Making History Personal at Burke History Day 2016

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Burke Connection

By Tim Peterson

November 14, 2016

Burke — Burke History Day 2016, put on by the Burke Historical Society, was all about getting community members to become more engaged in the study of history themselves.

Titled “Finding Your History,” the day-long event on Nov. 5 at the Burke Centre Library included half a dozen special research workshops in addition to poster displays, stories from Silas Burke himself and children’s activities.

Chris Barbuschak from the Fairfax library started the day with a session on searching old newspaper archives through online databases.

Lexie Station gave an instructional talk on using FamilySearch, an extensive, free database operated by the Mormon Church, to search and store one’s family tree.

Other workshops included a children’s program about the Silas Burke House and Huldah Coffer (read more).