LIFESTYLE

Allison-Antrim Museum gets site manager

PAT FRIDGEN
Cal Hausenfluck, 83, studies a military uniform display at Allison-Antrim Museum while new site manager David Dick looks on.

Lots of people are happy with how things worked out following a chance meeting. Allison-Antrim Museum has a site manager, David Dick has a job, AAMI board president Bonnie Shockey and her husband Ken have more help than a few volunteers can provide, and the public has access to the museum daily during the week.

Dick began work Nov. 4 as site manager for the historical museum, which includes an 1860 house, a restored German bank barn of the same era, and one acre of grounds.

Dick was hired through PathStone Corporation, a non-profit community development and human service organization in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. It was founded in 1969 and has an office in Chambersburg.

Dick, 57, retired from North Middleton Township near Carlisle, where he worked with the road and maintenance department, and was active with the fire company. He and his wife had moved to Chambersburg. They were at a library looking online for employment opportunities when they heard someone talking about a program matching people at least 55 years old with part-time jobs. Dick followed up on the conversation.

Shockey had learned about PathStone through a friend. She contacted that office to announce the museum could use some help. A match was made, and after an interview, Dick was sent to AAMI to do whatever needed to be done.

He works noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, so the museum is now open to the public those hours. He can direct visitors and explain exhibits as needed. He is also responsible to answer the phone, set up exhibits, organize collections and donated items, and whatever other tasks Shockey can come up with.

"I have a whole list of things," she said. "David is great. He's very self-motivated. He sees something that needs to be done and he does it."

Dick found his first week on the job fulfilling. "I like it. I have to do some things I've never done before. I'd never dressed a mannequin."

Cindy Myers, one of AAMI's volunteers, appreciated the PathStone grant, which covers Dick's salary. "It's tremendous for this place. It's great having Dave in here. He fixes things."

The two spent time sorting a recent donation of books and publications, collected by Isabelle Barnes for decades. The material was related to Greencastle and Antrim Township history and will eventually be housed in a library section in the barn.

AAMI, located at 365 S. Ridge Ave., is now open weekdays 12 to 4 p.m., the first Sunday in May and December, and the second Sunday the remaining months. The phone number is 597-9010.