Clock Tower

Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Aug 25

Back to School! (Educational Outreach Programming)

Posted on August 25, 2017 at 4:57 PM by Jessica Cromer

Back to School! (Educational Outreach Programming)

It’s back-to-school time of year once again! That means it’s also time to talk about our award-winning Educational Outreach Program with local Greene County schools.

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As the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Greene County Records Center and Archives, I have recently reached out to Greene County educators to introduce myself and our Educational Outreach Program. This is a very busy time of year for teachers and students so please share this if you know of a teacher who may be interested.

We are working to connect with local schools to make archival materials relevant to the classroom by presenting to classes historical narratives and activities based around records we have here at the Archives. This allows students to learn the importance of primary sources, what they look like, and how to use them. Our program has received awards from The Society of Ohio Archivists, The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, and The National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators. Some of the educational topics are the move of the town of Osborn, slavery in America, former slave families, immigration, and immigrants and refugees. The links below will take you to our website’s online resources for educators and students. This explains a lot of what our programs are all about in addition to many other helpful resources.

Greene County Archives home page

                                        Educator Resources
Educator resources include teaching packets and answer keys on different subjects for 4th – 12th grade as well as links to both Greene County and other online resources.

                                        Student Resources
Student resources

Some of the student resources include the following downloadable/printable PDFs.
What does an Archivist do?
What is an Archives?
What is a record?
Greene County History Crossword Activity Packet
Archives Word Search Activity Packet
Word Search Student Activity

Biographies for Kids
Biographies for Kids

Genealogy for Kids
Genealogy for Kids

Maps for Kids
Maps for Kids

Greene County Historical Coloring Book...
...and website links for useful outside sources.

You are always welcome to come visit the Archives first if you think you may be interested in our educational programming for your students.

If you have any questions, would like a tour of the Archives, or would like to schedule classroom programming, please contact me (info below) or Records Manager Robin Heise at 562-6489 or If you have any general questions about the Archives, you may also contact Joan Donovan at 562-6487 or

We hope to hear from you!

Jessica Cromer
Public Outreach Coordinator
Greene County Records Center and Archives
535 Ledbetter Road, Xenia, OH 45385
Tel: (937) 562-6486
Fax: (937) 562-6485

Until Next Time!


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