HSBC summer2

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: Berks History Center Museum will be closed on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 for a Strategic Planning Retreat.

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


volunteerbutton          memberbutton

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Library is a state-of-the-art research facility that collects, organizes and preserves over 200 years of Berks County historical documents.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.

NOTICE: THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED through February 2017.

The Henry Janssen Library will remain closed through February due to a new shelving installation project. The library will reopen for research at the end of Februrary (exact date TBA). We apologize for the inconvenience while we upgrade our storage facilities.



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

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