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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Sep 03

Greene County's Educator's Resources Webpage

Posted on September 3, 2015 at 9:26 AM by Elise Kelly

Did you hear the news? The Greene County Records Center & Archives has created an Educator's Resource Page for our website.

The Greene County Records Center & Archives maintains and preserves the vital historical records of the County and it is our responsibility to ensure that they are accessible to current and future generations.
Educating Greene County Youngsters
Image from our collection of Greene County Parks & Trails Scrapbooks

Our Educator's Resource Page is an engaging platform that showcases our resources for both local educators and the younger generations in the local classrooms.

Using Primary Resources
 The Ohio Social Studies Standards emphasize the use of primary sources in the classroom to help create historical narratives. Our Educator's Resource Page provides educators with a sampling of our primary sources along with educational programs designed for grades 4
through 9.

These programs focus on local history topics and highlight not only our primary sources, but also secondary sources from other Greene County repositories.
Timeline - Secondary Resource from Our Educational Packet

Presently, the local history topics include how the entire town of Osborn moved next to Fairfield (eventually becoming Fairborn) and the migration of former slaves to Greene County.

We are very excited about these programs. We have begun scheduling classroom visits for our Public Outreach Coordinator to present these educational programs.

Greene County History Crossword Puzzle
 In addition to the programs, we also have included fun student activities such as a Greene County History Crossword Puzzle, a Word Search, and other classroom resources.

Over the next year we hope to add additional educational resources including:
- Additional Educational Programs
- A Genealogy Book for Kids
- Oral Histories for Kids
- Maps for Kids
- A Greene County History Coloring Book

If you know any educators in the area, please feel free to "share" this information on to them. If they have any questions or suggestions regarding the page, please have them contact our Public Outreach Coordinator, Elise Kelly, by phone at 937-562-6486 or by email at

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: Can you name the Greene County Archives Mascot? (Hint: Check out our Educator's Resource Webpage).

Last Week's Trivia Answer:
This 1930s gangster committed bank robberies throughout the state of Ohio. What was his name? - George "Baby Face" Nelson


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