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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 21

Celebrating Greene County History Week

Posted on June 21, 2019 at 12:19 PM by Elise Kelly

Every year in June we celebrate Greene County History Week. To kick off the festivities, the Greene County Historical Society had a tag sale fundraiser on Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th. Treasures of all kinds were found and purchased.

Fig. 1 Greene County Historical Society tag sale (JPG)
Fig. 1 Greene County Historical Society’s Tag Sale (Photo courtesy of Greene County Ohio Historical Society’s Facebook Page)

In addition, the Greene County Historical Society hosted the Chamber Women in Business Luncheon on Thursday the 20th. Our own Robin Heise, Greene County Records Manager and Archivist, was the guest speaker. She informed the audience how she preserves and makes accessible Greene County's public records. Many of the older historical records paint a picture of the lives of the people of Greene County, the small communities within the county, and the many businesses that have operated here. While looking through past records such as: birth and death registers; marriages; wills; estates; maps; land and tax records, one experiences a sense of identity or a connection to the past.

On Wednesday the 19th, the Greene County Archives sponsored a program that introduced the types of records held at the Greene County Archives and demonstrated how the records could be used in genealogy research. The program was free and open to the public. We had a good group that asked important questions.

Fig. 2 Intro Genealogy Class 2019 (JPG)
Fig. 2 Genealogy Program introducing types of records held at the Greene County Archives (Greene County Archives)

Later that afternoon, we invited the public and county departments to an Open House. Various exhibits and highlights of our records were on display and tours and light refreshments were provided.

Fig. 3 Open House 1 (JPG)
Fig. 3 Greene County Archives’ Open House (Greene County Archives)

Fig. 4 Greene County Archives Open House 2 (JPG)
Fig. 4 Greene County Archives’ Open House (Greene County Archives)

Fig. 5 Greene County Archives Open House 3 (JPG)
Fig. 5 Greene County Archives’ Open House – Exhibit Panel of Historical Receipts (Greene County Archives)

Today, Friday the 21st, we opened a time capsule that was placed in the cornerstone of the County Jail in 1969. Next week’s blog will feature everything that we found in the time capsule. Stay tuned!

The final scheduled event for Greene County History Week is Beavercreek Historical Society’s Open House. The Open House will be held on Sunday the 23rd at the History Center located at 1981 Dayton-Xenia Road in Beavercreek. You’ll have a chance to learn about the beautiful, historical landmarks that dot Beavercreek Township!

Fig. 6 Beavercreek Historical Society (JPG)
Fig. 6 Beavercreek Historical Society’s History Center (Photo courtesy of Beavercreek Historical Society’s Facebook Page)

We want to thank all for sponsoring and attending our history week events. We look forward to next year.

Until Next Time!

Greene County Ohio Historical Society (Facebook Page)
Beavercreek Historical Society (Facebook Page)
Greene County Archives


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