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 07

Celebrate National County Government Month

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 3:08 PM by Elise Kelly

What is NCGM?
 National County Government Month (NCGM), held each April, is an annual celebration of county government.

Did you know that County Government is responsible for providing a plethora of services including: the maintenance of roads, the facilitation of public transportation, the management of elections, the preservation of parks, and the accessibility to public records?


Greene County not only provides these services but numerous others. As a County, we take pride in our responsibility to improve and enhance our residents' lives in an efficient cost-effective way. Visit Greene County's Website for information on departmental services.

misc  Counties are one of America’s oldest forms of government, dating back to 1634 when the first county governments (shires) were established in Virginia.

Today, there are 3,069 counties in the United States. Each county is different; they are diverse in structure and are each unique in how they deliver services to their communities.

In Connecticut, Rhode Island, and parts of Massachusetts they have completely eliminated county government.

In general, the states decide the roles and responsibilities of county governments. Counties are governed by locally elected officials. This past March, Greene County residents re-elected Commissioners, Robert Glaser and Tom Koogler. Other counties use the term "Board of Chosen Freeholders"  as the name of the county's elected officials.

We would like to invite you to visit the Greene County Records Center & Archives. Whether you're looking for that tax record that reveals who the first person was to own your house or that naturalization record that solves a family mystery, we are here to help! Check out our website to see what type of records we have.

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question:
What is Greene County's total population?

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question: How long did Judge Scroggy serve as Greene County's Judge of the Common Pleas Court? Answer: 6 years

Source: NACO


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