albeit a local one, when its members learned that it probably will be chosen as the official image on the badge of the 2001 Old Home Week celebration, Greencastle's week-long celebration that has been held every three years since 1902.

"That's pretty much assured," Shockey said.

The museum houses a growing collection of local, Franklin County, Pennsylvania and U.S. artifacts and exhibits. Among them is a significant and growing collection of the signatures of the 98 men who have served Pennsylvania as governors dating to the 1600s.

It also has 15 original paintings by Walter Washington Smith, a nationally recognized black artist who grew up and received his early education in Greencastle. He owned an art studio on West Baltimore Street.

The museum's e-mail address is aamuseumatgreencastlemuseum.org. Its Web site is www.greencastlemuseum.org.

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