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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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Feb 25

Ohio Statehood Day!

Posted on February 25, 2021 at 5:19 PM by Melissa Dalton

Did you know that Monday, March 1, 2021 will mark the 218th anniversary of Ohio gaining statehood? As such, we’d like to share a brief history of Ohio, and also provide you information about the annual Ohio Statehood Day event (which will look a bit different this year).

State Flag of Ohio (PNG)

State Flag of Ohio

After the Revolutionary War, the Land Ordinance of 1785 was established to survey and divide land in what was referred to as Ohio Country (composed of modern-day Ohio, eastern Indiana, western Pennsylvania, and northwestern West Virginia). In 1787, the Confederation Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance, creating the Northwest Territory, which created a pathway for the creation of three to five states (now what are Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and part of Minnesota). In 1803, Ohio was the first state to be carved out of the Northwest Territory, becoming the 17th state within the United States of America.

Every year, we join other history lovers at the Ohio Statehouse to advocate the importance of Ohio’s history. This is an opportunity to stress to our state legislators that the work of our historical and cultural institutions must be a priority, and that we need to continue to support and provide access to our incredible resources.

On Monday, March 1, 2021, from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM, we will join our fellow history advocates to commemorate the birthday of Ohio! However, due to the pandemic, instead of meeting at the Ohio Statehouse, the event will be virtual. Typically, there is a fee to attend, but this year it is free, but advanced registration is required.

2020 Ohio Statehood Day (JPG)

2020 Ohio Statehood Day program

The theme and panel discussion for this year is “The Power of History During Historic Times” (definitely fitting considering our current situation). The panelists are:

  • Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, president of the Congressional Black Caucus
  • Chancellor Randy Gardner, Ohio Department of Higher Education
  • Jane Campbell, president & CEO of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society in DC (former Cleveland mayor and Ohio state rep)
  • Christie Weininger, executive director of the Hayes Presidential Museums & Library
  • Moderator: Ben Garcia, Ohio History Connection Deputy Director

2020 Ohio Statehood Day Panelists (JPG)

2020 Ohio Statehood Day Panelists

Each year, the committee also puts together a list of Legislative Priorities to discuss with the state representatives. This year, those priorities include:

  • Support Ohio history and hard-hit tourism and cultural industries in the state’s FY 2022-23 operating budget
  • Create a Task Force to Study How to Better Protect Human Burial Grounds
  • Establish an Ohio initiative for the upcoming America 250 commemoration
  • Support legislation to add Poindexter Village as the state’s newest addition to the Ohio History Connection site network
  • Continue to Support the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit

This is a great event every year, so if you will have some time on Monday, go ahead and register! Also, if you are as passionate about Ohio history as we are, we encourage you to contact your representatives in support of your Ohio history institutions!


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