The Forest County Historical Society is saddened to announce the unexpected passing of Ryan Burke Beach. Ryan has been on our Board of Directors for many years. He has always taken an interest in history especially Forest County history. Burke often talked about the importance of handing on our heritage to our future. Serving on the Buildings and Grounds Committee, he took great care in making sure the grounds were well cared for and in good shape. Some of his more recent contributions to the society are his interest in and care of the Model T, the new roof, organizing the basement and the attic, updating the electricity, Civil War presentations at both Tuesday Talks and most recently at our Fall Dinner, the new sign which is in the works to better identify the building as a museum.
Our Board has now met once without Burke and each of us discussed the things we will miss about this simple but honorable man.