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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 10

Statehood Day 2017

Posted on March 10, 2017 at 9:30 AM by Robin Heise

On February 19, 1803 President Jefferson officially endorsed Congress’s decision to create the state of Ohio.  Although the decision was approved by the President, the first official act of business for the state did not occur until March 1, 1803, when the Ohio General Assembly met for the first time in Chillicothe.  It is this day of the “first official” state business that is officially celebrated as the anniversary of the state’s founding.

Every year the Ohio History Connection, the Ohio History Local History Alliance, the Ohio Archaeological Council, Heritage Ohio, and several other professional organizations sponsor Ohio Statehood Day on or about March 1st.  This is a day for history advocates, across the state, to come together to advocate the importance of Ohio’s history and the organizations that help to preserve it.  It is also a day to celebrate the rich and diverse history of the state and reach out to legislators to advocate the importance of our profession.

This year several Greene County Archives’ employees attended Statehood Day on March 1st in Columbus.

Pictured to the right are: Erix Infante, Wright State University Intern and Robin Heise, Records Manager & Archivist.
 Statehood Day 2017

This years’ legislative priorities all focus on the theme of “Strengthening Ohio Through Heritage”.  Most of these priorities focus on how history, and history related sites, not only tell the stories of our rich and diverse history, but also bolster local economies. We need to continue to support the Ohio History Connection, the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit, and TourismOhio in a continued effort to preserve our history, culture, and heritage.  One other legislative priority pertains to taking active measures to ensure that digital records are preserved for future generations. This is becoming increasingly more important, as we move to a more “digital” world. 

This year marks the 214th birthday of the great state of Ohio! Let’s make sure that Ohio’s historical records and artifacts continue to be preserved for at least another 214 years!  Continuing to celebrate our rich and diverse heritage can only make us stronger!

Trivia question: Ohio was the __ state admitted to the Union?


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