Learning About Burke History

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Burke Connection
By Arisa Ishita
October 8, 2015

How many people know that Burke is named after the 19th-century farmer, merchant and local politician, Silas Burke? What about this: how many people know that 1852 was the year when Burke received its first post office branch?

These are some of the questions the Burke Historical Society asks and gets people excited about learning Burke’s history.

The Burke Historical Society, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, was established in 1978 to “preserve the area’s history – history of its people, its places and its personalities,” Jon Vrana, president of the society, wrote in the welcome letter on the website (read more).