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Burkich presents program to WC Historical Society

Mike Burkich, a 36-year Woodford County resident, will present a program on Woodford County native General John Buford to the Woodford County Historical Society on Thursday, Aug. 23. This program will be at 6:30 p.m. at the society’s facility, 121 Rose Hill Ave., Versailles.

Burkich graduated from Georgetown College with a BA in history, and later, attained his Rank I and Rank II certifications at Morehead State University and Eastern Kentucky University respectively. He was employed at Woodford County High School in three areas; as a history teacher, football coach and as both an assistant and head principal for over 20 years. A native of Letcher County, he initially taught in Jenkins, Ky. and later in Scott County for five years.

Attired in uniform, Burkich will present select information on General Buford’s life (1836-1863). Buford was involved on the frontier in Texas, Mexico, Kansas and Utah and served in both the Mexican War and the Civil War, with at least five noted battles in the latter war. Shortly after contracting typhoid fever in the fall of 1863, General Buford died on Dec. 16 that year and is buried at West Point. Guests are welcome to attend the Society’s program.

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