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Sandburg volunteer makes farewell tribute to Brandyburg

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FLAT ROCK — A volunteer with the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara has made a video tribute to Tyrone Brandyburg, who was named superintendent of Harpers Ferry National Historic Park in West Virginia after serving for 4½ years as superintendent at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock.


Richard Labunski, a retired journalism professor and resident of Flat Rock, made the six-minute video about Brandyburg’s accomplishments and the major projects at the park, including a new amphitheater that will be available to the community. Click here to watch.
“He’s made it so easy for people to cooperate,” Nancy Pew, president of the Friends of Connemara, a nonprofit agency that supports the Carl Sandburg Home site, says in the video. “He’s put together a phenomenal team here. He was just a really good catalyst for making everything pop. He’s a tremendous businessman. You have to learn the government. I think he’s been pretty savvy and I think that’s why the park was able to benefit.”
Among the achievements Labunski’s tribute documents are trail rehabilitation, acquiring funding for the new amphitheater, acquisition of a new van to carry visitors from the parking lot to the home and renovation and repair of the Sandburg home and goat barn.
Brandyburg deflected credit to the employees and volunteers he worked with during his service here.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge (at Harpers Ferry) but very saddened by the fact that I will lose not just employees, volunteers and community people but friends,” he said.