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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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Jun 25

2018 Greene County History Week!

Posted on June 25, 2018 at 9:02 AM by Melissa Dalton

The week of June 17 -23, 2018 was resolved by the Greene County Board of Commissioners as, officially, Greene County History Week. The Greene County Records Center and Archives is the official repository for Greene County records of enduring historical and evidential value. As such, the Archives also is committed to ensuring the availability and accessibility of those public records entrusted to it for use, now and in the future. To celebrate History Week, several local organizations scheduled special events. Here are a few highlights from the week!

Resolution signed by Greene County Commissioners making June 17-23, 2018 Greene County History Week   Greene County Archives Staff with Commissioners after signing Resolution (JPG)
Resolution signed by the Greene County Commissioners and Archives staff with the County Commissioners

On June 9, the Beavercreek Historical Society hosted a special viewing of Bob Zimmer's personal handmade collection of quilts, which was a one-time only event! BHS was kind enough to share some pictures, which are below:

Beavercreek Historical Society Flyer (JPG)Bob Zimmer at the Quilt Show (JPG)
BHS Quilt Show Flyer                                        Bob Zimmer at Quilt Show

Luke Yancey, 9 years, learned to spin at the BHS Living History Program, and demonstrated skills at         Quilt at show with over 6,000 pieces! (JPG)
Luke Yancey, 9 yrs, learned to spin at the BHS            Living There are over 6000 pieces in this quilt!
History Program and asked his parents for a
spinning wheel. He demonstrated his skills at
the quilt show.

The Greene County Ohio Historical Society held two demonstrations for History Week. On Wednesday, June 20, the Cardinal Tatters Guild, demonstrated the art of tatting, which is the making of fine lace by hand. On June 21, Ann Bain offered a demonstration of calligraphy. Bain gave a short talk, and made personalized bookmarks for the attendees.

Tatting tools (JPG)  Tatting bobbin lace (JPG)
Tatting tools                                                          Tatting bobbin lace

Calligrapher, Ann Bain, at the demonstration (JPG)  Calligrapher, Ann Bain, and visitors at demonstration (JPG)
Calligrapher, Ann Bain, and visitors at demonstration

The Greene County Records Center and Archives had a couple of events for the week. On June 18, we had a short presentation on how to use Greene County public records in genealogical research. We had a good turnout, and great discussion!

Greene County Archives presentation on how to use public records in genealogical research (JPG)  Greene County Archives presentation on how to use public records in genealogical research (JPG)
Greene County Archives presentation on public records and how to use for genealogical research

On June 20, the Archives hosted an Open House, with special exhibits, door prizes, tours, and delicious cookies. It was well attended and garnered great interest in public records and what one can, and may, find. Several people stated they would be back to do research on their family or property! Additionally, we were fortunate to have a special guest, Joyce Dixon, the daughter of Dr. Lewis A. Jackson, a man of many talents and for whom the Greene County airport is named! We have a small exhibit on Dr. Jackson and the 50th Anniversary of the airport, so stop by to learn more!

Robin Heise speaking to guests at the Archives Open House (JPG)  Guests looking at exhibits and records during the Archives Open House (JPG)
Greene County Archives Open House and attendees on June 20, 2018

Dr. Lewis A. Jackson Exhibit on display at the Greene County Archives (JPG)  Time Capsule Exhibit on display during Open House (JPG)
Dr. Lewis A. Jackson Exhibit                          1901 Time Capsule Exhibit

Have you ever wondered about that brick industrial building alongside the Little Miami bike path in Goes? Well, the Yellow Springs Historical Society has just the program for you! They finish up History Week with their presentation, “Goes Boom!” This is a history of the Miami Powder Works at Goes (1846-1925). Dave Neuhardt will use photographs and maps to tell the sometimes explosive 80-year saga of gunpowder-making along the Little Miami River in Goes Station, Ohio. The program will be held at the Yellow Springs Senior Citizens Center on Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs, Sunday, June 24, 2018, starting at 2:00 p.m.
"Goes Boom!" presentation at the Yellow Springs Historical Society (JPG)
Yellow Springs Historical Society presentation, "Goes Boom!"

We are so happy to share our local history and we hope all who attended the various events felt the same way! We are starting to think about next year’s events, so we will be sure to let you know as details are fleshed out.

Until Next Time…

Beavercreek Historical Society
Greene County Archives
Greene County Ohio Historical Society
Yellow Springs Historical Society


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