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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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Sep 09

Dayton/Cincinnati Archives Crawl

Posted on September 9, 2016 at 11:55 AM by Elise Kelly

Local Area Archival Repositories Participate in an Archives Crawl!

October is American Archives Month. This is an opportunity to raise awareness about the value of archives and archivists.
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The Miami Valley Archives Roundtable is sponsoring an Archives Crawl in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas.

Participating Repositories:

• Antioch College, Antiochiana
• Archdiocese of Cincinnati
• Beavercreek Historical Society
• Clark County Historical Society
• Clinton County Records & Archives
• Enon Community Historical Society
• Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Congregational Archives
• Greene County Historical Society
• Greene County Records Center & Archives
• Montgomery County Records Center & Archives
• Piqua Public Library, Local History Department
• Smith Library of Regional History
• Walter Havighurst Special Collections & Archives
• Warren County Records Center & Archives
• Wright State University, Special Collections & Archives
• WYSO Archives


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The Reading Room of the Greene County Archives
Each of the host repositories has its own unique collection full of interesting pieces of local history. During October, 2016, take this opportunity to visit some of the local archival repositories and learn about the treasures they preserve.

The goal of the Archives Crawl is to visit as many of the participating repositories as possible during the month of October and have each of them stamp your passport. Passports are available at any of the participating repositories. Be sure to visit each repositories’ website and/or social media page for their regular hours of operation.

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                                              A Page from the Passport

Crawlers who visit at least five participating repositories will win a $10 gift certificate to Carillon Brewery (can only be used towards food

purchases) and will be entered into a drawing for a first-place prize of a $100 Gaylord Archival gift certificate.

 The second-place prize will be a Greene County stuffed pilot bear. The drawing will take place at the November 2016 MVAR meeting and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter.

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1st and 2nd Place Prizes

Please note that current employees, volunteers, or contractors of any of the participating repositories are not eligible to win any of the prizes.

Come check out these local archival repositories during the month of October! You never know what you might find in the archives!

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: What day in October does Ask An Archivist Day fall on?

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question: The clerk of P.D. Cosmos Dairy Co. was found guilty of violating what Ohio law? Answer: Ohio's 1884 Anti-Discrimination Law.

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