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NM Historical Society Presents Veteran’s Day Program on A Woman Spy of Revolutionary War


On November 11, Veteran’s Day, the North Manchester Historical Society will present a program by Linda Kuester on Elizabeth Burgin, a true American heroine of the Revolutionary War.  Burgin was a Quaker who was especially moved by the plight of colonial prisoners of war held by the British in New York Harbor.  She helped over 200 prisoners escape, and was noted for her service by General George Washington. 


Kuester will provide background information on the Revolutionary War and the colonial spy networks, and tell the story of Burgin.  She will also appear in the character of Burgin and give a first-person account of her activities. 


Kuester gave a very well-received program at the NMHS last year on her mother’s experience as a Harvey Girl.  She has lived in Wabash County with her husband David Kuester since 1970.  Kuester retired in 2005 as Chief Nurse of Education Services for the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System after a 35-year career with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.  She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and became interested in Burgin through that association. 


The program will be held in the Assembly Room of Timbercrest Senior Living Community, 2201 East Street, at 6:40 p.m.  There is no cost for the program, which is free to the public.  All are welcome.  While many attend only the program, the public is also invited to come to the Assembly Room at 6 p.m. for a meal prior to the presentation.  For those who wish to attend the dinner, reservations must be made no later than noon on Friday, November 8.  The cost of the meal is $8.50.  Reservations may be made by calling Mary at 260-982-1813, Evelyn at 260-982-6777, or the Center for History at 260-982-0672.