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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Jun 18

2021 Greene County History Week!

Posted on June 18, 2021 at 4:20 PM by Melissa Dalton

We have had fun this week celebrating Greene County History Week with all our followers. We love having the time dedicated to highlighting the rich history of our county, as well as the records and resources we hold. As all the activities were virtual, we wanted to use the blog this week to share all the links and resources in one place! We also invite you to post any lingering questions you may have.

2021 Greene County History Week logo (JPG)
2021 Greene County History Week logo 

During the shutdown, we spent a great deal of time reviewing our records to determine what we could do to provide better access while closed to the public. Most of the activities and resources discussed this week were developed during this time. In particular, we were able to digitize a number of records, aa well as create some how-to guides on locating a number of our records available on FamilySearch. This past week, we took a few of those how-to guides and created tutorials on how to locate some of our most widely requested records, such as marriage records, tax records, deed records, naturalization records, and estate/guardianship records. If you missed any of them, you can follow the link to view them on YouTube. Another project during the shutdown was to create virtual tours of our facility. All tours have been uploaded to YouTube, and you can learn more about what we hold and why. The tours include the reading room, stacks, map room, and microfilm vault.

Example of Greene County Marriage Record from the Genealogy Program (JPG)
Example of marriage record from the Greene County Archives records

As we continued with virtual programming for the 2021 Greene County History Week, we decided to share some of our past programs. Last year Fairborn celebrated its 70th anniversary, and we commemorated that anniversary during the 2020 Greene County History Week with our program “The 1913 Flood, the Move of Osborn, and the Creation of Fairborn”. It was a highly attended program, and we received great feedback on it. We also shared our program “How to Use Greene County Records in Genealogy Research”. This program provides researchers an opportunity to learn about our facility, the types of records we hold, and how the records may be beneficial in genealogy research

A project we started a few years ago was to conduct oral histories with former Greene County employees. This week we shared the oral histories of Gillian Hill, the first Records Manager/Archivist of Greene County, and Charles “Ed” Dressler, former Director of Parks & Trails (formerly known as Recreation and Parks), who served Greene County for 38 years. These are really great interviews, and we highly encourage you to check them out!

Gillian Hill in the Archives, 2009 (JPG)Ed Dressler at the 1984 River Festival (JPG)

Gillian Hill (left); Charles “Ed” Dressler (right)

Lastly, we would like to spotlight our online exhibits on Flickr, and our VIP project! Our online exhibits feature a range of topics that have ties to the local community. Our VIPs of Greene County project provides an opportunity to feature individuals that have helped shape Greene County in some way, and allows us to make their estate files available online. If you have suggestions on an exhibit topic, or someone you believe would be great to feature in our VIP project, please feel free to let us know!

We hope you’ve enjoyed all our programming this week, and be sure to share our Facebook page with all your friends! We’re getting close to our 1700 likes ??

Until Next Time!


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