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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Nov 20

How to Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable

Posted on November 20, 2015 at 11:35 AM by Elise Kelly

Last week we wrote that we would discuss what happened with Humphrey Taylor, but just this past week, we have found some additional surprising information on him. In a couple of weeks we will bring you what we have discovered.

This week we wanted to touch on the Thanksgiving Holiday.

This Thursday, families around the United States will gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving. Whether you're preparing to make that perfect cranberry sauce; packing your suitcase for a trip across the country to gather with friends and loved ones; or planning to help feed those who are less fortunate - this is a special time of year.

Image to Left: At the Crouch family Thanksgiving Day dinner. Ledyard, Connecticut. By Jack Delano, 1940 -via Library of Congress
Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving table for children
The children's table at the Crouch family Thanksgiving Day dinner. Ledyard, Connecticut. By Jack Delano, 1940 via Library of Congress.
 Just think back to all of those past Thanksgiving dinners that you have been a part of. Wouldn't it have been great to capture some of the stories that were shared among generations of your family?

This year, make it your mission to capture and record some of those stories that are discussed at the dinner table. Here's how you can do it!
For High School students, StoryCorps (an American non-profit organization whose mission is to record, preserve, and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and belief) is sponsoring THE GREAT THANKSGIVING LISTEN.
 StoryCorps App
 Using StoryCorps' FREE App, students can record interviews that they conduct with elders throughout the Thanksgiving Weekend.

Students will have the important opportunity to "record and honor the voices of an entire generation" and will learn about family heritage/history and cultural traditions.

Please visit THE GREAT THANKSGIVING LISTEN and check out the "Teacher Guide." Inside the guide, students will find great questions to use when interviewing.

After the student is done with all of their interviews, they can choose to publish the interview which will be uploaded and archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

For Adults, use your video and sound recording apps on your smartphones during the Thanksgiving weekend. Capture and record those funny, precious, enlightening or awkward family Thanksgiving moments.
 legos thanksgiving
Image courtesy of Josh Wedin via Flickr

I encourage you to ask questions that invoke memories, feelings and thoughts. (Use StoryCorps' Teacher Guide to find helpful questions). These recordings will be cherished for generations!

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: What U.S. President issued the first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation?

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question:
Explain what the consumption disease consisted of - Answer: An infectious disease that attacks the lungs.


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