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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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Oct 04

Celebrating Archives Month in Greene County

Posted on October 4, 2019 at 8:29 AM by Elise Kelly

Every year the Greene County Archives host fun and interesting events during the month of October for Archives Month. Our Archivist, Robin Heise, has stated that Archives Month is a “time to focus on the importance of historical records and enhance awareness of what the Greene County Archives does to maintain and preserve records.”

To commemorate and support Archives Month, the Greene County Commissioners recently passed a resolution. The resolution states that “through archives, future generations can more accurately study the past, learn from the accomplishments of their predecessors, trace their ancestors, understand their community’s pride and place, confirm property rights, and maintain laws, while celebrating the history of the Country” (See Fig. 1).

Fig. 1 2019 Archives Month Resolution (JPG)
                     Fig. 1 Greene County Archives Resolution (Greene County Archives)

This past Wednesday, October 2nd, we participated in the social media event #AskAnArchivistDay. Our Public Outreach Coordinator, Melissa, was on hand all day to answer anyone’s questions. She received inquiries about the history of Factory Road and a battle that the Shawnee fought in Greene County. Melissa also participated in a number of #AskAnArchivistDay threads on twitter including one that invited archival repositories to post a favorite dog photo from their collection. Melissa posted this great photo of a boy and his dog from the Greene County Parks and Trails collection (See Fig. 2).

Fig. 2 Boy and his Dog - Parks and Trails (JPG)
      Fig. 2 Photo from Greene County Parks and Trails Collection (Greene County Archives)

Next week, Wednesday, October 9th, the Greene County Archives will be hosting the third annual Records Management Training Fair for Greene County employees. The fair will offer educational games along with information on data security, public record laws, obsolete technology, and appropriate records storage.

The following day we will be participating in Electronic Records Day. The public will have the chance to learn how to properly preserve electronic records. We will also be sharing how technology has changed so rapidly in the past fifty years.

Lastly, the Greene County Archives will be hosting “Spooky Tales from the Greene County Archives” between 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM on Halloween. We will be sharing Greene County ghost stories and will examine between truths and myths using our county records and newspaper articles (See Fig. 3).

Fig. 3 Ghost Stories (JPG)

                                        Fig. 3 Greene County Archives Presentation

Come join and help us to unravel these ghostly mysteries!

Until Next Time!

Bolton, Anna. “Archives Month continues history preservation efforts.” Xenia Daily Gazette 2 October 2019 Published: Page 1
Greene County Archives


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