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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 06

Ohio Statehood Day!

Posted on March 6, 2020 at 12:04 PM by Melissa Dalton

On Wednesday, February 26th, Robin and I attended Statehood Day at the Ohio Statehouse. This annual event is an opportunity for history professionals to come together to advocate for our field(s) and organizations. Registrants have the opportunity to meet with state legislators regarding joint initiatives, network with other history professionals, and learn what other organizations are doing to promote their missions.

This year, Governor Mike DeWine was presented with the Ohio History Leadership Award for his continued support of history, the Historic Preservation Fund, and the state historic preservation offices (Fig 1).

Fig 1. Governor Mike DeWine accepting Ohio History Leadership Award (JPG)
Fig 1. Governor Mike DeWine accepting Ohio History Leadership Award

The 2020 Legislative Priorities focused on three main initiatives – support funding in the state capital budget for Ohio’s historical and cultural assets; support legislation to better protect unmarked burial places and inactive and abandoned cemeteries (historic and prehistoric); and enact legislation to designate Poindexter Village a state historic site (Senate Bill 192). Although all are encouraged to discuss these priorities with their legislators, it also is a great opportunity to discuss your organizational needs and why supporting local history is important (Fig 2).

Fig 2. Todd Kleismit introducing 2020 Legislative Priorities (JPG)
Fig 2. Todd Kleismit introducing 2020 Legislative Priorities

The lunch program usually involves a keynote speaker; however, this year, the committee decided to host a panel discussion on the centennial of women’s suffrage and achievements. The panelists were Dr. Treva Lindsey, Associate Professor of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at the Ohio State University; Jen Miller, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio; and Megan Wood, Director of Cultural Resources Division at the Ohio History Connection. The panel was moderated by Ann Fisher, Host of All Sides with Ann Fisher at WOSU Public Media. The panelists discussed the history of national women’s suffrage movement, but also the local implications. It was a fascinating discussion, and brought to light disparities and inequalities within the movement, and how the movement continued after the passage of the 19th Amendment to gain the right to vote for all women (Fig 3).

Fig 3. Panelists discussing Womens Suffrage and Achievements (JPG)
Fig 3. Panelists discussing Women’s Suffrage and Achievements

After the panel discussion, they announced of the Ohio History Fund Grant recipients (total of eight this year). If you are unfamiliar with the grant, the Ohio History Fund is a competitive matching grant program that is one of six “tax check-off” funds on Ohio’s income tax forms. It is made possible through Ohio taxpayers’ voluntarily contributions, as well as the sales of the Ohio History “mastodon” license plate. To learn more about the program, check out https://www.ohiohistory.org/preserve/local-history-services/history-fund.

Until Next Time!

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