Grand Opening of the
Greene County Historical Society Museum and Genealogy Research
Center in the old Greene County Jail
Story by Alex Carrier
Photographs by Mick Carrier
I look at
photos of the day and think how ironically perfect it is that
the museum should go into the old county jail.
place where, for so long, those believed to be the worst of
our past were held secure; now, secures within its barred
windows and block walls all the past - the worst and the
best - for generations to come.
The space is
small, intimate like the secrets it whispers to those who
would ask it questions. Births, marriages, deaths and more -
the begat and begotten of Greene's ancestral line. Bits
and pieces, trinkets and treasures of daily lives long past
cozy among the shelves, within cases and along counters.
lights clutched against the ceiling so as not to intrude on
the singular space glitter their light back from metal
overhead. Real leather-bound books, not paperbacks but
those rich with the care of all who held their covers and
turned their pages, march like obedient soldiers across
bookshelves as if they too know the serous work they do.
In the complex,
living organism that is Greene County, long-term memory has
found a secure place to hold close and hold forth the past.
I look forward to learning even some of what it has to tell.
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