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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 14

Educational Programs of Greene County

Posted on August 14, 2020 at 2:25 PM by Melissa Dalton

As everyone is learning to adjust to life during a pandemic, we recognize that this school year is going to look very different. Some are starting the year virtually, while others are planning in-person instruction. No matter what the plans are for your district, we would like to be sure all are aware that our programs are still available!

The current environment has required us to think outside of the box to figure how to best serve the educators of Greene County. Although we will not be able to present our programs in-person this year, we have pre-recorded all of them for any educator to use at their convenience! Each program is up on our YouTube page, and all the program materials are available on our website. Additionally, we have many student resources available online as well. Another benefit to having the programs recorded is that we are expanding our reach! Now parents that homeschool their children have the opportunity to utilize our programs in their lesson plans, too!

If you would like to learn more about each program, please see the descriptions below. We have three main topics, and will be adding more throughout the year.

Slavery in America
Slavery is an unfortunate part of America's history and was a reality, especially in the southern states. Ohio's original state constitution (1802) banned slavery; however, by 1804, the Ohio General Assembly enacted the Ohio Black Codes to govern African Americans residing in the state. These Codes required free African Americans to register their names with their local court. This registration process required one to provide emancipation papers or witnesses that could corroborate a person's "free" status. Many free African Americans migrated to Greene County, Ohio where there was a strong abolitionist movement and cheap fertile farmland. Several families settled around the Wilberforce area and established prosperous communities.

Deed Record 37 p 554-555 (JPG)
Deed Record 37, p 554-555 (Greene County Archives)

4th – 5th Grade Program Video (via YouTube)
4th – 5th Grade Program Materials (via Archives website)

8th Grade Program Video (via YouTube)
8th Grade Program Materials (via Archives website)

High School Program Materials (via Archives website)

Coming to America
Students will learn why many immigrants migrated to the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. To correspond with this discussion, the program features a “show and tell” activity where the speaker shows the class a suitcase and discusses items that many immigrants brought with them during their long journey. We will discuss the immigrant’s journey before boarding, on the ship, and the inspection process afterward. Students will work in small groups on the activity utilizing primary resources concerning two immigrants that settled in Greene County. Overall, students will learn the reasons why many immigrants came to the United States, they will understand the difficult journey many of these families had to make, and the circumstances they faced once they arrived.

Declaration of Intention of Giuseppe Mazzolini (JPG)

Declaration of Intention of Guiseppe Mazzolini (Greene County Archives)

4th – 6th Grade Immigration Program Video (via YouTube)
4th – 6th Grade Immigration Program Activity Video (via YouTube)

4th – 5th Grade Immigration Program Materials (via Archives website)
5th – 6th Grade Immigration Program Materials (via Archives website)

The 1913 Flood and the Move of Osborn
In March 1913, the state of Ohio experienced a substantial amount of flooding and damage, with the Dayton region experiencing the worst flood in its history. In order to avoid future catastrophic destruction, the Miami Conservancy District was established and the District purchased parts of land throughout Montgomery and Greene counties to construct dams and levees. The original town of Osborn, located in Bath Township (Greene County), was situated on a flood-prone basin of the Huffman Dam. To finish constructing the dam, the ENTIRE town of Osborn relocated two miles southeast, next to the village of Fairfield. In 1950, both towns merged and became the city of Fairborn.

1855 Map of Osborn (JPG)
1855 Map of Osborn (Greene County Archives)

4th – 6th Grade Osborn Program Video (via YouTube)

4th – 5th Grade Osborn Program Materials (via Archives website)
4th – 5th Grade Osborn Program Activity Video (via YouTube)

5th – 6th Grade Osborn Program Materials (via Archives website)
5th – 6th Grade Osborn Program Activity Video (via YouTube)

In addition to our programs, we also have several resources and activities available on our Educator’s Resources page. For younger children, we also have activities on our Student Resources page, including a word search, coloring book, and crossword. Additionally, we have three activity packets on learning about maps, genealogy, and biographies.

We hope anyone interested in learning about the rich history of Greene County will take advantage of some of our many resources. Although these programs may be geared to students, anyone can use them!

We wish all of you a safe and healthy school year!

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