In making the presentation Cherel Henderson, ETHS’s director, said, “The Community History Award is presented in recognition of excellence in community leadership, specifically in promoting the preservation of local/regional history and heritage.”
The nomination was made by Polk News editor Cheryl Buehler, who cited the recent “Hundred Year Old House” series and heritage articles published by the Polk News as excellent examples of the important heritage preservation work done by Presswood.
Accepting the award, Presswood expressed her appreciation to Buehler. She said although the award was a personal honor, it was as much about the Polk News being committed to preserving the history of the county.
Presswood was appointed to the position of county historian in 1993 and has been involved in making the history of Polk County and its people more accessible. She reorganized an inactive Historical Society, established a genealogy library, and saw to the transcription and printing of every census since the county was formed in 1840. The county historian also chaired the committee to publish the book “The Heritage of Polk County,” and edited “The History of Polk County,” from material collected by former county historian Roy Lillard.
Presswood is married to James and has two daughters, Robbi Moorhouse, a teacher at Ooltewah High School; and Rebecca Parker, a CPA in Miami. She has four grandchildren: Joey, Scott, Bailey and Colleen.