Residents offer items to support OHW efforts

PAT FRIDGEN
Lorraine “Dolly” Shoemaker shows one of two prints which will be for sale at the Old Home Week headquarters, starting Friday, July 30. She has donated 200 sets of prints to the OHW Association. They are of President George Washington visiting McCulloh’s Tavern in 1794, and the log church in Moss Spring in 1782.

Dolly Shoemaker and Dick Fisher had the same idea. In the interest of benefiting the Old Home Week Association, they retrieved historical items from their storage spaces and donated them for fundraisers.

Shoemaker has prints she commissioned from the late Charles Stoner of Mercersburg. In 1982 he created pen and ink drawings from Greencastle's past. One is titled 'Greencastle greets President Geo. Washington at McCulloh's Tavern, Oct. 13, 1784' and the other 'Greencastle's historic site - the Log Church at Moss Spring circa 1782'.

Shoemaker ordered 200 sets for Greencastle's centennial in 1982. She sold them from the store she operated on Center Square, the Flower and Gift Nook. She will keep a few remaining sets, but the rest will be offered to the public at the Old Home Week headquarters. They are protected in a large manila envelope, separated by a piece of cardboard.

"They're very nice framed," she said.

Fisher brought out commemorative coins of Martin's Mill Bridge, ordered by Greencastle Rotary Club in 1995. The supply exceeded demand at the time, so he kept the extras in a safe place. He shared the keepsakes at the 2007 OHW and they sold well. This year the last batch will be for sale, at $2 each.

"I want to help Old Home Week," said Fisher, who was president of the association in 1968.

The OHW headquarters in the old Conn Building, now part of Tower Bank on Center Square, is open Friday, July 30 from noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 1 from noon to 1 a.m. (to serve the Unofficial Opening crowd); Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 3, and 4, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed for the parade, then open again 8 to 10 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and finally Saturday, Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.