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Penn-Trafford senior organizes free-admission day at Bushy Run Battlefield and museum

Patrick Varine
| Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, 3:30 p.m.
Emily Liska of Harrison City
Emily Liska of Harrison City
Mike Huston of Fawn Township takes pictures of the Bushy Run Battlefield re-enactment in Penn Township on Aug. 5, 2017.
Kyle Hodges | Tribune-Review
Mike Huston of Fawn Township takes pictures of the Bushy Run Battlefield re-enactment in Penn Township on Aug. 5, 2017.

Emily Liska of Harrison City has been volunteering at Bushy Run Battlefield for the past six years. The Penn-Trafford High School senior has logged about 1,000 hours of volunteering and also met her boyfriend of the past two years there.

So when it came time to choose a senior project, Liska's decision was easy.

“I always tell people I think Bushy Run is one of the most beautiful places on Earth,” Liska said.

On March 11, Liska, 18, will organize a free day for the public at the battlefield and museum, off Bushy Run Road in Penn Township.

Liska began volunteering there at age 12.

“I was starting to develop an interest in history, and my mom had been there several times and suggested I volunteer there,” she said.

Liska helps manage social media posts for the museum and battlefield, does media interviews, writes news releases for events and has organized several events, along with answering the phone and taking visitors on guided tours.

On March 11 from noon to 5 p.m., visitors will be able to tour the museum and battlefield at no cost. Bushy Run Winery will also be on hand, and the day will include several basket raffles.

Liska said she has learned a lot from her fellow volunteers.

“They're all really incredible people,” she said. “I've done about 1,000 hours out there at this point, and its not even a job. I love it.”

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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