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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Mar 08

A Return to Greene County

Posted on March 8, 2019 at 10:48 AM by Melissa Dalton

Hello, Greene County blog readers! I would like to re-introduce myself in this blog post. My name is Elise Kelly and between the years 2015-2017, I served as the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Greene County Archives. During my tenure, I wrote many blog posts, visited several classrooms teaching children about our local history, and assisted the general public with research and reference services.

Fig 1. Elise presenting the Slavery in America program to Warner Middle School (Xenia) 8th Graders (
Fig. 1 Elise presenting the Slavery in America program to Warner Middle School (Xenia) 8th Graders (Greene County Archives)

In 2017, I took a position elsewhere but have happily returned to what I consider my “second home.” I am now serving as the Multimedia Archivist/Assistant Public Outreach Coordinator for the Greene County Archives.

As the Multimedia Archivist/Asst Public Outreach Coordinator, I am responsible for the appraisal, transfer, preservation and access of Greene County’s multimedia public records that are transferred to the Archives for long-term preservation. One important aspect of this is the data entry of all of the multimedia records into our records management system. This aids in tracking, inventorying, and controlling all the material stored both in the archival and non-archival storage areas.

Fig 2. Mutlimedia records (JPG)
Fig. 2 Multimedia records (Greene County Archives)

In addition to these responsibilities, I provide research and reference services for our county departments and the general public; I assist our Public Outreach Coordinator with our department’s public outreach program; and I coordinate the transfer of master microfilm.

Prior to coming to Greene County in 2015, I worked at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston and lived in a former whaling town named New Bedford. I studied at the University of Dayton and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Art History. In addition, I have a Master of Arts degree in Public History from Wright State University. On a more personal note, I love spending time outdoors, especially hiking and cycling the Greene County and Five Rivers Metroparks’ trails.

Fig 3. Greene County Parks & Trails Indian Reserve Cedar Cliff Falls (JPG)
Fig. 3 Greene County Parks & Trails Indian Reserve Cedar Cliff Falls (Greene County Archives)

It is wonderful to be back serving all who (physically and remotely) visit the Greene County Archives and I look forward to hearing from some of you through our social media outlets.

Until Next Time!


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