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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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Oct 29

Outreach Programs during Archives Month

Posted on October 29, 2021 at 12:21 PM by Melissa Dalton

Well, that’s a wrap for American Archives Month! October went fast, but we hope you had an opportunity to participant in at least some of our activities. Last week, we shared images and information about our Open House, and today, I would like to share a little about the outreach programs throughout the month!

On Tuesday, October 12, we held the third edition of our Spooky Tales series, Bad Blood: The John Fogwell Murder. During the program, we explored the relationship of John Fogwell and William Richison, the man charged with his murder, and the events that led to Fogwell’s murder. To do this, we examined primary records such as census records, marriage records, state court records, newspapers, soldier records, atlases, diaries, and survey maps. These records helped flesh out the story, and provided some insight into what actually happened. It is a very interesting story, so if you missed it, you can view the recording on our YouTube channel!

Bad Blood: The John Fogwell Murder program (JPG)

Excerpt from John Fogwell program on October 12, 2021

On Tuesday, October 19, we were invited to give a presentation to the Vandalia Senior Center. This was the first time we have partnered with them, and we were happy to have interest in our programming from a group outside of Greene County! As such, we presented our first edition of Spooky Tales, Spooky Tales from the Greene County Archives: Myths and Facts Behind Harold Igo’s Ghost Stories. And, we’ve already booked with them for two more programs next year, so it looks like we have a good partnership started.

Spooky Tales of the Greene County Archives program (JPG)

Image from the Spooky Tales program on October 19, 2021

Lastly, on Tuesday, October 26, we were asked to be the guest speaker for the Beavercreek Historical Society’s Quarterly Meeting at Peace Lutheran Church. We were delighted to oblige, especially since we haven’t done any in-person programming since the pandemic began almost two years ago! We again presented the first in our Spooky Tales series, and had great attendance! To be honest, I forgot how nice it was to actually see and hear reactions during a program. It was good to be back!

Beavercreek Historical Society Spooky Tales program (JPG)Beavercreek Historical Society Spooky Tales program (JPG)

Photographs from the Beavercreek Historical Society program on October 26, 2021

If you missed any of our programs, you can watch some version of them on YouTube (we have recordings, but the programs do evolve over time, so none will be exactly the same). Also, if you know someone or an organization at may be looking for some fun programming, feel free to share our contact information!

Thanks for joining us throughout the month of October, and we hope you’ve enjoyed learning and seeing a bit more about the archives, our staff, and what we do.

Happy American Archives Month, and we hope you have a happy and safe Halloween!

Until Next Time!


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