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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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Mar 04

Advocating for History during Ohio Statehood Day

Posted on March 4, 2016 at 8:51 AM by Elise Kelly

 Did you know that this past Tuesday, March 1st, marked Ohio's 213th birthday? In 1787, the Northwest Ordinance established a large body of unsettled land that encompassed what is now Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and part of Minnesota.
northwest ordinance
Northwest Territory via Wikimedia Commons

By April of 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed into law the Enabling Act, which permitted the territory of Ohio to be a state.

Ohio's first constitutional convention assembled in Chillicothe at the Ross County Courthouse in 1802. By February of 1803, Ohio's constitution was approved by Congress and was then signed by President Jefferson. On March 1, 1803, Ohio's first official "state" business was conducted in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Statehood Day

pic  To commemorate Statehood Day, some of our current staff/interns and former staff made the journey to the statehouse in Columbus. Numerous historians, archaeologists, archivists, curators, and legislators convened inside.

Participants had the opportunity to learn about some of the legislative efforts that are being done to strengthen Ohio through heritage.
House Bill 143
House Bill 143 proposes that the barn becomes the historical architectural structure of the state of Ohio. What is amazing is that this effort was started by a group of 8th grade students.

The students are advocating that the barn become a symbol of Ohio, which would help raise awareness of its historical value.

By making the barn the official historical architectural structure and a state symbol of Ohio, we can preserve a part of our past and future.
Ohio Bicentennial Barn, Dorset Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio via Wikimedia Commons

To learn more about House Bill 143 and to help support it please visit Ohio Barn Bill.
Statehouse Senate Chamber
Furthermore, participants were able to meet with their State Representative and State Senator. The Greene County Archives' staff and interns met with Senator Robert Hackett (10th District) and the aide to State Representative (73rd District) Rick Perales.

This was a valuable opportunity to thank our state legislators for their support and update them on our efforts and projects.

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: The state of Ohio's constitution was was approved by delegates by a vote of 32-1. Who was the lone dissenter?

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question:
How many refugees from Europe were accepted in the United States before and during World War II? Answer: In 1938, more than 300,000 Germans-mostly Jewish refugees had applied for U.S. visas. A little over 20,000 applications were approved.

- "Statehood Day March 1, 2016" Booklet.
- Ohio Barn Bill 143. Weebly,


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