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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Apr 22

Volunteer Appreciation!

Posted on April 22, 2021 at 3:58 PM by Melissa Dalton

On Tuesday, we celebrated Volunteer Appreciation Day. Unfortunately, we haven’t had our volunteers in the office for well over a year now, but we still want to take the time this week to show our appreciation for all they have done for us over the years.

2021 Volunteer Week Resolution

Our volunteers have been great, and have completed so many great projects over the years. They’ve scanned slides, created indexes and inventories, prepared files for imaging, processed probate files, rehoused records, removed various fasteners, helped with exhibits and special events… They do so much for us, and help us with tasks that sometimes get pushed to the backburner due to lack of time. We have been so fortunate to have such great and loyal volunteers!

After the shutdown, though, we were looking for ways to keep our volunteers active. But, we had to find projects they could do remotely, and it required us to think outside of the box. Over the last few years, we’ve been adding images of our records to Flickr as a way to provide more access. However, with the shutdown, we had time to upload even more records, but not enough time to get descriptions and tags added. We realized that this was a project our volunteers could do from home!

2021 Staff Photo for Volunteer Week

Over the summer, we held a virtual training session on how to add tags to Flickr. This allowed those volunteers interested in participating an opportunity to see the platform in real-time, and they could review the various record series and find one that interested them to work on. Since that time, they’ve collectively put in almost 400 volunteer hours on this virtual project!

Unfortunately, we do not have recent photos of all our volunteers, but we would like to say thank you to all of them – Karen Furcon, Kathy Haller, Sharon Wilson, Katia Clod-Svensson, Elizabeth Govan, David Pidgeon, and Andy Wood. Each of these individuals has volunteered for us, and we are so lucky to have them! We are really looking forward to the time we can have you all back in the office! Fingers crossed it isn’t too much longer!

Until Next Time!


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