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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 04

History Relevance Campaign

Posted on October 4, 2016 at 2:48 PM by Elise Kelly

History is crucially important to the well-being of individuals, communities, and the future of our nation. The History Relevance Campaign is a diverse group of history professionals posing questions about what makes the past relevant today.
The Campaign serves as a catalyst for discovering, demonstrating, and promulgating the value of history for individuals, communities, and the nation.
Farm Sale - Greene County, 1908
History can have more impact when it connects the people, events, places, stories, and ideas of the past with people, events, places, stories, and ideas that are important and meaningful to communities, people, and audiences today.

There is a litany of reasons why history is essential. Some of these reasons include: history nurtures personal identity, teaches critical skills, stimulates economic development, provides legacies, inspires leadership, fosters engaged citizens, and helps provide vital places to live and work. I have often witnessed how these values are demonstrated and carried out.

 When I visit classrooms throughout the County, I observe how children are exercising critical thinking skills when utilizing historical resources.

I've also seen how history has nurtured personal identity especially when families come into the Archives to do research on their ancestors.

Right Image: 4th Grade Classroom - Beavercreek Schools

usaf   Furthermore, I believe the Dayton area is a vital place to live and work. This area has economically grown because of its history -The Wright Brothers, the National Air Force Museum, Carillon Historical Park, etc.

We can try to do our part to communicate the values of history. If you visit the History Relevance Campaign's Website, you will find a list of ways to apply the values. One method that is essential is communication.

Staff of the Greene County Archives have often shared with our County Commissioners how history is relevant and important. We can all try and do our part to educate and inform communities on the relevancy of history. Let's take action today! To get some inspiration, check out a video of how Archives Changes Lives.

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: How many organizations have endorsed the History Relevancy Campaign statement?

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question: Bellbrook's first oldest schoolhouse is located on East Maple Street.


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