Oral Histories

Greene County Archives staff has conducted oral histories of former Greene County employees to capture various aspects of the County's history. Each interview provides background of the creation or development of the departments discussed, and the goals and aspirations of the individuals and overall department. Below we have links to two interviews: Gillian Hill, former Archivist/Records Manager for Greene County; and Charles "Ed" Dressler, former Director of the Department of Recreation & Parks (now the Department of Parks & Trails). 

Gillian Hill

Gillian was the first Archivist/Records Manager for Greene County, managing the department when it opened in 1996. She remained with the County until she retired in 2014. In her oral history, Gillian provides a bit about how she became an archivist, what brought her to Greene County, and her experiences.

Charles "Ed" Dressler

Ed Dressler was the Director of Recreation & Parks (now Parks & Trails) in Greene County. Ed was instrumental in the development of Rails to Trails in Greene County, providing residents with the opportunity to use the paved trails network. In his oral history, Ed describes his background, what brought him to Greene County, his experiences, and some of his greatest accomplishments during his thirty-eight years of service to Greene County. 

James H. "Pee Wee" Martin

James H. "Pee Wee" Martin is a Greene County resident and WWII Veteran. Martin served in the Army from 1942 to 1945 as part of the 101st Airborne Division, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment G Company, and was present at Normandy. At the time of the interview, Martin was 100 years old, and the last remaining Screaming Eagle. In this interview, Martin discusses his experiences during WWII, as well as a little bit about his life after the war. **Please note that some of the content covers sensitive material and is not suitable for children.