By Tim Peterson
October 30, 2013
On Saturday, Oct. 12, grey skies and light rain didn’t put a damper on the first Burke History Day since the 1990s. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a steady stream of visitors ventured into the large hall of the Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department facility as costumed members of the Burke Historical Society revived a former community event—albeit with a few modifications.
Originating in the 1970s, the Burke History Day was held annually in the parking lot of the Burke Village Center Giant grocery store. Previous incarnations had “more of an arts and crafts atmosphere,” said Burke Historical Society President and Burke resident Jon Vrana (clad authentically as Colonel Silas Burke).
NOW THE FOCUS is squarely on sharing history, through detailed texts and images, artifacts and the society’s elaborately garbed “historical dramatists, according to Vrana (read more).