Allison Antrim Museum Remembers September 11

Allison Antrim Museum Remembers September 11

September 11, 2021 marks the 2oth anniversary of the attack of the World Trade Center.

Allison-Antrim Museum is hosting Remembering September 11th to honor the memory of 2,977 victims – the heroes and the innocents, who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

No student today, K-12, has memories of September 11, 2001. Their connection to 9/11 is the aftermath, through which they have lived every day. All they know about September 11, 2001, is what they read in books or about what they hear their family members talk.

The exhibit displays the artwork created by GAHS students, in September 2001 and one year later in 2002. The teenagers’ art pieces are intense and insightful, with the raw feelings that reflect and say what everyone felt. These students are now 36 to 38 years of age. Introducing the exhibit is a special donation to Allison Antrim Museume’s September 11 collection – a 9-11-01 red, metal Port Authority recovery project sign, which was used in World Trade Center 6, Level B-4.

Also, included in the exhibition are three large archival scrapbooks of newspaper articles from the 10 years that chronicle the timeline of events beginning September 11, 2001, through August 2011. The Front pages from some local, state, and national newspapers are, also, exhibited. Among the books on the events of September 11, that that visitors may peruse, is Portraits, a compilation of the daily New York Times’ Portraits of Grief column, published until all the September 11 victims were recognized. A photograph and 200-word essay that captures the essence of each person was the Times’ way of honoring each victim and allowing the world to put a face and meaning with each life – they are no longer just a number between one and three thousand.

Framed prints of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms – Freedom of Speech and Worship and Freedom from Want and Fear, purchased by AAMI in 2002, are displayed. The original Rockwell canvasses, which toured the country for the WWII War Bond effort, were inspired by Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech. $133 million dollars’ worth of bonds were sold.

Photographs of how people and businesses in the Greencastle-Antrim area responded are, also, exhibited. One unusual piece in the exhibit is a comic book. The creators of all the superheroes paid tribute to the real heroes in this September 2001 magazine, not the imaginary ones they have created in their minds for their comic strips. A journal begun in September 2001, which records the thoughts of AAMI visitors about that infamous day, will be available for reading and writing one’s 2021, 20-year, retrospective thoughts. One of the accounts shared was by Rev. Anna Straight, pastor at the Greencastle Presbyterian Church in September 2001. In it she shared her email correspondence with Rev. Jon Walton, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in NYC. In the email, he spoke about the first plane flying, very low over the church, just seconds before it hit the first Tower. “The First 24 Hours,” a video will play in the background.

Allison-Antrim Museum will be open Saturday, September 11, 2021 for an extended time, 10 am to 1 pm.

The Museum is regularly open Tuesday through Friday from noon – 4 pm and on Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm. For more information, please visit the website at, on Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, on Instagram @allison_antrim, or call the museum at 717-597-9010. There is no charge for admission, but donations are appreciated.

Allison Antrim Offers Virtual Presentation of Timothy Anderson By Bonnie Shockey

Allison Antrim Offers Virtual Presentation of Timothy Anderson By Bonnie Shockey

Allison-Antrim Museum focuses on Timothy Anderson Sr. He was born a free Black. His father Robert Anderson was white, Scot-Irish, and Presbyterian having been born in Northern Ireland in 1760.  His mother was African. She was born somewhere along the Ivory Coast of West Africa.  How the Robert Anderson family made its way to Franklin County, PA is unknown.  Three of their sons are known to us at this time – William (born in 1792 in PA), Elias (born 1793 in PA), and Timothy Sr. (born in 1796 in Franklin County, PA).

Timothy Sr. owned 58 acres of land in Antrim Township, about two and half miles north of the Mason-Dixon Line. His home was a stop on the Underground Railroad and Timothy Sr. was a conductor and engineer.  It was illegal to harbor fugitives who escaped from slavery. If caught the conductors could be jailed and heavily fined. The Underground Railroad existed but those involved and the “stops” on the “line” were closely kept secrets.  So, 170 years later, how do we know Timothy Anderson Sr was a conductor on the Underground Railroad?  The well-kept family secrets will be revealed during the PowerPoint, which can be accessed at:

For more information, please visit:, Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, on Instagram at allison_antrim, or call 717-597-9010.  Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S  Ridge Ave, Greencastle, PA is open, by appointment, Tuesday to Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call 717-597-9010 to make an appointment.

December at Allison Antrim museum

December at Allison Antrim museum

Allison-Antrim Museum’s annual Christmas Celebrations will be quite pared down this year due to the Coronavirus. On the kitchen porch (Ridge Avenue South), a “living holiday scene” depicting a Civil-War era scene of decorating the Christmas tree, will take place between 5:30 and 8:30 pm, on Friday, December 11. Decorations during the Civil-War era were handmade, such as marzipan fruits, cookie cutouts, dried orange and apple slices, and strings of popcorn, like those on the Museum’s tree.

And of course, the one-horse open sleigh, donated by the Sellers’ & Coldsmith families, will be in its traditional place, also on the South Ridge Avenue Irwin House porch.

Allison-Antrim Museum looks forward to seeing you as you drive by in your car or stroll down the sidewalk. Don’t forget to drive down the Museum’s driveway and catch a glimpse of the 1860 Irwin House front-door transom, decorated with a Della Robbia fruit arrangement.

Also, enjoy the December Virtual speaker at Allison-Antrim Museum, a look back at the twenty-three paintings of Mark Twain Noe, a legacy of the Greencastle area. View here.

Allison-Antrim Annual Ornament Painting – Joyful Arts Studio

Allison-Antrim Annual Ornament Painting – Joyful Arts Studio

Friday, December 4th & 11th * 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
A portion of the proceeds on December 4 ornament painting will go to the Allison-Antrim Museum.
Join Susan at her warm and nurturing studio for a bit to paint your own Christmas ornament. You will be painting one ornament and can choose your own design or follow one of her examples. This is always a fun time! Bring the family and make lasting holiday memories!
Beginner’s welcome!
This is a class in the studio, a MASK is required. Social distancing will be practiced.
Pre-registration is not required however precedence will be given to those who registered.
Due to COVID seating is now limited to 7 seats and a maximum of 12 people in the studio at one time.

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Allison-Antrim Museum Offers Virtual November Speaker From Archives

Allison-Antrim Museum Offers Virtual November Speaker From Archives

Allison-Antrim Museum’s “virtual” November speaker is local historian, Tim Rockwell, Mercersburg, introduced by the late Ted Alexander.

Rockwell spoke 16 years ago in April 2004 about Sgt. Patrick Gass’ Franklin County roots and his important role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  2004 marked the middle of the 200th Anniversary Commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1803 – 1806. Patrick Gass’ home in Chambersburg is part of the Franklin Farms complex.

While Lewis and Clark and their legendary Indian guide, Sacajawea, are well known, many have never heard of Gass. As chief carpenter for the expedition, Gass built the winter quarters, wagons, and dugout canoes, among many other accomplishments while on the trek.

Rockwell is the former Dean of Students at the Mercersburg Academy and is an historical archeologist who has done work for The Smithsonian Institution, The National Park Service, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation.

To watch Tim Rockwell’s presentation, visit:

Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 South Ridge Avenue, Greencastle, PA 17225 is open “by appointment,” by calling 717-597-9010, Tuesday to Friday, noon to 4 pm and Saturday 11 am to 1 pm.  Masks are required. For more information, please visit:, daily on Facebook, or on Twitter @greencastlemuzm.