Exhibit Specialist, Fort Pitt Museum
Mike Burke grew up roaming the hills and valleys of southwestern Pennsylvania, developing an appreciation for the early history of the region at a young age. Following his education at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, he spent several years in the film and television industry in New England before returning to Pittsburgh in 2012. He currently serves as Exhibit Specialist at the Fort Pitt Museum, caring for the museum's permanent exhibits and working with museum director Alan Gutchess to develop a string of successful and thought-provoking temporary exhibitions. Their latest, From Maps to Mermaids: Carved Powder Horns in Early America explores the rich tradition of powder horn carving practiced by 18th century soldiers, settlers, and American Indians, and features over 40 original powder horns and flasks. In 2013, the museum tackled the historical events--and popular depiction--of Pontiac's Uprising and the Siege of Pittsburgh with the exhibition Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt. In addition to his role at the museum, Mike is also a frequent contributor to the Heinz History Center's quarterly publication, Western Pennsylvania History.