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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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Aug 24

Greene County Archives Educational Programs!

Posted on August 24, 2018 at 2:51 PM by Melissa Dalton

The 2018-2019 school year is upon us and that means our educational programs will be in full swing soon! If you are unfamiliar with these programs, the Greene County Records Center and Archives offers free educational programs to all Greene County schools. Our programs use primary resources from our collection to tell a story, and were designed with the Ohio Social Studies Educational Standards in mind. Currently, we have three main topics – slavery, immigration, and the 1913 Flood and move of Osborn. Each has a local history component and students get to use primary resources to learn about each topic (Fig 1).

Fig 1. Manumission Record used in 8th Grade Slavery program (JPG) Fig 1. Photograph of Marie Treuer used in Coming to America program (JPG)Fig 1. Timeline created for 1913 Dayton Flood and Move of Osborn program (JPG)
Fig 1. Images of documents and resources used in our educational programs

We recently attended the Joint Annual Meeting of the National Association for Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA), the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and the Council of State Archivists (CoSA). At this meeting, I focused on sessions regarding education and the use of primary sources in the classroom. I came back to Ohio with some great information, as well as confirmation that we are doing much of what is recommended, meeting best practices, and on par with national organizations – all of which were wonderful realizations. Additionally, Robin and I presented a preconference workshop on using local government records to develop educational programs. We had a great group of attendees and received praise for our programs (Fig 2).

Fig 2. Melissa and Robin at NAGARA workshop (JPG) Fig 2. Melissa presenting Coming to America program to NAGARA workshop attendees (JPG)
Fig 2. Melissa and Robin presenting educational program to NAGARA workshop attendees

If you haven’t checked out our student and educator resources, you should now! I’ve provided links to our main webpage, as well as our Educator Resources and Student Resources pages. Each program is identified under the Educator Resources page and complete program materials are provided. We also have resources for younger audiences, including a word search, crossword puzzle, coloring book, and information packets on maps, biographies, and genealogy (Fig 2)!

Fig 3. Image of Maps for Kids packet (JPG) Fig 3. Image of Biographies for Kids packet (JPG) Fig 3. Image of Genealogy for Kids packet (JPG)
Fig 3. Images of Greene County informational packets on maps, biographies, and genealogy

Greene County Archives home page:
Educator Resources:
Student Resources:

Our programs have gained recognition amongst our peers as well. Our educational programs have received the 2016 the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) Achievement Award, the 2016 National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA) Program Excellence Award and the 2017 Society of Ohio Archivists (SOA) Merit Award.

As public historians, we truly understand the importance of primary sources. Primary documents can inspire and engage students, especially when used in local history research. We also understand the importance of integrating primary sources to increase information literacy among students. Primary resources create unique opportunity to learn about a topic, and allow students to think and analyze information differently.

If you know any educators in the Greene County schools, please feel free to pass our information along!

Until Next Time…


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