Executive director hired for museum

Shawn Hardy
Jason Green, center the new executive director of Allison-Antrim Museum, is shown with board members in the German bank barn at the museum. From left: Don Rice; Wade Burkholder; Ariel Sherrill; Craig Ingram; Ralph Dice; Green; Ed Beard; Bonnie Shockey, president and CEO; Bruce Z. McLanahan, vice president; and Dave McCarney, treasurer. Not pictured: Gloria Walker, Fred Davison and Ted Alexander. SHAWN HARDY/ECHO PILOT.

A new chapter begins in the preservation of the history of the Greencastle-Antrim area on Saturday when Jason A. Green officially begins his job as executive director of Allison-Antrim Museum.

"Green was born and raised in Greencastle-Antrim, has an interest in the history of our community and graduated from Shippensburg University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism – electronic media," according to a news release from Bonnie Shockey, who will continue as president and CEO.

The step comes almost 20 years after the April 1998 purchase of the property at 365 S. Ridge Ave. The museum opened on Aug. 1, 1998, the first day of Old Home Week.

 About Green 

Green was employed for 15 years at Entravision Communications, WJAL TV, Chambersburg, where he held the positions of master control operator, account executive and traffic manager, which included working with local businesses, social media, programming, and national sales. He previously was employed by Verstandig Broadcasting as a part-time, on-air personality for Star 92.1 and did editing of radio shows.

He serves on the board of directors of the Greencastle-Antrim Baseball Association and is involved with other non-profit organizations in the G-A community.

Jason and his wife, Stephanie, and son, Dylan, 12, live in Greencastle.

Past and future 

Allison-Antrim Museum was founded in 1994 by historians and other community members under the auspices of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce. Operating initially out of the chamber then First National Bank of Greencastle, it was incorporated in 1995 and received nonprofit status in 1997.

Today the property includes the museum house built in 1860 and a German bank barn reconstructed on the property in 2009 that features exhibit, meeting, archive and storage space.

Exhibits run from a collection of Pennsylvania governors' signatures to china and from Civil War artifacts to slave pieces. Rotating exhibits, often on loan from members of the community, are featured regularly.

Two couples, one from Ohio and one from New Jersey, learned about the museum from the Franklin County Visitors Bureau's guide and stopped by on Tuesday, according to Green, who has been working part time at the museum since January.

The museum is currently open Tuesday to Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. That will not change at first, as "we need to grow into the next phase," according to Shockey.

The board has been working on hiring an executive director for about two years, she explained.

"Based on the needs of the museum and community, it was time to make the move to a permanent employee," added Craig Ingram, a member of the board.

Allison-Antrim falls among the "smallest of the small" museums in Pennsylvania based on its annual budget and among Green's responsibilities will be fundraising and seeking donations.

Green has a list of activities he would like to start, including craft fairs, antique gun shows, a golf tournament and a chocolate, cheese and wine event.

In addition to the museum house, barn and property on South Ridge Avenue, he will be responsible for the house at the former Bonnell property off U.S. 11 being developed as the Ebbert Spring Archaeological Preserve and Heritage Park by The Archaeological Conservancy.

He will also be involved in partnerships with organizations like Pennsylvania Museums, American Alliance of Museums and the American Association of State and Local History. They provide support, conferences, webinars and other opportunities for their members.

"I also want to get more traffic to the museum, especially the younger generation," Green said.

For more information, visit: www.greencastlemuseum.org, Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm or call 717-597-9010.