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The Berks History Center Museum is home to over a dozen carefully curated galleries and exhibits that showcase Berks County’s unique heritage. Want to learn more about YOUR Berks County history? Discover your roots at the BHC Museum. 

WHAT’S NEW IN 2017? Click here to discover the NEW Berks History!

Our Mission: 

The Berks History Center is an educational organization that serves to engage and excite our community by interpreting its unique past to understand the present and inspire the future.


NOTICE: In case of inclement weather, please watch or visit WFMZ for closures and opening delays. (listed as Historical Society of Berks County) 


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Announcing the 2016 William and Elizabeth Hiester Manuscript Competition.  Click here for more information.



The Henry Janssen Library is a state-of-the-art research facility that collects, organizes and preserves over 200 years of Berks County historical documents. Need help with your historical research or family history? Our team of Archivists and Research Assistants are ready to help you uncover YOUR Berks County History.




February 15, 2017 – The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, by Candice Millard

April 19, 2017 – The Wright Brothers, by David McCollough