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Allison-Antrim Museum to have regular hours

Other changes include a new site manager and structural completion of barn restoration

Other changes include a new site manager and structural completion of barn restoration

November 08, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Changes coming for Allison-Antrim Museum in Greencastle include a new site manager, regular hours of operation and structural completion of the barn restoration project.

The museum will now be open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as the second Sunday of most months. David Dick, of Chambersburg, has been hired and will be on-site during the week through funds from the PathStone organization.

Museum officials are gearing up to start the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning portion of a project that involved dismantling and rebuilding a mid-19th-century German bank barn on-site.

"We're almost ready to have a final inspection by Pennsylvania Code for the architectural and structural part," said Bonnie Shockey, museum board president.

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Shockey said she perceived a clear need to expand the museum's hours. She described Dick as a "people person" who takes on tasks without being asked.

New children's programs are being developed, according to Shockey. Donations of archaeological finds from the Donald Berkebile estate will be used to create searching opportunities for children.

"We're going to use them in a program for children where they'll pretend they're archaeologists," Shockey said.

Shockey hopes the slumping economy renews interest in the museum, especially for Greencastle-Antrim teachers and students. She said she hopes teachers take their students to the museum, rather than pay for buses and bus drivers for other field trips.

"They're right across the street from us, within walking distance," she said.

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