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Daryl Presson
April 23, 2014 : Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Graduation Spotlight: Daryl Presson
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – 22-year-old Daryl Presson has known since she was a little girl that she was destined to make history.  The Circleville native, who graduated third in her class at Logan Elm High School, will walk across the stage at Ohio University Lancaster next week to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in History.
“I chose Ohio University Lancaster because the school offered a history program, which is what I have always wanted to do,” said Presson. “And I didn’t have to move away from home.”
Home is where Presson’s heart is. Her love of history started with her family’s passion for genealogy.
 “When I was little, my uncle was doing a lot of genealogy on my dad’s family.  They found out that some of our family was in the United States as early as 1670,” said Presson. “That intrigued me. My mom’s family is really into history, too.”
Presson’s interest in history then extended beyond her family and into her community.  She is now working with the Pickaway County Historical Society in an effort to open a home named Mount Oval as a working museum.
‘The house was donated to the Pickaway County Historical Society,” said Presson. “I’m chair of the Pickaway County Historical Society Preservation Committee, and I am also a member of the Long Range Planning Committee.”
Mount Oval is listed in the U. S. National Register of Historic Places. The home is on an oval-shaped knoll on the Pickaway Plains. It was built in 1832 by William and Jane Boggs Renick. The Renicks were the first to herd cattle from the Scioto Valley to markets on the east coast. The historical society hopes to use the home for agricultural education.
Presson recently placed 2nd in the Athens Campus’ Randolph Stone Writing Contest with a short essay about the Renicks.
“They revolutionized the way cattle were raised by corn feeding cows and establishing communication networks with family that were still in Virginia about market conditions in Philadelphia and Baltimore,” said Presson.
Presson also recently presented at the 8th Undergraduate History Conference in Athens.  She plans to attend Wright State this fall to start work on her master’s degree.
“Daryl has accomplished so much in her time here at OUL,” said Presson’s advisor Dr. Ping-Yuan Wang. “I am so proud of her.”
“I’d really like to be a professor,” said Presson. “But if I end up working in a museum that would be okay, too.”
Presson has done internships at the Decorative Arts Center and the Fairfield Heritage Association during her time at OUL.
“My favorite area of study is early American history,” said Presson. “The internships have really broadened my experience.”
Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington’s Honors Convocation Ceremony will be held Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in the Brasee Hall Gym on the Lancaster Campus.