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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 16

American Archives Month 2020

Posted on October 16, 2020 at 12:04 PM by Melissa Dalton

If you follow us on any social media, especially Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you’ve probably seen our promotion of October as American Archives Month. American Archives Month was established by the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in 2006, and provides archival institutions an opportunity to promote how they preserve, catalog, care for, and make accessible records and other items that people find important (Fig 1). Here at the Greene County Archives, we aim to use this designation as an opportunity to connect with our community and highlight the records we hold.

Fig 1. SAA American Archives Month 2020 logo (JPG)

Fig 1. SAA American Archives Month logo

To kick off our events, the Greene County Commissioners declared October as Archives Month (Fig 2).

Fig 2. Greene County Commissioners Resolution declaring October Archives Month (JPG)

Fig 2. Greene County Commissioners Resolution declaring October Archives Month

We typically host events and special programs, but as we are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we took a different approach this year. As such, we have designed virtual programs to host throughout the month for residents and patrons to learn more about what we do and the records we hold. All programs are presented via Zoom, and registration is required.

Thus far, we’ve offered a few events. First, we participated in #AskAnArchivist Day on October 7th, which allowed followers on Facebook and Twitter to present archives-related questions to staff (Fig 3).

Fig 3. #AskAnArchivist Day 2020 (PNG)

Fig 3. #AskAnArchivist Day

On October 8th, Robin presented a program via Zoom titled “Secrets of the Greene County Archives”, which taught participants about records that obtain county business, document the legal rights of people, and provide government accountability (Fig 4). 

Fig 4. Secrets of the Greene County Archives (PNG)

Fig 4. Secrets of the Greene County Archives

On October 15th, Melissa and Elise presented a program via Zoom titled “How to Use Greene County Records in Genealogy Research.” This program offered insight into the various records held at the archives, and explained how they may be useful in documenting family connections (Fig 5). It also informed participants how they may locate and utilize the records online, as well as our current operations due to COVID-19 (and how it may impact their ability to visit our facility). The program was recorded and is available to view on our YouTube channel.

Fig 5. How to Use Greene County Records in Genealogy Research (PNG)

Fig 5. How to Use Greene County Records in Genealogy Research

We have another program scheduled for Friday, October 30th, titled “Spooky Tales from the Greene County Archives: The Murderous Rampage and Hanging of Jesse Ransbottom.” As the second edition of our Spooky Tales program, this presentation details the legends surrounding the Ransbottom story as demonstrated by Harold Igo, as well as the actual facts learned by examining the records (Fig 6). The program will be uploaded to YouTube after the presentation.

Fig 6. Map of Ransbottom Property at time of Murder (JPG)

Fig 6. Map of Ransbottom Property at time of Murder

In addition to our programs, we would like to highlight our latest online exhibit, “Stills, Bootleggers, and Speakeasies: Greene County during Prohibition”. This exhibit highlights the Prohibition Era and how Greene County responded to the ban on alcohol (Fig 7). The exhibit may be viewed on our Flickr page.

Fig 7. Highlight from Online Exhibit (JPG)

Fig 7. Highlight from Online Exhibit

We are very excited to continue to provide programming this year, and hope that everyone will take advantage of the opportunity to view our recorded programs, as well as the online exhibit. If you have any questions about the programming or the records we hold, please feel free to reach out to our office.

Happy Archives Month!

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