Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Rickey L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Water distribution plans for Ripley move forward Historic Trapp and Wilson building sold RULH graduate wins HFR Scholarship Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann RULH selects Wilkins as new superintendent Corps of Engineer to study erosion issue in Ripley More funds available through Revolving Loans Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Historic home in Ripley is sold following renovations Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Students speak out in support of Skinner Ripley Council to pay half the cost for Air Evac services John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Air Evac Lifeteam requests contract with Ripley Council and life squad Odyssey Canvas Works, Inc. is back home working in new building Ripley’s Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday, May 29 Local athletes advance to track and field regionals SBAAC awards baseball, softball, boys track and field First Team all-stars SHAC awards baseball all-stars Lady Broncos finish as SW District Div. II runner-up Lady Warriors cap off season as SE District Div. III runner-up

Coming home to help

Mark Edgington admits that he’s a busy man.

The Ripley native is completing his History degree at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, on top of working as a consultant for the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C. and a pair of historical projects in Maryland.

But this past summer, Edgington came back home to work with Ripley Heritage Inc. to complete his practicum hours for his public history minor. He worked on the John Rankin House as well as an Ohio State Historical Marker project about Colonel Charles Young, the son of a freed slave who grew up in Ripley and went on to become only the third African-American to graduate from West Point and the highest ranking African-American officer in the U.S. Army until his death in 1922.

“I basically did all the application process for the state of Ohio and all the research that needed to go into it,” Edgington said. “I got it all put together and we sent that off in July to the Ohio History Connection.”

“I also worked on working with (Ripley Heritage Inc.) on a lot of best practices about the things that I’ve seen in the public history field here in the East Coast and in Washington D.C. and how they can update where they are and have their historical society move into this new era, which involves digital communication and social media.”

Edgington has an interesting history of his own. After graduating from Ripley-Union-Lewis-Union High School in 1995, he spent time as a musician, playing horns and vocals in Ska and punk bands, and he opened for big acts such as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Less than Jake, and Real Big Fish.

He later joined the U.S. Army from 2005 through 2013 and served in its medical corps. He served a tour in Iraq and was part of the BRAC (Base Relocating and Closure) that moved Walter Reed Army Medical Center from Washington D.C. to Bethesda, Maryland.

For someone who has worked on a number of historical sites in Maryland and Washington D.C. in recent years, Edgington thinks that Brown County and Ripley residents are lucky to have internationally known sites like the Rankin House and John Parker House.

“I really think that Ripley has a great advantage of having both the Rankin and Parker Houses right there as two resources,” Edgington said. “Just from being at the Rankin House this summer, I was amazed at the number of people that came from different states and different countries.”

“It is nationally and internationally known, and I think sometimes people in Brown County and Ripley take it for granted.”

Edgington even said that the famous Ripley sites have even come up in textbooks he’s read while in college.

“I’ve had several different college classes where John Rankin and John Parker were actually mentioned in class as being these influential abolitionists,” Edgington said.”

Edgington said a major piece of his work with Ripley Heritage Inc. was moving them into the 21st century, working on developing a brand as well as their social media presence.

“It all intertwines with history and public history,” Edgington said. “Nowadays, historians have to walk a tight rope between being a historian and being P.T. Barnum and getting people to come to these things and fund them.”

Over the last eight months, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has been working to have the National Parks Service recognize the Parker House in their system. According to Edgington, the plan is for the NPS to take over the Parker House and run it.

“I think that would be really great to have that kind of recognition,” Edgington said. “If everything goes through and happens, I think it would be really amazing and a big honor, not only for the memory of John Parker but also for the town of Ripley to have a national park designation.”

Ripley graduate Mark Edgington spent the summer working on various projects with Ripley Heritage,Inc.
http://ripleybee.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Self.jpgRipley graduate Mark Edgington spent the summer working on various projects with Ripley Heritage,Inc.
Edgington returns to work with Ripley Heritage

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

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