Museum offers exhibits, speaker, author during Old Home Week

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle, has opened two additional exhibits, which augment the Civil War displays. One is a large collection of GAR national, annual Union, encampment ribbons, which belonged to Sgt. William Snyder, who served in Co K, 126th PA Regiment.

Two additional exhibits, that augment the Civil War displays, have been opened at Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle. The museum will be open extra hours during Old Home Week.

The first exhibit is a large collection of national, annual Union, encampment ribbons, which belonged to Sgt. William Snyder, who served in Co K, 126th PA Regiment.  Snyder was a charter member of and active in Greencastle-Antrim’s Corp. Rihl GAR Post 438.  He was, also, a charter member of and instrumental in the establishment of the Birmingham, AL Lincoln GAR Post 17.  Snyder was a native of Greencastle, but in 1887, he left this area and moved to Birmingham. He attended 26 consecutive annual encampments.  This display is on loan from the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library.

The second collection, Confederate scrip, is very unique and is on loan from a friend of the museum, who wishes to remain anonymous.  Before the start of the Civil War, there was no national paper currency.  Each state, banks within each state, and some other institutions were permitted to print their own currency.  After the beginning of the Civil War, the South’s paper money became fairly worthless in the North. The exception to that, were the towns and townships that border the Mason and Dixon Line.  In a letter to his Greencastle friend, George W. Ziegler, the Rev. Dr. Edwin Emerson, former pastor at the Greencastle Presbyterian Church, wrote, in April 1861, from Trenton, N.J.:  “Trenton (N.J.), April 23rd, 1861 My dear friend, I enclose Two-hundred and thirty dollars, Maryland money, which I found it impossible to use here, or at Troy (NY), without a heavy discount. As I have a note falling due in a few weeks at the Waynesboro Saving Fund, I would be much obliged to you if you would forward this money to Mr. John Phillips, the cashier at Waynesboro, and request him to credit me with payment to this amount on my note. I enclose a stamp that you may drop me a line, directed to Troy letting me know if you have received the enclosure safely.  Emerson’s letter and its transcription are also on exhibit.”   Denominations ranged from five cents to $500, or more.  The dates on each piece, in the collection, are such that they very well may have still been in circulation just before and during the Civil War.  Also included in the collection are “local” examples of paper scrip from Mercersburg, Waynesboro, Chambersburg and Hagerstown, Md.

Allison-Antrim Museum is open Monday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m., or by appointment.  During Old Home Week, the museum will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 through Saturday, Aug. 10.

Every day during Old Home Week, from 1 – 2 p.m., Ron Powers, author of “One Man in Ten Million – One Man’s Story of Serving in the 104th Infantry Regiment” during WWII, will be in the air-conditioned barn, for a book signing.

For three days, Wednesday, Aug. 7 through Friday, Aug. 9 at 3 p.m. in the air-conditioned barn, Ted Alexander, chief historian at the Antietam National Battlefield, will give a presentation based upon his book “When War Passed This Way”, which he co-authored with his late uncle, William P. Conrad.  The presentation will be different each day – Part I, II, and III.

For more information visit the Web site at www.greencastlemuseum.org, Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, call 717-597-9010, or visit www.oldhomeweek.org